4th annual Curry Cup Winner Announced

Chef Felix Zhou Wins 2017 Curry Cup Championship 

The Chefs' Table Society of BC congratulates chef Felix Zhou and the team from Heritage Asian Eatery for winning the 2017 Curry Cup grand championship and People's Choice award with the Thai Duck Curry with Potato Rosti dish.

On Monday, March 6, a sold out crowd of 200 attendees took part in the fourth annual Curry Cup competition at Heritage Hall. Eight acclaimed chefs from across the Vancouver culinary scene faced-off to determine which curry would reign supreme. Flavours of the competing curries ranged from sweet, to spicy with ingredients that were both traditional and unexpected. The event raised $2000.00 to support Project Chef.

Competing chefs included:

Last year's winner, chef Roger Ma of Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, returned as a judge along with Alexandra Gill, Vikram Vij and Lee Mann. 

For the fourth year in a row, Fred Lee, Man About Town, acted as emcee. The event featured not only curries from each competing restaurant but also wines from Evolve Cellars, beer from R&B Brewing, Jack Daniels cocktail samples. A special thanks to our fourth year sponsor Lonsdale Event Rentals and Bella Gelateria for providing tasty gelato for dessert. 

L to R : Neil Wyles, Curry Cup co-chair; Felix Zhou, 2017 Curry Cup Champion; Scott Jaeger, president of CTS. Credit: Charles Zuckermann

SAVE-THE-DATE:

CTS invites you to save-the-date for the upcoming Spot Prawn Festival on Saturday, May 13.    

Visit chefstablesociety.com for more information about the Chefs' Table Society of BC or to become a chef or supporting member. 

Board Meeting Minutes January 26, 2016

Date:                            Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Location:                     Campagnolo, 1020 Main St., Vancouver

Call to Order:              Scott Jaeger at 14h00

Roll Call:                      Céline Turenne

Board Attendance:     Céline Turenne, Robert Belcham, Scott Jaeger, Neil Wyles, Sid Cross, Chris Whittaker, Darren Clay, Robert Clark (For SPF topic)

Guests:                         Alex Tung, Kathleen Beveridge

Approval of Board Meeting Minutes from November 27, 2015 -   1st: Robert; 2nd: Chris

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Financial Report

  •  $41.5 K in the bank
  • HSBC bank reconciliation still pending

Membership

  • Social media will be done by Darren Clay to help keep CTS in the forefront.

Sustainability/Growers/Green Initiatives Committee

  • Gus is in Winnipeg, no report.

Marketing & Branding

  • No plans for members’ events
  • Sid and Alex will be working together to come up with a new event for the Fall

Curry Cup 2016

  • To date, no female chef participating
  • Robert B to follow-up on disposable dishes as no answer received to date from last year’s sponsor;
  • Sid suggested getting gift bags for participants (follow-up required – Celine)

Spot Prawn Festival

Festival:

  • Cookie cutter based on last year’s event;
  • Invitations have been sent to political figures at municipal, provincial and federal level to be present/speaking at the SPF when the boats arrive;
  • Scott to talk to contact at Earls to see if their staff would volunteer at the boil (10 to 15)
  • Cooking classes at PICA on the Saturday (profit generating or donated);
  • Volunteer students: if cooking classes are happening, then do we need students from other schools?

Gala dinner:

  • location to be confirmed as initial talks with Aquarium have not led to securing the venue;
  • Scott to talk to Gus about hosting the event at Perch;
  • Out of town chefs to be invited to participate (work out hotel rooms and incidental expenses – 4 Seasons?, Sutton Place?);
  • Chefs who participate at dinner could reproduce their dish at the cooking stage at SPF
  • Rob is proposing a week-long celebration with restaurants featuring spot prawn dishes,
  • Global Television: contact to see if interested in working on a one-week competition featuring teens and chefs – see if Project Chefs or Growing Chefs are interested in participating;
  • All events to be added to the SPF web site;

