Niagara College cheers on Junior Culinary Team Canada

A lively crowd waved Canadian flags and clapped their thundersticks at Niagara College November 7 during an enthusiastic send-off event for Junior Culinary Team Canada.

Held at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus the send-off drew students staff and faculty to wish the team members well before they depart for Luxembourg for the World Culinary Championships November 21-27 2014. The championships will be the first international competition for the team comprised of current culinary students and recent graduates from the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) since they won the title of Junior Culinary Team Canada a year ago. The team will represent Canada on the world stage until they compete at the World Culinary Olympics in 2016.

Niagara College president Dan Patterson praised the hard work and dedication of the team members. “Part of our mandate at Niagara College is to build on our distinct strengths – particularly our CFWI which is emerging as a world-class centre of excellence. It is you the students and graduates who have won the right to compete against the culinary world who exemplify our commitment to becoming Canada’s premier college for culinary food and fermentation sciences” said Patterson.

Patterson also commended CFWI faculty and staff who have and continue to contribute to the team’s success. “Through their hard work and commitment they are helping to provide a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience for our students – something that will truly set them apart as they pursue careers in the culinary world.”

“This opportunity not only showcases the excellence of our culinary programs but will take the ‘NC button’ around the globe showing the world the level of excellence Niagara College and the CFWI delivers in all our programs” said dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute Craig Youdale. “We are proud to take that message to the world.”

St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley also attended to cheer on the team. “All of us in Niagara are extremely proud of the Niagara College Junior Culinary Team and we wish them well as they compete with the best in the world” he said.

The college community and the public are encouraged to send messages to the team via its website (in the Guestbook section) and to visit the website regularly to follow the team’s progress as they journey to Luxembourg this month all the way to the World Culinary Olympics in 2016.

About Junior Culinary Team Canada

Junior Culinary Team Canada is made up of current students and recent graduates from Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. Our reigning Niagara College Junior Culinary Team Canada earned 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. The team gained the distinction of representing Canada at international culinary competitions up until and including the 2016 World Culinary Olympics in Germany where it will compete against more than 30 countries.

Members of Junior Culinary Team Canada include captain Ian Dawson (Coldwater/St. Catharines); lead members Daniella Germond (St. Catharines) David Ross (Peterborough) and Megan Proper (Burford); alternate lead member Rebekka Schmitt (Silverdale); and support team members Katrina Young (Hamilton) Scott McInerney (Peterborough/St. Catharines) Trevor Littlejohn (Paisley) Ben Lillico (Waterloo) and Jeremy Gilligan (St. Catharines.)

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