INDIGICHEF: Indigenous Culinary Competition
Friday, June 21, Saturday, June 22, Sunday, June 23
The Festival is proud to welcome Indigenous chefs from across Canada to compete in the inaugural INDIGICHEF Indigenous Culinary Competition.
FEAST – Friday, June 21
Phase 1 of competition takes place on Indigenous Day when all participants prepare and serve their own signature dishes to guests attending FEAST an evening gathering taking place at the Festival in Vincent Massey Park. The public can purchase tickets to FEAST for $75 and will become judges of this “People’s Choice” component. Guests will award points to chefs for the overall Taste, Presentation and Creativity of each dish. FEAST scores will account for a percentage of final culinary scores.
BLACK BOX COMPETITION – Saturday, June 22
Black-box culinary contests judged by a panel of industry experts take place on Saturday, Each contestant will be assigned a kitchen and presented with a black box containing the competition’s mystery ingredients, an assortment of items that each will need to incorporate into the dishes presented to the judges. During a “Quick Fire” contest, each chef will have just 30 minutes to prepare and plate an appetizer using one of the proteins in their box.The Indigichef champion will be announced Sunday afternoon from the RBC Celebration Stage.
Elijah Mack Sterling, Merrick, British Columbia
Trudy Metcalfe-Coe, Inuit Chef, Ottawa, Ontario
Chantelle Bone, Feast Bistro, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Marie-Claude LaBelle, Barriere Lake, Quebec
Justine Deschenes, Maniwaki, Quebec
Cezin Nottaway, Wawatay Catering, Maniwaki, Quebec
Joseph Shawana, Ku Kum Indigenous Kitchen, Toronto, Ontario
Charlie Sark, Indigenous Food Tourism Expert, Lennox Island First Nation, Prince Edward Island
Jennifer Campbell, Editor Edible Ottawa, Ontario
Robin Duetta, Culinary Expert, Ottawa Ontario