Fundraising/Scholarship Committee

  •  No report
  • Alex wants to get more involved with the Fundraising/Partnership part of this; should a new chair be created for Corporate fundraising to bring in additional funds and create additional scholarships?
  • Avalon Dairy: Alex will see if and how we can partner with them;

Miscellaneous

  • Proposal by Len (from Sysco) to get more involved in CTS: how can Sysco get involved with CTS: education? Budget? Not determined yet to follow up and create a committee to work and see if/how,
  •  IT update of work done: Dominic, new IT is doing a great job at fixing little bugs and coming up with creative solutions; membership payment and renewal has been automated and electronic membership cards are next.
  •  Dish n’Dazzle chefs participation (last year’s participant) confirmed on behalf of BCHF.
  •  Governor General’s Prize: Okanagan winery is sponsoring the award next year, does CTS want to get involved for the next one?

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Adjournment: Scott Jaeger @ 15h05

Next meeting: Tuesday February 23, 2016 at 14h00

Location: Campagnolo, 1020 Main St.

Board Meeting Minutes November 24, 2015

Date:                            Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Location:                     Campagnolo, 1020 Main St., Vancouver

Call to Order:             Robert Belcham at 14h01

Roll Call:                      Céline Turenne

Board Attendance:     Robert Belcham, Scott Jaeger,Céline Turenne, Darren Clay, Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson, Chris Whittaker, Neil Wyles, Ryan Bissell

Guests:                         Dennis Green, go2HR

Approval of Board Meeting Minutes from October 27, 2015 - 1st: Ryan; 2nd: Robert

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1.Financial Report

  • $48.5 K in the bank
  • HSBC bank reconciliation still pending

2.Membership

  • 137 members
  • Corporate membership? decide on criteria (within mission statement) and fee for this level of membership – Darren and Robert to follow-up and work on defining criteria
  • Perks and benefits: add to offering Q1 2016
  • Web site to be re-visited and simplified – a decision to be made on whether or not to keep members walk-in and other functionalities
  • As of January 1, 2016, no more t-shirts will be mailed to new members - members can pick them up at events;
  • Céline working on call-out (via email) to lapsed members
  • Automatic renewal of membership is now operational and electronic membership cards will be finalized by Q1 2016

3. Sustainability/Growers/Green Initiatives Committee

  • main area: packaging in food distribution industry; work on ways to eliminate cardboard boxes; will be working with distributors and manufacturers –
  • Letter to Freshpoint (see Ryan) – returnable delivery boxes.
  • Céline to work with Gus – follow-up in January
  • farmed fish back east - gmo fish (next meeting) – find info and post
  • Shrimps in Ontario – find info and post

4. Marketing & Branding

  • Update on Members’ Event: January? See if any Chefs on book tour?
  • Response on plan by by Jan. 4 so email can go out to all members

5. Curry Cup 2016

  •  Date: Monday March 7, 2016
  • Location: Heritage Hall
  • Who has been; and members list; Céline to send to Chris
  • Posts on Scout; unsung hero kitchen helper; one of the competitor;
  • Same price as last year
  • Growing Chefs will receive the money – Céline to contact Growing Chefs and get one of their members in office to become a member
  • Contact Fred Lee to ask if he will emcee

6. Spot Prawn Festival

  • Date dinner: Saturday May 14
  • Festival: Sunday May 15
  • Chris to contact Jed Grieve (Cook Culture) to see if interested in sponsoring the cooking stage – Céline to send info to Chris
  • Ryan assigned dinner – 600 people?
  • Location: Vancouver aquarium

7. Fundraising/Scholarship Committee

  •  No report

8. Miscellaneous

  • 14h30: Dennis Green, go2HR presentation: Cook Labour Study Project
  • Dennis to send info to Céline for dissemination
  • Miscellaneous: approval given to renew insurance; information sent to lawyer for annual report.

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Adjournment: Scott Jaeger @ 15h05

Next meeting: Tuesday January 26, 2016 at 14h00

Location: Campagnolo, 1020 Main St.

Job postings – Growing Chefs!

