Toronto competitors announced for Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship
10 locals chefs chosen to compete for the chance to win $10,000 grand prize at National Finals
The regional competitors for the 2019 Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship’s Toronto Heat have been chosen. After careful review of over 150 excellent submissions from young Canadian chefs (age 28 and under) from across the country, the competition was narrowed down to 40 chefs; only ten chefs per Regional Heat in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal. The talented Toronto chefs are set to compete this May for two coveted places to represent their city at the National Finals this fall.
“Every year we are impressed by the aspiring young chefs who apply and make the selection process increasingly difficult,” says Scholarship founder Chef David Hawksworth. “The application goes beyond technique and creativity of their selected recipes, demonstrating a solid reflection of their professionalism and kitchen etiquette.”
Chef Hawksworth will be joined by a panel of esteemed judges in Toronto, including Culinary Professor at George Brown College, Chef Riley Bennett; Chef Julien Laffargue of Ricarda’s; Chef Mark McEwan of The McEwan Group; and Chef Chris Stewart of Vancouver’s Donnelly Group to determine which top two chefs will move ahead to the national competition in October to compete for the $10,000 scholarship and bragging rights as the “2019 Top Young Chef of Canada.”
The ten competitors chosen to compete in the Toronto Heat on May 25th, 2019 at George Brown College are:
- Daniel Angus, Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa
- Andrew Lecky, Private Chef
- Solomon Mason, Aloette
- Gary Mundi, Canoe Restaurant
- Michael Ovejas, Hexagon
- Joanna Seballos, DaiLo
- Kristopher Simmons, Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa
- Aravind Sundararaj, Campagnolo
- Shai-Ann Tyson, Eagles Nest Golf Club
- Todd Youngson, Pantry
The National Finals will be held in Vancouver this October and following last year’s successful program expansion in Toronto, will include an exciting schedule of mentorship and professional development opportunities including dinners, workshops and field trips in the days leading up to the Black Box competition. For the first time this June, Chef Hawksworth and previous Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship alumni will travel to Italy for four days to explore wineries and restaurants – these unique experiences are offered as part of the Scholarship’s goal to build a community where resources, ideas, information and advancements in the culinary field can be shared.
For more information visit hawksworthscholarship.com or follow along on Instagram at @hawkscholarship to keep up with the latest news, watch the competitions from behind-the-scenes and learn more about the chefs and judges.