The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia Sponsors $10,000 grand prize for
Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship
Young Canadians will compete for prize in front of Canada’s most revered judges
Ten young chefs from across Canada will have the chance to win a life-changing grand prize of $10,000, funded by founding sponsors The Chefs’ Table Society of BC, at the inaugural Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship competition this October. The Chefs’ Table Society of BC are generously providing the grand prize of $10,000 for the next three years of the competition.
The Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship program is a non-profit culinary foundation created to provide a platform for talented young Canadian chefs to get a head start in their career, making it a perfect match for The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia; a chef-run province-wide collaborative dedicated to creating a foundation for the exchange of information between culinary professionals.
"Mentorship, camaraderie and creating a legacy full of opportunity and awareness for established and rising young chefs is a mandate we’ve always embraced," says Chef Julian Bond, President of Chefs' Table Society of BC. "These values have also been embraced by the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship competition and that’s why we’re proud to come aboard as a founding sponsor. The competition will be a great opportunity for these young chefs, both personally and professionally, and we look forward to our sponsorship making a difference this year and in the years to come".
"Over the last 10 years The Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia has demonstrated time and again our commitment to elevating the culinary profession in BC,” says Society Vice President Robert Clark. “The Chefs' Table Society's inaugural endowment of $10,000 to the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship is another example of that commitment. As a society, we are constantly striving to shine the spotlight on the many talented chefs and purveyors in our midst.”
“We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with The Chefs’ Table Societyof BC and are so thankful for their generous sponsorship of the grand prize,” says Chef David Hawksworth. “It will make such a difference to our young chef winner’s life and career and we look forward to working with them over the next three years and taking the competition from strength to strength.”
The winner of the inaugural 2013 Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship will receive the $10,000 bursary and a stage at a top international restaurant – giving them the inspiration and opportunity needed to develop their professional skills.
Judges include Chef Normand Laprise, owner and head chef of Toqué! and Brasserie T!; Chef Mark McEwan, star of Top Chef Canada; as well as award-winning food author Jacob Richler. Vancouver-based celebrity Chef Vikram Vij and Corporate Executive Chef of Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants Chef Anthony Walsh. Hawksworth Restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine Kristian Eligh and Chef David Hawksworth will be representing the West Coast on the judging panel.
The competition is open to Red Seal Canadian chefs under 28 years of age that are currently working full-time with a professional kitchen. Ten selected finalists will gather for the final at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver on Sunday October 27th 2013.
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.
About The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia:
Founded by Jamie Maw and Sid Cross, the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia is a registered, non-profit society composed of B.C.’s leading chefs and culinary professionals. It is a province-wide collaborative dedicated to creating a foundation for the exchange of information between culinary professionals. The Society supports innovative and sustainable programs that will inspire, educate and nurture B.C. chefs, producers and the local food industry. The Chefs’ Table Society secures apprenticeships for and bestows bursaries to emerging local chefs and also finances culinary education programs in BC schools. For more information or to become a member visit: www.chefstablesociety.com
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