A winning palate- first year Niagara College student wins silver in Winnipeg


As the 2017 National Skills Competition came to a close in early June, NC’s Quentin Petrovich celebrated his impressive second-place win in the culinary arts category. This competition is far from a stand-alone win for Petrovich; in order to qualify to represent Ontario with his cooking skills within this Canadian competition, he won gold for NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) at the Skills Ontario Competition (SOC).

Niagara College students have been competing at Skills competitions for over 15 years, with usually 2-3 students representing the College at the Ontario level. Only the gold medal winner of the SOC goes to the national level to face off against competitors form other provinces and territories. Petrovich’s silver medal on the national stage is the best finish the College has had in the cooking category since winning gold in 2013 for baking in Vancouver.

“These competitions are a reflection of the level of training and development that the students receive in their time with our culinary program,” said Craig Youdale, dean of the CFWI. “Quentin was able to take all that he learned in school, combine that with the work he does at Peller Estates Winery, and join forces with his mentor Chef Professor Olaf Mertens to focus his passion and skills.  The entire division is very proud of Quentin and look forward to seeing him back in class again this fall and who knows what the future holds for him next year!”

About the Skills Canada National Competition

The Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) was held May 31st– June 3rd, 2017 at the RBC Convention center in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The best and brightest students from across Canada are measured against industry standards in the skilled trades. The competition provides competing students with the rare opportunity to develop their skills through a hands-on competition against their peers. The SCNC offers students the chance to be named Canada’s best in their chosen field. This competition brings together industry professionals, government and educators as well as visiting students to take part in this interactive Try-a-Trade® and Technology activities. The competition features skilled trade competitions ranging from cooking and mobile robotics to welding, aircraft maintenance and fashion design. Through these competitions, Skills/Compétences Canada brings attention to the variety of skilled trades and technology sectors to the Canadian youth and their influencers. For more information visit: skillscompetencescanada.com/en/skills-canada-national-competition/scnc-winnipeg-2017/

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