Think Chopped Canada meets real life. The Garland Canada International Chef Challenge returns to the PEI International Shellfish Festival with its most intense competition yet. The Competition is the Festival’s most prestigious event.
All the action you can handle
This is a high stake competition where $10,000 cash is on the line and has quickly become a crowd favourite as chefs go to head under the pressure of a live audience. The competition heats up when the judges chop the competition down to 6 finalists, pitting the chefs against each other in an intense semi-final round. Be there to count down the seconds on the clock as the final six chefs put their culinary skills to the test under extreme pressure in hopes of making it to the final round.
$10K is up for Grabs
This is where champions are made. The final two chefs go on to compete head-to-head on the Main Stage in front of a live audience for the grand prize of $10,000.
Established in 2003 this competition has evolved over a decade into what is now known as one of Canada’s longest running culinary competitions. This fierce competition is presented by Garland Canada in partnership with the Culinary Institute of Canada.
12 Chefs go head to head in front of a live audience and panel of celebrity judges. Chefs will be given a black box of ingredients and asked during the 45 minute preliminary heat to prepare an entrée dish. From the 1 dish prepared Chefs will prepare 4 plates, one plate for each judge for tasting, 4th plate will be used for visual display for judges.
Chefs will judged on presentation, taste, and menu. This is a high stake world class culinary competition with $10,000 cash prize on the line for first place. Competitors are expected to bring creativity and originality to their dishes, highlighting Prince Edward Islands world class shellfish. For more details on 2018 judging criteria, click here.
2018 Garland Canada International Chef Challenge Winners:
1st – Chef Darren Rogers, Park Restaurant – Montreal, Quebec
Runner Up – Chef Jesse Zuber, Little Grouse on the Prairie, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2017 Garland Canada International Chef Challenge Winners:
1st ($10,000) – Chef Jinhee Lee – Foreign Concept Restaurant Calgary, AB
2nd ($2,500) – John Vetere- Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario