Vancouver 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 Vancouver 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 Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. The talented Vancouver 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 Vancouver, including Chef Lee Cooper of L’Abattoir, Coquille Fine Seafood & No.1 Gaoler’s Mews; Chef Scott Jaeger of The Pear Tree Restaurant; Media personality Mijune Pak; Chef Adam Pegg of La Quercia; Chef Chris Stewart of Donnelly Group; and Chef de Cuisine at Hawksworth Restaurant Quinton Bennett 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 Vancouver Heat on May 10th, 2019 at Vancouver Community College (VCC) are:

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.

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