Culinary champ crowned

Madison Erhardt

The 2019 Canadian Culinary Champion has been crowned. 

Chef Yannick LaSalle of Restaurant Les Fougères in Chelsea, QC took home the gold medal Saturday night. 

His final dish was “Fennel with sea buckthorn, Eastern township duck magret Le Rougié and Quebec saffron, paired with 2016 Barrel Select VQA Chardonnay from Meldville Wines. 

“I am so happy I just can’t stop smiling, my team did a great job and I’m so honoured to be here.”

Not only is LaSalle named best chef in Canada, he also wins a trip to West Africa or South America to visit a chocolate plantation – donated by Cocao Barry.  

“This year marks were closer than ever, after competition I it was very close between gold and silver, this year the pack was really tight; we saw chefs who stumbled in the black box soar tonight in competition III and in the end the marks were very close, well done to all of our competitors," said James Chatto, Canadian Culinary Championships National Culinary Advisor and Head Judge,

The second and third place winners also wowed the judges and guests with their creativity. The bronze was awarded to: Chef Dave Bohati from Murrieta’s in Calgary and the silver was awarded to
Chef Christopher Hill from Taste Restaurant Group – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 

Guests not only enjoyed all 11 chefs culinary expertise, but also rocked out to  Bill Henderson and Chilliwack.
The evenings events also included a live auction where anyone could bid on unique experiences including;

  1. A trip to St. Lucia in the Caribbean with multi-platinum singer-songwriter, Johnny Reid and frontman Bill Henderson of Chilliwack 
  2. The Ultimate Napa Adventure with David Lawrason and Canadian Rock Band 54-40
  3. An Exclusive Culinary Weekend in Downtown Kelowna for Three Couples
  4. Life in the Fast Lane…Adventure in the South Okanagan

Proceeds from this memorable two-day event support three Canadian beneficiaries: B2ten, MusiCounts and Community Food Centres Canada. 

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