TORONTO — Skills Ontario held its culinary arts qualifying competitions at various community colleges across Ontario April 14, and Toronto’s Humber College hosted 14 high school-level competitors vying to advance to the Ontario Technological Skills Competition to be held in Waterloo, Ont., May 1.
Competitors were chosen by their respective school boards and asked to create a three-course meal of minestrone soup, beef roulade and chocolate mousse for four people in a set time.
First place was awarded to Kadie Rouleau, of Peel District School Board; second place was awarded to Takayla Ferron, Toronto Catholic District School Board and third place was awarded to Devon Fletcher, of the SouthEast Toronto District School Board.
Robert Secord, culinary instructor at Humber College, and competition judge, was impressed with the level of skill displayed during the competition. “The talent is quite good — it’s surprising,” he said. “Some students have good skills while others may have some challenges, but they’re thinking a bit out of the box, so it worked out well.”
Skills Canada culinary competitions give students the opportunity to learn, while giving the public a glimpse into the chef trade.