Culinary Showdown

Quebec’s first annual Culinary Showdown supports hereditary breast cancer research

Press release

A passion for food and a commitment to help understand and better treat hereditary breast cancer by funding research – that’s the goal of the Culinary Showdown, the first edition of a fundraising event and gala dinner that will bring together home cooks, amateur chefs and foodies. In this extraordinary challenge, culinary enthusiasts raise funds for a chance to cook alongside celebrity chefs in the same kind of “Chopped” style team competition that’s usually seen on TV.

Mouth-watering recipes will become a reality on Sunday, October 29, at Arsenal Contemporary Art (Montreal), 2020 William St. On the menu is a Celebrity Chefs’ School, to be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., before the showdown gets under way (6:00 to 11:00 p.m.).

Celebrity chefs like Tyler Florence, Kimberly Lallouz, Mark McEwan, Danny Smiles, and Michael Smith are excited about participating in an event hosted by Brad Smith of Chopped Canada in support of two incredible organizations joining in the event for the cause. The Jewish General Hospital provides general and specialized care of superior quality, with particular attention to safety and to maximizing all aspects of the patient experience. The Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation is the only non-profit organization in the province devoted entirely to the fight against breast cancer, investing here in Quebec exclusively in research and innovation. Its mission for the last 20 years has also been focused on raising awareness and providing education and support to those affected by this disease and their loved ones.

“New ongoing research has revolutionized the approach to breast cancer thanks to constantly evolving research targeted therapy has resulted in more successful therapeutic outcomes and improved survival of patients with breast cancer.” – Dr. André Lisbona (Honorary Patron of the Culinary Showdown)

The Culinary Showdown is an exclusive experience that sets the tone for true culinary education. Celebrity chefs will coach participants on epicurean techniques while the teams compete earn the title of Culinary Showdown Master.

Enjoy a gourmet meal as the celebrity chefs and their teams of top fundraisers take the stage, but keep your keen culinary skills handy throughout the dinner, as members of the audience may be called upon to participate. The 50 top fundraisers earn the right to test their culinary talents live on stage alongside their team and celebrity chef. Five teams will compete under the spotlight to create three unique dishes applying the skills mastered during Celebrity Chefs School.  Each food course is time-sensitive and must use all the “Mystery Ingredients” provided to create a unique masterpiece that will be judged by a discerning panel for taste and presentation.

Fuel your passion for food at the Celebrity Chefs School, as the Celebrity chefs will coach you on how to become a culinary master. They will cover everything from picking the perfect ingredients to plating. You’ll learn trade secrets on food prep, knife skills, cooking methods and more. You’ll learn what it takes to keep your cool when things heat up in the kitchen.

“This event is a wonderful way to bring people together and get them to participate in an original way to the fight against breast cancer” said Nathalie Tremblay, QBCF President. “This is an excellent opportunity for our foodies to use their skills in the kitchen for a cause they believe in.”

Food lovers, cooking connoisseurs and novices alike are invited to this opportunity to learn from some of the best chefs in the country and support JGHF and QBCF.

Register for the Culinary Showdown at

About the Jewish General Hospital

Since 1934, the JGH has been providing cutting-edge treatment and compassionate care to patients from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds in Montreal, throughout Quebec and beyond. It is one of the province’s largest and busiest acute-care hospitals, and a member-facility of the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal.

About The Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation

For more than 20 years, the Foundation has focused its mission on promoting the well-being of affected people and their loved ones through research and innovation, support and raising awareness. Find out why our foundation is now the reference and your best ally for a future without breast cancer.

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