Growing Chefs! is growing!

If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining our team working to teach kids and families about healthy food and healthy food systems, we're hiring for two positions:

1) Fund Development/Marketing Assistant - Apply by July 9th
Part-time at 20 hours/week
 - possibility of full-time work combined with part-time position with Athletics For Kids

We are looking for an individual who is passionate about promoting food sustainability, local and urban agriculture, and children’s health. In this key support role, the successful candidate will work with the Executive Director to support and promote our fundraising and marketing efforts. It will offer the successful candidate an inside view of the workings of a registered charity and experience applicable to both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

The anticipated start date is July 30th, 2015. This position is based in Vancouver, B.C.

Click here to see a more comprehensive job description and application information 

2) Acting Executive Director
13 month term beginning November 2, 2015; Full-time at 35 hours/week

Growing Chefs! is looking for a highly qualified individual who is passionate about food sustainability and working with children and who can lead our organization while our Executive Director takes a year’s maternity leave.

The role of the Acting Executive Director is to manage the full scope of operations of Growing Chefs! under the direction and governance of the Board of Directors. In this key leadership role, the successful candidate will work with the Board of Directors to lead our organization, guided by a strategic plan that we have in place. The Acting Executive Director will manage our annual schools programs, develop and maintain fundraising activities, and manage two paid staffers and a team of about 200 volunteers. As a small but growing organization, responsibilities include everything from stewarding our supporters and funders to collecting and cleaning school supplies.

The position offers the successful candidate an opportunity to use your executive-level experience leading a non-profit organization and to apply your hands-on skills in managing and growing a successful, established program. It also offers a highly rewarding personal experience in a caring, supportive environment.

Full position description and details to apply can be found here.

Thanks again!
Helen Stortini
Executive Director
Growing Chefs! Chefs For Children's Urban Agriculture

New Board Member: Chef Danny Markowicz

danny

The Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia is pleased to announce that Danny Markowicz has joined the CTS Board as Chair of the Scholarship Committee.

Danny brings 20 years of diverse culinary experience to the White Spot and Triple O’s organization.

After completing his Red Seal designation at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, Danny moved to Vancouver to pursue his passion for all things food…

From the Five Diamond property at the Pan Pacific Hotel, to opening the Fairmont Vancouver Airport and honing his culinary excellence at Diva @ the Met, Danny is always up to the challenge to create that next great taste… As Development Chef at Browns Social House he was instrumental in building the menu and culinary team to a point where the brand reached scalability, and he now leads the charge as Executive Chef for White Spot limited, creating menu items for promotional and core menu offerings across two iconic brands. Danny’s rare level of creativity, unfalteringly positive attitude and deep understanding of the hospitality business make any culinary challenge an exciting possibility.

 

 

 

Media Advisory – #Chefs4ALR

#Chefs4ALR

#Chefs4ALR

Media advisory and call for coverage

May 26, 2014

For media information please contact Leeann Froese Town Hall Brands leeann@townhallbrands.com 604-603-9394

 

BC Chefs Urgently Call to Kill Bill 24

The Chefs' Table Society of BC to make press statements

When: Tuesday, May 27, 12:00pm

What:

Farmland is important to me #chefs4ALR

Press are invited to hear from BC Chefs

The Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia wants to stop Bill 24

Chefs will talk to the media and speak out against Bill 24, in a hope to get the attention of BC Premier Christy Clark

Where:

Campagnolo Restaurant - 1020 Main St, Vancouver

(between Prior and National)

Meet in rear of restaurant - use rear entrance if possible

Street parking in back

Who:

Chefs, notably, plus more:

Chef Scott Jaeger, president, Chefs' Table Society, and chef owner, Pear Tree Restaurant

Chef Robert Belcham, chef/owner Campagnolo Restaurant

Nessa van Bergen, executive director, Chefs' Table Society

Jonathan Chovancek, vice president, Chefs' Table Society, chef (new) Café Medina and co-proprietor of Bittered Sling Extracts

Tret Jordan, chef, Homer Street Cafe & Bar

Dana Reinhardt, chef/owner SOL Kitchen Consulting

Ned Bell, executive chef, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Tim Bedford, executive chef, Vancouver Aquarium

Best Optics / Photo Opportunity:

Chefs in whites and aprons with placards and protest materials

Background:

The Chefs' Table Society of BC wants to stop Bill 24, and needs help to spread the word, before it's too late.

