GUELPH, Ont. — Mississauga, Ont.’s Kantene Restaurant has been named the winner of Ontario’s Best Veal Sandwich for 2019. Held by the Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO), the competition featured more than 80 sandwich makers and three rounds of judging.
“Thousands of people in Ontario took the time to nominate their favourite veal-sandwich maker,” says Jennifer Haley, executive director of the VFO. “We’ve found that the passion of veal-sandwich fans is nearly equal to that of our members, who proudly raise grain-fed veal on their family farms. For our farmers, it’s fulfilling to know their hard work is coveted by so many.”
Run by chef Harith Darshana, Kantene’s Panko-breaded Ontario veal beat out California Sandwiches, Claremont in Toronto and Tutti Panini from Richmond Hill, Ont. in the final round.
Known for a veal sandwich that is a little thicker than most, Kantene’s “Veal Supreme” is served on a soft bun and topped with grilled eggplant, melted bocconcini in a tomato-based basil sauce, with melted provolone and crispy Parmasean.
The competition was judged by John Catucci, host of Food Network Canada’s You Gotta Eat Here! and Big Food Bucket List; last year’s winners, Sian Burns and Dina Marsillo of Kitchener, Ont.-based Nostra Cucina; and Tom Kroesbergen, chair of the VFO. They were also joined by Melinda Paletta, who won her spot at the judges’ table through a contest hosted by the VFO.
“Judging Ontario’s Best Veal Sandwich competition is probably the most Italian thing I have done in my life,” says Catucci. “It wasn’t a hardship by any means, but it was a real challenge to select just one winner. Each maker brings their own inspirations and history to this simple combination of Ontario veal and tomato sauce on a bun.”