Minister Bradley recognizes NC Jr. Culinary Team Canada’s international achievements

The Hon. Jim Bradley MPP for St. Catharines and Chair of Cabinet was at Niagara College today to recognize the achievements of Niagara College’s Jr. Culinary Team Canada.

Minister Bradley made a special presentation to the team which is comprised of a group of current culinary students and graduates of the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute in recognition of their recent accomplishments in Luxembourg representing Canada on the world stage. Bradley also presented the team with certificates from The Hon. Jeff Leal Minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs.

In November 2014 Junior Culinary Team Canada brought home two medals from the Expogast Villeroy and Boch Culinary World Cup 2014 held in Luxembourg from Nov. 22-26: a gold medal for its hot program and a silver for its cold program. While the gold and silver medals were awarded for points the team achieved in the hot and cold programs respectively the team was ranked fifth in the world at the competition – among 14 other countries.

“The success of the Niagara College Culinary Team in at the Expogast Villeroy and Boch Culinary World Cup 2014 in Luxemburg is clear evidence of the outstanding educational opportunities that students enjoy at Niagara College and I join everyone in Niagara and indeed the province and country in offering heartiest congratulations to the Niagara College team” said Bradley.

This was the first international competition for Junior Culinary Team Canada. The team gained its title in a victory over culinary teams from Humber and Holland Colleges at The Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks (CCFCC) Junior Culinary Team Selection Competition in October 2013. In addition to representing Canada at international competitions for three years it won the distinction of representing Canada at the 2016 World Culinary Olympics in Germany.

“In addition to being a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity for our students representing their College province and country on the world stage is an outstanding source of pride” said Craig Youdale dean of Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute and manager of Jr. Culinary Team  Canada. “I know that  all of the students graduates and faculty involved are very grateful for Minister Bradley’s presentation today.”

Members of Junior Culinary Team Canada include Iain Dawson (Coldwater/St. Catharines); lead members Daniella Germond (St. Catharines) David Ross (Peterborough) and Megan Proper (Burford); and support team members Scott McInerney (Peterborough/St. Catharines) Trevor Littlejohn (Paisley) Ben Lillico (Waterloo) and Jeremy Gilligan (St. Catharines).

For information about Junior Culinary Team Canada visit

The Canadian Food and Wine Institute located on Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus is the College’s centre for food wine and beer education. The CFWI delivers culinary wine and beer programs that are unique in Canada including Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management Wine Technology Wine Business Management and Culinary Innovation and Food Technology. It is home to Benchmark the College’s teaching restaurant as well as the Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences advanced technology media applied health and community safety supported by unique learning enterprises in food wine beer horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit


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Note to editors: photo attached. Caption: From left team members Ben Lillico David Ross Jeremy Gilligan Megan Proper Daniella Germond Trevor Littlejohn Scott McInerney Robbie Aggarwal Canadian Food and Wine Institute dean Craig Youdale The Hon. Jim Bradley MPP chef-professor Avi Hollo chef-professor Olaf Mertens.


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