They urgently call on people of BC to read this and then send a note to the government Tell BC Government to Stop Bill 24

Bill 24 proposes to divide the Agriculture land reserve into 2 zones, the changes being put forward are in zone 2 which contains 90%  of the protected land. This will essentially open the door to remove 90% of the mere 5% of B.C.'s  ALR.

The Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia has had a social media storm brewing - with selfies and calls to action with the hash tag #chefs4ALR and #killbill24

Now they are calling upon the media and public to help spread the word and call to protect BC farmland  - read this open letter, entitled Farmland is Important to Me.

Quote:

"Chefs and Restaurateurs have worked hard over the past 40 years to support our farms for not only the food they produce but also the culture they bring to our industry. Growing local food is not a thing of the past it is our present and our future, never has the demand been higher for locally sourced nutritious food." - Scott Jaeger, president, Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia

Suggested tweets: 

Listen to your chefs @christyclarkbc! @chefstablebc says #killbill24 #chefs4ALR

We need your help to #killbill24 Protect our farmland! #chefs4ALR @christyclarkbc please listen.

Time 4 action to kill Bill 24! Let MLAs know farm land is important to YOU! Click here http://bit.ly/SDyEjR #Chefs4ALR

 

For more information visit:

Website: chefstablesociety.com

Facebook: facebook.com/chefstablesociety

Instagram: instagram.com/chefstablebc

Twitter: twitter.com/chefstableBC

Farm Land is Important to Me!

Dear Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia Members,

A mere 5% of British Columbia land falls within the protection of the Agriculture Land Reserve (ALR). The foresight of our legislation to create the ALR over 40 years ago is now in jeopardy with bill 24. We need to be accountable for decisions we make today not only for sustainability of the present but also what we leave in the future. Chefs and Restauranteurs have worked hard over the past 40 years to support our farms for not only the food they produce but also the culture they bring to our industry. Growing local food is not a thing of the past it is our present and our future, never has the demand been higher for locally sourced nutritious food.

Bill 24 proposes to divide the Agriculture land reserve into 2 zones, the changes being put forward are in zone 2 which contains 90%  of the protected land. This will essentially open the door to remove 90% of the mere 5% of B.C.'s  ALR.

The ALR was created to protect a very valuable asset by ensuring land-planning decisions for agricultural land were not made for political or short-term reasons. The decision makers at the Agricultural Land Commission are currently independent and free of an outside agenda. Bill 24 changes that, greatly weakening the independence of the Commission by allowing the government to easily appoint decision-makers who may not prioritize the protection of agricultural land. Bill 24 also makes it much easier for agricultural land to be removed from the ALR by adding new open-ended and undefined categories such as “economic” or “social” reasons that allow land to be removed.

Chefs and the restaurant industry need to be aware of the type of changes being proposed.

The members of the Legislative Assembly and our Premiere need to be aware of how we feel about our farmland and our future food source. For more information, visit the BC Food Systems Network at http://bcfsn.org/

We ask all members to speak out about this threat to food security before it is too late! Take a ‘selfie’ and post on twitter or facebook with the hashtag #chefs4ALR

 

Sincerely,

CTSPresidentSign

 


 

Scott Jaeger
President of The Chefs Table of British Columbia
Chef owner of The PearTree Restaurant
Bocuse dor Canada 2007
4 time Olympic gold medalist Culinary Team Canada  2008
Inducted into the British Columbia Restaurant hall of fame 2008

Spot Prawn Festival – coming up in May!

