“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 […]

Chef Q&A: Michael Allemeier, Instructor, Culinary Arts, SAIT Polytechnic

Education: Red Seal Journeyman 1989, CCC 2001, CMC 2017 Years of experience as a chef: Started Culinary Apprenticeship October 1986 What are your earliest memories of cooking? Being born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa and watching my father cook over charcoal (called a braai) are some of my earliest memories. We left South Africa […]

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 […]