CFWI prepares to welcome secondary students for High School Cookoff

Pictured above:  Stamford Collegiate students Chloe Raaflaub and Alex Woods and teacher Ellen Retzman display their team’s plated dishes at the 2012 High School Cookoff.

Next week may be reading week, but there will be no shortage of students at the CFWI Monday, Feb. 25 for the 9th annual High School Cookoff.

The CFWI is welcoming culinary students from high schools across Ontario to its ninth annual Niagara Invitational High School Cookoff. The event, to be held Monday, Feb. 25, will draw 72 students from 24 high schools from across Ontario, from areas including the Niagara region, Toronto, Mississauga, Peterborough, Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Brantford. (List of participating schools – by city – is included below.)

The event will include a culinary and baking competition. As part of the culinary competition, students compete in teams of two to prepare two portions of a menu of identical entrees. They will be judged on culinary techniques, balance of menu, plate presentation, kitchen sanitation and taste.

In the baking competition, individual competitors must present dinner rolls, a Lemon Meringue Pie, and a fully decorated cake. They will be judged on baking and decoration techniques, presentation and kitchen sanitation.

Dean of the CFWI Jon Ogryzlo said the contest provides students with the opportunity to work in the CFWI’s state-of-the-art facility and to develop their skills.

“Competition is a major focus for students at The Canadian Food and Wine Institute and we are pleased to extend this wonderful learning opportunity to high school students at the ninth annual High School Cookoff,” said Ogryzlo. “By participating in this event, students will have a chance work in our state-of-the-art facility to develop their culinary and interpersonal skills, and we are sure the experience will equip them with a great sense of accomplishment.”

Students will be vying for first, second and third place prizes, in the culinary and baking categories. Prizes include a $1,000 scholarship, and cooking/baking equipment.

The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with competitors presenting their dishes at 12:30 p.m. (culinary) and 1 p.m. (baking). Winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. in room HT 109.



Beamsville District Secondary School


St. John’s College


Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School

Fort Erie

Fort Erie Secondary


Blessed Trinity Catholic


Cathedral High School


Milton District High School


John Cabot Catholic Secondary School

St. Francis Xavier Secondary School

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School

Niagara Falls

AN Myer

Saint Paul Catholic High School

Stamford Collegiate


St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School

White Oaks Secondary


Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute

St. Peter’s Secondary School

Port Colborne

Lakeshore Catholic High School

St. Catharines

Kernahan Park Secondary School

St. Catharines Collegiate


Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute

Thistletown Collegiate Institute (Etobicoke)


Eastdale Secondary School

Notre Dame College School


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