Secret Envelopes, Swag Boxes, Engaging Food Dishes and Fun
Recap: On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, ten restaurants and culinary schools are taking on the challenge to create entrées and desserts where fresh produce is a key component for the 500 anticipated guests at Healthy Chef Competition produced by the BC Produce Marketing Association (BCPMA) and the BC Chefs’ Association (BCCA). WHAT: The “Healthy Chef Competition” is a Vancouver based chef competition that is entering its 19th year. Up to ten restaurants and culinary schools are invited by the BCCA to create tasty dishes and desserts with a key focus on using as many fruits and vegetable as they can. As for guests, they only know what they are eating when they open the secret envelope and view their food destination.
Trophies: Four trophies will be awarded including the Healthy Half Your Plate Entrée Award (which includes a $1,000 cash prize), Best Dessert, Best Table Showcase (selected by attending food and event bloggers) and the People's Choice Award.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 21, 2018. 6:30 PM start. WHERE: Hyatt Regency, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7 TICKETS: This event, which brings together retailers, wholesalers and foodservice groups is open to everyone with an interest in food, especially fresh produce. Tickets: 604-785-0765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets $90.00 Includes dinner & dessert, the evening’s festivities and a swag box of goodies.
DETAILS: Over the years this has become a highly anticipated food event in Vancouver. The secret dinner envelopes, a chance to rub shoulders and take selfies with Freggie (the official mascot of the fruit and veggie industry), celebrities and sport guests, bidding at the live and silent auction items, enjoying music and presentations and mingling with other entertainers and taking home some great swag rounds out the evening.
JUDGING: At 18:00, five BC Chefs and two guest judges, will be evaluating each dish based on a point system. This includes the use of six (6) or more produce items, taste and plate presentation for the entrée and dessert. The formal judging is undertaken by BCCA chefs.
Returning Master of Ceremonies, Marke Driesschen, CTV’s Weathercaster will put his special spin on the evening’s events.
"The Healthy Chef competition provides a great venue for people to explore the dynamic teams in our kitchens and take some inspiration for their own creations," states Mike Pinter, Emeritus Director, BCCA judge, "We bring together talent from hotels and culinary institutes for a wonderful evening of great food and fun.”
WHY THIS EVENT:
Encourages established restaurants and up and coming culinary students to actively use fresh fruits and vegetables as the star performers on the plate
Connects the food service to grocery retail in a unique fashion - so often what happens on a chef's plate translates to what shoppers go seeking in their fresh produce department.
The more exposure and usage of fresh produce by the culinary world, the more opportunity we have to reach out to consumers with new ideas.
To challenge the talent of local rising and established chefs in Vancouver by having them get involved in a fun healthy event.
The event raises funds via the silent and live auctions. Monies are raised for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society.
The BCPMA contributes $7,000.00 to the BCCA Junior Scholarship foundation.