TORONTO – Robert Arniel has been named the recipient of the 2009 Edna award from Cuisine Canada for his contribution to regional cuisine.
For more than 23 years Arniel has been active in St. John’s culinary community, where he worked as a sous chef, executive chef and cooking instructor. He also founded Chef to Go in St. John’s in 1995, a company that provides catering and cooking classes that spotlight Newfoundland cuisine and ingredients sourced from local farms. Some of Arniel’s traditional dishes include: Newfoundland coldwater shrimp and crab dumplings, partridgeberry sorbet and Labrador caribou pistachio pate.
The Cuisine Canada awards were presented Nov. 6 at this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter fair in Toronto. Other award winners included Canadian Press food writer Judy Creighton (Founder’s Award for lifetime achievement) and author Anita Stewart (English Language Culinary Books: Canadian Food Culture Category Award – Anita Stewart’s Canada).