Media Advisory: 7th Annual Black Box Culinary Competition for Young Chefs Delivers $10,000, Mentorship, Community and Career Advancement Opportunities

When: Sunday, October 6

Where: The Dirty Apron Cooking School and Delicatessen
540 Beatty St
Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3

What: After heated regional competitions, held at top culinary institutions in Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, eight young chefs have been selected to compete at the national finals of the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship.

The finalists will compete in a ‘Black Box’ cook off in front of some of Canada’s most esteemed chefs and culinary professionals to win a $10,000 prize, an international cooking stage, a range of sponsor gifts and the ultimate bragging rights to being named Canada’s most talented young chef.

Competition begins at 9:00am PDT with address by founder Chef David Hawksworth. Award standings are announced at the evening reception at Hawksworth Restaurant at 6:00pm PDT. The National Finals return to Vancouver after being held in Toronto in 2017 and 2018.


Esteemed Judges

Chef Renée Bellefeuille – Executive Chef, Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, ON)
Chef Lee Cooper – Chef & Owner, L’AbattoirCoquille Fine Seafood & No.1 Gaoler’s Mews (Vancouver, BC)
Chef Kristian Eligh – Executive Chef, Toptable Group (Vancouver, BC)
Chef Nicole Gomes – Chef & Owner, Nicole Gourmet & Cluck ‘n’ Cleaver (Calgary, AB)
Chef Agostino Iacobucci – Ristorante Iacobucci (Italy)
Chef Renée Lavallée – Chef & Co-Owner, The Canteen (Dartmouth, NS)
Chef Adam Pegg – Chef & Owner, La Quercia (Vancouver, BC)
Chef Chris Stewart – Executive Chef, Aritzia (Vancouver, BC)
Chef Rhonda Viani – Pastry Chef, Locals Restaurant (Comox, BC)

Chef Competitors

Daniel Angus, Toronto, ON – Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa
Vincent Baronnat, Montreal, QC – Le Petit Mousso
Trevor Jerram, Calgary, AB – Previously of Trinity
Camilo Lapointe-Nascimento, Montreal, QC – Le Mousso
Ben Miller, Vancouver, BC – West Restaurant
Tyler Prevette, Vancouver, BC – Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Aravind Sundararaj, Toronto, ON – La Palma
Eric Wilson, Calgary, AB – Murrieta’s Bar & Grill