TORONTO — In an effort to shine the spotlight on female chefs and food entrepreneurs, the French Consulate, in conjunction with Ryerson University, Restaurants Canada and Canadian Women in Food have teamed up to introduce a culinary competition called “Elles Sont Food, and You?”
The culinary event is open to female chefs and entrepreneurs with the aim to create the best “cocktail party” based not only on French cuisine but also the diversity of Ontario cuisine and local ingredients. Eight female chefs will compete against one another in a competition that will determine who can produce the best finger foods and create the best cocktail-party layout. Six categories of appetizers are proposed for the competition: four savoury finger foods and two sweet ones.
As part of the competition’s launch, on March 8 — fittingly International Women’s Day — three of the culinary competition’s judges (Foodservice and Hospitality editor/publisher Rosanna Caira, Shanna Munroe, president of Restaurants Canada and Michelle Tham, cicerone at Labatts Brewery) participated in a panel moderated by Véronique Blanchard of the French Consulate’s Toronto office. The trio of women entrepreneurs discussed women’s opportunities and challenges in the foodservice and hospitality industry.
The competition is open from March 8 to March 31, 2019. Women interested in showcasing their talents by participating in the competition can register here.