On April 28th, seven young professional chefs and four student chefs representing Chaînes des Rôtisseurs member establishments in Vancouver and Victoria came together to compete at the 2018 Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs competition.
The annual competition, held at Vancouver Community College, saw our chefs participate in a classic “black box” competition, where each chef was required to create, cook and present a custom menu (appetizer, main course and dessert incorporating a pre-set assemblage of fresh ingredients) within a prescribed time limit.
Vice-Conseiller Culinaire Chef Scott Jaeger of the Chaînes des Rôtisseurs – Vancouver Bailliage, with the assistance of competition coordinator Ruth Grierson, oversaw every aspect of the competition with the generous support of some of the city’s most accomplished chefs. Chefs Poyan Danesh and James Groot oversaw the judging in the kitchen, while chefs Hamid Salimian, Ryan Stone and Gus Stieffenhofer Branson judged both presentation and taste.
This year’s event featured two parallel competitions – the Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs, where working chefs under age 25 competed for the right to represent BC at the National Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs competition later this year, and the student chef competition, which saw students from Vancouver Community College, the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and Northwest Culinary Academy compete for the Chaîne Challenge Cup.
The Chaîne is proud to announce that Chef Leah Patitucci of The Pear Tree was this year’s winner of the Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs competition. Student chef Yiyi (Carina) Du of Vancouver Community College took top honours winning the Chaîne Challenge Cup. The Chaîne would also like to acknowledge Chef Joseph Tran of Victoria, who participated in this local event to prepare for his role as Canada’s representative to the International Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs competition to take place this fall in Taiwan.
Our thanks to all of our young working chefs and student chefs on another outstanding Jeunes Chefs competition.