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CNC student to compete for Culinary Apprentice of the Year award

Prince George’s Aaron Ivanoff is one of 11 competitors from around the province who will be taking part in the Culinary Apprentice of the Year Award competition at Vancouver Community College’s downtown campus November 2.

Competitors were selected from over 40 applications and will be heading to Vancouver from northern B.C., the Okanagan, Vancouver Island, and the Lower Mainland. The competition is being revived this year after a decade-long absence and, for the first time, is including competitors from across the province. This year’s competitors are:

  • Theo Brisley (Kelowna)
  • Raul Copete Vazquez (Burnaby)
  • Deidre Davis (Laxgalts’ap/Greenville)
  • Siobhan Detkavich (Kelowna)
  • Aaron Hoffman (Vancouver)
  • Aaron Ivanoff (Prince George)
  • Katie Macbeth (Kelowna)
  • Keenan Martens (Victoria)
  • Emily Poisson (Victoria)
  • Nathan Sundeen (Vancouver)
  • Joshua Tocher (West Kelowna)

“CNC’s professional cook instructors praised Aaron Ivanoff as a dedicated student who always strived to do his best throughout the Level 1 and Level 2 training he completed at CNC,” said Frank Rossi, Dean of Trades and Technologies at College of New Caledonia. “He won an award for being the top student in his class, and it’s great to see him further his training. He’s the first participant in the Culinary Apprentice of the Year Award competition to train at CNC, and we wish him the best of luck.”

“These competitors represent the cream of the crop in culinary excellence,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, in a news release. “These highly-skilled students are living their passion and showcasing the state-of-the-art facilities, training, and mentorship opportunities offered by B.C.’s public colleges and universities. I’m proud that their hard work is being recognized as they represent the best of British Columbia’s world-class culinary scene.”

“It was important for us to make sure that this competition is truly inclusive and reflects the cultural, geographic, and demographic composition of our province,” said Shelley Gray, CEO of Industry Training Authority. “With the range of backgrounds, each competitor is going to bring a unique approach to their dishes based on their regions, training, and personal experiences.”

Competitors will be required to create a three-course meal for judges and invited guests at the culinary event in Vancouver on November 2. To be eligible, applicants had to have received their Red Seal Chef Certificate in 2018 or be registered as a third year culinary apprentice in 2019. They must also be working in B.C. at the time of the competition.

It’s an excellent way for competitors to test their skills, learn from others, and talk to chefs who are willing to share their knowledge. Some of the judges include world-class chefs such as Bruno Marti, Hamid Salimian, Morgan Wilson, and James Hutton.

“Being involved in the apprenticeship culture is a huge part of my life,” said Chef Scott Jaeger, PastPresident of Chefs’ Table Society of BC and Proprietor of The Pear Tree Restaurant. “Providing opportunities like this competition, especially with travel, nurture and strengthen our culture, our way of life.”

The Culinary Apprentice of the Year Award winner will have the opportunity to accompany Culinary Team BC to Germany for the World Culinary Olympics in February 2020. The competition is sponsored by Chefs’ Table Society of BC, Vancouver Community College, and Industry Training Authority, along with BC Chefs Association, North Vancouver Island Chefs Association, Okanagan Chefs Association, and Victoria Chefs Association.

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