By Ryan Marquis, Culinary Federation National President
June was an exciting month, with 200 chefs, cooks, and culinary partners gathered in Saskatoon for the first Culinary Federation National Annual Conference since 2019. We were thrilled to be back in person to Reset, Reconnect, and Revive the culinary industry through networking, education sessions, product showcases, culinary competitions, and awards celebrations.
Conference highlights included:
The Senior Chef Culinary Challenge Gold Medal Plates Welcome Reception
with Chef Tina Tang from CF Okanagan taking first place.
Nestlé Family Food Culinary Knowledge Bowl
It was a battle of east vs. west with Fanshawe College (Ontario) and NAIT (Alberta) with NAIT being the first annual champion to take home $5,000.
Wanuskewin Heritage Park Indigenous experience
This experience features Indigenous chefs from across Saskatchewan preparing cultural dishes, traditional Indigenous storytelling, song and dance presentation, and members taking educational and experiential tours throughout the park.
The President’s Gala & Awards Night at PraireLand Park
The four Olympic Culinary Teams prepared an incredible culinary experience for guests from cocktail reception to five-course plated meal. Winners of Senior Chef, Young Chef, and Member of the Year Awards, Culinary Challenge Winners, and Presidents Awards were honoured.
If you couldn’t join us at the Culinary Federation National Annual Conference, we sincerely hope to have you with us next year in Niagara Falls, Ontario as we celebrate 60 years!
This Milestone Conference will be June 4 to 8, 2023 at Marriott on the Falls. Registration will open in January, so stay tuned to www.culinaryfederation.ca.
We like to say the Culinary Federation is so much more than a professional association. As you can clearly see in all of the above – it’s friendship, it’s fun, and it’s family.
The Federation Family Focus has four main pillars: Education, Health & Wellness/Community Involvement, Culinary Challenges/Competitions, and Networking/Personal/Professional Development. The National Board of Directors and administrative team strive to serve the Federation Family and bring chefs, cooks, and culinary partners from across the country together in a joint passion for all things culinary.
Come find where you fit in! Join the Culinary Federation Family today. To learn more, visit our website at www.culinaryfederation.ca
If you have any questions about the Culinary Federation and our Member Experience, please contact me at [email protected].
Thank you sincerely,