In August of 2014, the Prince George Citizen hosted the Northern Taste Market at the BC Northern Exhibition, with its most memorable highlight being the Iron Ore Chef Challenge where the city’s best greatest chefs gathered for a head-to-head competition mirroring those found on television hosted by flamboyant hosts spouting memorable catch-phrases.
Northern Taste was lucky to boast such a presenter in the form of Bob Blumer, host of Food Network’s The Surreal Gourmet, Glutton for Punishment, and World’s Weirdest Restaurants. With Bob as emcee, the original Iron Ore brought together the head chefs of favourite local spots such as Twisted Cork, North 54, and White Goose Bistro. After three days, Ryan Cyre and his team from White Goose emerged victorious.
The event proved such a hit that Bob returned for a repeat a year later, seeing the return of Ryan’s team along with new competitors from Shiraz and EZ Meals, though it was the meteoric rise of chef Dawna Laramee from the amateur division that drew the crowds. Ultimately, the winner fell to Jagdish Gill and her team from Karahi King, boasting unique dishes that would eventually find themselves on the restaurant’s menu that patrons can still order today.
Which brings us to the present, and the PG’s Chef Challenge Dinner. On May 10, at the Black Clover Banquet Hall, four of Prince George’s top restaurants will face off in a multi-course dinner with Bob Blumer graciously returning to host. And this time, it’s for charity, raising money for the Prince George Hospice Society. Each chef will present their original dish as part of an overall meal, concluding with an original dessert from Blumer himself. Throughout the evening, Bob will be interviewing chefs and attendants; no panel of judges this year—the audience alone decides the victor.
This fundraiser dinner will feature the culinary talents of…
Ryan Cyre from White Goose. A fixture in the Prince George culinary scene, Chef Ryan’s restaurant was named one of Canada’s Top 25 restaurants by enRoute magazine, and he is a winner of the Farmer’s Market Chef Challenge and the Golden Cork Award.
Brian Quarmby of Betulla Burning. Heralding from world famous vacation spots like the Sonora Resort and Mission Hill Winery, Brian eventually landed at local hot spot Nancy O’s. It didn’t take long before he took charge next door at Prince George’s most famous pizzeria.
Chris Angus of The Twisted Cork. Chris has been a local culinary icon for many years, having worked in local restaurants for over 20 years. From pubs to hotels, Chris has done it all, culminating in the opening of his signature restaurant just under a decade ago.
Jagdish Gill from Karahi King. Jagdish operates not only one of the most famous restaurants in town, but arguably one of the most famous Indian restaurants in all of BC, proudly display awards to prove it. And yet, Jagdish still prides herself claiming Karahi King as a simple neighborhood restaurant.
The PG’s Chef Challenge is a fundraiser for the Prince George Hospice Society. Tickets are $85. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org