Spot Prawn Committee Chair - Ryan Bissell - is looking for CTS members who would like to join the working group and help out with task related projects leading up to the event. Areas where we will be needing organizational support are: coordinating vendors, coordinating Chefs, marketing, ticket sales, event volunteer coordination, etc. This is an excellent opportunity to support your Chef community and to get to know the Chefs' Table Society better.

If you are interested in participating, please email Ryan at: chefryanbissell[at]gmail.com

We look forward to another fun and successful year!

Chef Scott Jaeger joins Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship judging panel

Chef Scott Jaeger joins Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship judging panel 
Burnaby chef brings world-class competition experience to the scholarship finals

Scott Jaeger
Vancouver, BC (October 21, 2013) – The team at Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship is pleased to announce that Chef Scott Jaeger, president of The Chefs’ Table Society of BC, will be part of the judging panel for the 27th October final of the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship competition.
Chef Jaeger will be joining Hawksworth Restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine Kristian Eligh in the kitchen at Vancouver’s Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts to judge the technical aspect of the competition. Chef David Hawksworth, Chef Mark McEwan, Chef Normand Laprise, Chef Anthony Walsh and Chef Vikram Vij will be tasting the finalists’ dishes alongside award-winning food writer Jacob Richler.
The winning young chef stands to receive a $10,000 scholarship presented by The Chefs’ Table Society of BC, a founding sponsor of the culinary competition, and a stage at an international restaurant. Canadian-born Chef Jaeger trained under Bruno Marti and has worked across the world in Australia, France, Switzerland and at the Waldorf Hotel in London. He co-owns Burnaby’s award-winning The Pear Tree restaurant with his wife Stephanie, which opened in 1997 and has won him accolades including BC Chef’s Association Chef of the Year, Vancouver Magazine’s Chef of the Year, and the Georgia Straight’s Chef of the Year. Chef Jaeger is Vice Conseilleur Culinaire of the esteemed Chaine des Rotisseurs, a member of the Canadian Culinary Federation and president of The Chef’s Table Society of BC.
“We’re thrilled to have Chef Scott Jaeger onboard,” says Chef David Hawksworth. “His previous participation in Bocuse D’Or world chef championship as part of Team Canada and his current preparation to represent Canada in Dubai at the World Hospitality Championships means he’ll be a great asset to the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship competition.”
A private Q&A with the chefs will take place at the final – to win a ticket for the competition day and a chance to ask the chefs your question, and win a signed cookbook, ask your question via Facebook or tweet @HawkScholarship. On the evening of October 27th, from 5pm, the chef judges will be preparing a special gala fundraising dinner at Hawksworth Restaurant. Tickets cost $140, or $218 including wine pairings, and must be booked in advance by calling 604.673.7000.
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About Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship:
A Canadian non-profit culinary foundation, the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship, was created to recognize and inspire young Canadian chefs, whilst promoting professionalism and culinary excellence within the hospitality industry. Through its national annual competition, the scholarship program provides a platform for talented young chefs to get a head start through recognition, mentorship and an unparalleled opportunity to work in the country’s leading restaurants.
Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship contact:
T: 778.945.3325
Brody Jones
Media contact: 
Hawksworth Communications
T: 604.609.6678
Annabel Hawksworth

Chefs’ Table Society Annual General Meeting: September 24, 2013

On Tuesday, September 24, the Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia will hold their Annual General Meeting at the Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks and will inform members of the exciting new scholarship opportunities and upcoming events.

Chefs' Table Society Annual General Meeting

Date: September 24, 2013
Time: General Meeting at 2:00pm, AGM at 3:30pm
Where: Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks - 1740 W 2nd Avenue, Vancouver (map)
Guests: Open to members and the general public
Belong: Become a Chef or Supporter member for $35 annually

AGM Focal Points

  • Meet the current Chefs' Table Society Board, learn about our Values, and understand what our Committees are doing to enhance the culinary community
  • Meet our new Executive Director, Nessa van Bergen
  • Sign up in person to be a Chef or Supporter member
  • Meet fellow members and interact with Board and Committee representatives
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