Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship applications open for 2020

Talented young Canadian chefs age 30 and under are invited to compete
for the opportunity of a lifetime

The Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship is excited to announce that applications for the 2020 competition are open, kicking off Canada’s largest search to find the future stars of the culinary scene. Now celebrating its eighth year, the Scholarship competition has extended applications to competitors 30 years and under and added a fifth city for Regional Heats, Halifax, thanks to generous sponsorship by Air Canada.

Established in 2013, the Scholarship looks forward to continuing its work encouraging aspiring young chefs from coast to coast by giving them the opportunity to showcase their culinary skills in front of an esteemed panel of chefs and critics. One lucky competition winner will take home the grand prize of $10,000 and a placement at one of the top restaurant’s in the world – giving them the chance to develop their professional skills on a global scale.

Regional heats will be held in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax in May:

May 2, 2020 – CalgarySouthern Alberta Institute of Technology
May 11, 2020 – TorontoGeorge Brown College
May 13, 2020 – MontrealPearson School of Culinary Arts
May 15, 2020 – HalifaxNova Scotia Community College
May 24, 2020 – VancouverDirty Apron Cooking School

“We are incredibly excited about the growth of the Scholarship for 2020,” says founder Chef David Hawksworth. “With the inclusion of Halifax, we can truly reach young chefs from coast to coast, giving them the opportunity to kick off promising careers.”

Also new this year, the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Foundation is excited to announce three mandatory plant-based ingredients for use in all regional competitions. In each regional heat, 10 selected chefs will compete against each other – and the clock – to create an original main course dish for four using green asparagus, morel mushrooms and peas, along with other common pantry ingredients. The top two from each heat will advance to the final event in October, where the ultimate prize will be awarded to the young Canadian chef who displays the drive, passion, skill and professionalism to succeed as judged by the panel of industry professionals.

The Scholarship’s founder and owner of Hawksworth Restaurant, Nightingale, and Bel Café, is joined by Head Kitchen Judge and Aritzia Executive Chef Chris Stewart and other leading chefs from across Canada including: Michael Allemeier, Certified Master Chef & Culinary Instructor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (Calgary); Renée Bellefeuille, Executive Chef, Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto); Derek Dammann, Chef & Owner, Maison Publique & McKiernan (Montreal); Michel Jacob, Chef & Owner, Le Crocodile (Vancouver); Renée Lavallée, Chef & Co-Owner, The Canteen (Halifax); Mark McEwan, Chef & Owner, The McEwan Group (Toronto); and more.

The Scholarship would not be possible without valued sponsorship from Air Canada; Cacao Barry; Canada Beef and the Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence; Canadian Linen; Club House for Chefs; Dilawri Group of Companies; Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry; Garland Canada; Gordon Food Service; Medium Rare Chef Apparel; Push Operations; and Select Wines, and is proud to offer unique learning experiences and professional development opportunities to young chefs with the ongoing goal to build a community where resources, ideas, information and advancements in the culinary field can be shared. For highlights from the 2019 National Finals visit @hawkscholarship.

Deadline for applications is Monday, March 9, 2020.

For more information and to apply, please visit: hawksworthscholarship.com/how-to-apply