Culinary Students from George Brown College Compete in Nestlé Challenge


TORONTO — A selection of top students from George Brown College in Toronto had the opportunity to test their culinary mettle earlier this week when they competed in the Nestlé Professional MINOR’S Culinary Competition.

Tapping into their cultural backgrounds, the top 10 finalists where challenged to create innovative recipes inspired by global street foods. The students were required to include at least one of the Nestlé Professional MINOR’S lineup of bases and flavour concentrates.

Second-year student, Bomi Kang and first-year student, Catherine Nunez Escaro, took home the two first place prizes for their Chipotle beef and shrimp mandu with warm chunky sweet and sour sauce and flaming sizzling sisig. As well, second year student Taekong Kim was awarded The People’s Choice award for her original pretzel coated deep fried chicken with Asian infused sauce and pickled herbs dish.
The George Brown students were judged by a professional panel of industry experts, including F&H’s editor and publisher Rosanna Caira. Winners included:

First Year Winners:
First place ($1,000): Catherine Nunez Escaro – Flaming sizzling sisig

Second place ($750): Jeffery Miranda – Barbecue liver on a skewer

Third place ($500): Keanu Joshua Francisco – Seared char siu pork bao buns

Second Year Winners:
First place ($1,000): Bomi Kang – Chipotle beef and shrimp mandu with warm chunky sweet and sour sauce

Second place ($750): Taekong Kim – Pretzel coated deep fried chicken with Asian infused sauce and pickled herbs (People’s Choice Winner)

Third place ($500): Nikhil Lonkar – Ancho paneer paratha with herbed and curried yogurt

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Rosanna Caira
Rosanna Caira is the editor and publisher of Kostuch Media’s Foodservice and Hospitality, and Hotelier magazines. In her capacity as editor of Canada’s two leading hospitality publications, Rosanna directs the editorial and graphic content of both publications, and is responsible for the editorial vision of the magazines, its five websites as well as the varied tertiary products including e-newsletters, supplements and special projects. In addition to her editorial duties, Rosanna also serves as publisher of the company, directing the strategic development of the Sales and Marketing, Production and Circulation departments. Rosanna is the face of the magazines, representing the publications at industry functions and speaking engagements. She serves on various committees and Boards, including the Board of Directors of the Canadian Hospitality Foundation. She is a recipient of the Ontario Hostelry’s Gold Award in the media category. In 2006, Rosanna was voted one of the 32 most successful women of Italian heritage in Canada. Rosanna is a graduate of Toronto’s York University, where she obtained a BA degree in English literature.

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