FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Wednesday August 15, 2018)
A new event at the Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival will allow young chefs to showcase their cooking talents and compete for a $1,000 cash prize. The Junior Chef Challenge presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada will be hosted by Chef Michael Smith. Video applications were submitted to enter the challenge and six competitors aged 9 – 11 have been selected to compete.
Just like in the big leagues, junior chefs will have 45 short minutes to prepare a shellfish masterpiece and win the judges over with their creativity, plate presentation and inspired tastes. There will be a twist ingredient the junior chefs must incorporate into their dishes, which Chef Michael will be harvesting from his own farm! Junior chefs will also be tasked with incorporating dairy into their recipes.
Meet the Junior Chefs:
Annabella Sly (age 9) just moved to PEI last year from England and she loves living on the Island because there is an abundance of fresh shellfish and other delicious food to cook. She would like to open a restaurant on PEI one day with her mother!
Avery MacPhee (age 9) loves to cook and try new foods. She attends the Culinary Bootcamp “Kids are Cooking” every summer. She claims to not be good at cleaning up her mess in the kitchen but will be good at cleaning up in the competition!
Rio Bevan (age 10) loves watching his Dad cook and is eager to learn more about being a chef so he can help in the kitchen at home. He lives in Charlottetown with his Mom and Dad, two younger brothers, two dogs and his bearded dragon named Fiji!
Emery Wood (age 9) favourite thing to do is watch cooking shows and competitions like Chopped Canada, Master Chef Junior and Top Chef Canada. He has lots of experience helping his mom cook shellfish in the kitchen and dreams of being on Top Chef Junior or Master Chef Junior!
Lilly Coughlin (age 11) lives in Milton, PEI and comes from a long line of PEI shellfish harvesters and foodies. She is a seafood lover and loves experimenting in the kitchen with basically anything that comes from PEI waters!
Gram Hemphill (age 11) has travelled to Paris, the culinary capital of the world, and claims nothing beats PEI seafood. Chef Gram cooks for his family during the week and makes his Mom be the sous chef. He likes having fun in the kitchen and has made mussels, scallops and gourmet lobster rolls!
A panel of judges will have a tough decision ahead of them. Aimee Wimbush- Bourque will be one of the judges and is a big advocate for kids in the kitchen encouraging creativity and fun. “As a mom of three young cooks, I know how kids rise to a challenge in the kitchen and surprise everyone. I’m excited to see what our junior chefs bring to the competition!” says Aimee. Aimee is the author of two cookbooks and will be signing her cookbooks at the festival on Sunday September 16th at 1:00pm. Also on the judging panel will be PEI Local Food Advocate, Chef Ilona Daniel, and representative from Dairy Farmers of Canada, Jim Selman.
“It’s an honour for Dairy Farmers of Canada to be a sponsor of this year’s Junior Chef Challenge at the Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival,” said Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada. “We are so proud to be able to support such an amazing event for these talented young chefs, as they use Canadian quality milk to showcase their talents and love for cooking. On behalf of all Canadian dairy farmers, we wish the competitors the very best!”
The Junior Chef Challenge presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada will take place during the Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival on Sunday September 16th at 3:00pm. Daily admission tickets and weekend passes are available online www.peishellfish.com. Buy before September 1st and save 10%.
About the Festival:
The Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival is taking place at the Charlottetown Event Grounds on September 13-16, 2018.
The greatest celebration of shellfish in world.
Culinary demonstrations with Chef Lynn Crawford (Friday September 14 & Saturday September 15) and Chef Michael Smith (Sunday September 16).
Over $26,000 in cash prizes handed out. Competitions include oyster shucking championships, PEI potato chowder championship, Tie One On mussels competition, International Chef Challenge and Junior Chef Challenge.
Presenting Sponsor – Dairy Farmers of Canada, Media Sponsor – The Guardian
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