“Walking the Talk”: Two chefs’ roads to becoming Canadian culinary masters

By Gregory Furgala | Photos courtesy of Shonah Chalmers It had been a gruelling 12-hour day in the kitchen. Oliver Li had just finished the first of five days of exams in his second and last bid to earn his Certified Master Chef designation, Canada’s highest and most challenging culinary certification. He failed on his […]

InterContinental Toronto Centre’s executive chef achieves culinary mastery

Press Release InterContinental Toronto Centre is proud to announce that  their executive chef, Shawn Whalen, has received the prestigious Certified Master Chef (CMC) designation. Chef Whalen devoted endless hours of hard work, dedication and passion to reach this impressive achievement in his field. The CMC professional designation under the Canadian Culinary Institute (CCI) is the highest […]

The road to Master Chef: An inside look at the journey to achieving culinary mastery in Canada

It is the pinnacle of culinary achievement in this country: Certified Master Chef. For the three Canadian chefs who have embarked upon this daunting and challenging journey, it represents the culmination of their life’s work. It is a journey that is not taken lightly, but with focus, commitment, determination and a passion to succeed. Developed […]