Durham College Students Win Student Series Competition Hosted by Canoe


OSHAWA, Ont. — Students from Durham College’s Centre for Food (CFF) have won Canoe Restaurant’s student series competition, which asked entrants to create a video answering the question, ‘What does Canadian food mean to you?’

Held as part of Canada 150 celebrations, the competition featured submissions from 23 post-secondary schools. The winning team will enjoy an exclusive dining experience at Canoe’s iconic Chef’s Rail, followed by an overnight stay at the Le Germain Hotel.

Durham College students Casey Chessman (Horticulture – Food and Farming), Tamara Green, Khadijah Hosein and Emilie Woytowich (Advanced Baking and Pastry Arts) and Ikra Ijaz (Hospitality – Hotel and Restaurant Operations Management) created the winning video, which explores the Three Sisters — corn, beans and squash — and their role in Aboriginal cuisine. The team used the interconnectedness of these crops as an analogy for Canada’s multi-culturalism and its positive impact on the ever-evolving idea of what constitutes Canadian cuisine.

“We are absolutely thrilled for the students who won Canoe’s student series competition,” says Kevin Baker, principal, Whitby campus, Durham College. “They are studying in programs that are rooted in the field-to-fork philosophy, which gives them a unique perspective on the role food and farming have played — and continue to play — in shaping Canadian culture, including cuisine. The submission that they created highlighted the traditions and diversity that make our country special.”

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