- Created on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 19:15
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By KEVAN DOWD
Gold was the colour of the day for Junior Culinary Team Canada.
And there were tears of joy when it was announced that the team had earned a gold medal at the Culinary World Championships. Canada was told Nov. 26 that its hot program, cooked and served the night before, had earned them the highest honour at the international competition in Luxembourg.
“We’ve received support back home since we left, and it’s been so heart-warming, and inspiring, I think it helped us when we got into the kitchen,” said team captain Iain Dawson. “We realized it wasn’t just for us. Everyone wanted us to do well, we were representing all junior cooks in Canada, all aspiring-chefs and I just want to thank them for their undying support.”
The team, comprised of students and recent graduates from Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute, is competing against the top junior culinary...
- Created on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 02:32
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By KEVAN DOWD
Junior Culinary Team Canada was awarded a silver medal for its cold program yesterday at the World Culinary Championships in Luxembourg.
The team, comprised of students and recent graduates from Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute, is competing against the top junior culinary teams in the world, representing 14 other countries, in two categories, a cold and hot program.
“I’m really excited and proud of the team that we won the silver medal because we’ve been working really hard for this,” said team member Rebekka Schmitt. “And for our first time competing on an international level, silver is amazing.”
More precisely, the team won what’s called a high silver because in the competition medals are awarded based on points achieved as opposed to teams being compared to one another. Each team starts with 100 points and are docked points for mistakes or for not meeting the judges’ criteria....
- Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 03:16
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The symbol of a true, die-hard sports fan is his or her willingness to go down with the ship. Win or lose, a true fanatic will defend their team and its players to no avail. In some cases, the infatuation with a team stems from family tradition. For others, it’s a product of their environment; like the city they were born in, or the friends that they’ve kept. It becomes a part of everyday life. The logo is the symbol of a family, the players – like brothers. The games matter to these fans, the team’s performance is reflective of their self-image.
What is it that makes fans so passionate about these franchises? When a team loses, what has the fan really lost? When the team wins, what do fans really gain?
Pride is what drives fans mad after a loss, and excites them after a win. Pride is...
- Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 03:32
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By STACEY BULMER
It was unanimous. There is no better investment of tax dollars than in assisting young people who care for family members challenged by physical and mental illnesses.
Last Friday, the Young Carers Initiative held a full-day conference to boost awareness of the Powerhouse Project. It ran from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Club Roma, 125 Vansickle Rd., St. Catharines.
Besides raising awareness, the event also thanked St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley for the Ontario Trillium Benefit grant of $136,100.
“Powerhouse Project is an excellent organization,” Bradley said. “It’s sad that this kind of project doesn’t exist all over Ontario.”
Young Carers are young adults, children and youth under the age of 25 who help provide care for family members affected by chronic illness, physical or intellectual disabilities, mental health issues or addiction, Michelle Lewis said.
Lewis, the acting program manager, said the carers aren’t necessarily related to the people...
- Created on Monday, 17 November 2014 22:41
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By KEVAN DOWD
Less than two days after crossing the Atlantic Ocean, Junior Culinary Team Canada was already in the kitchen cooking up a very tasty storm. In preparation for the World Culinary Championships beginning on Nov. 22 in Luxembourg, the team did a practice run of one of two meals it will be making.
The meal is for the competition’s “hot program”, which means it is freshly cooked and served in a restaurant style for judges to taste. To simulate the experience, the Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) teamed up with the restaurant Marburger Esszimmer in Marburg, Germany, and it’s Küchendirektor (kitchen director) Bernd Siener. For one special evening, Team Canada took over Siener’s kitchen to make its hot program meal and serve it to customers in the exact manner as it would in the competition.
“The menu itself is exactly the same [as what will be made in Luxembourg],”...
- Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 03:23
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By KEVAN DOWD
Vikram Vij, a member of culinary royalty, assisted in the grand-opening ribbon cutting for the new, state-of-the-art labs at Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) Innovation Centre last week.
The celebrity chef was joined by college faculty, President Dan Patterson, and industry partners of the CFWI.
Vij, a celebrity chef, judge for the television show Chopped, and new Dragon on the CBC show Dragon’s Den, is a partner of the CFWI.
“I think it’s a great location, it’s a great institute. I love the feel of it and the fact it’s not just a winery, it is an education centre; it produces, it delivers, it develops. So, it’s a combination of everything that works extremely well in this area.”
“I’m like a little sponge that’s always trying to take things in. I love that aspect of it so I love the idea of being a student....
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By THAKURJIT SAGGU
Who says chivalry is dead?
The Niagara Knights have launched a community chivalry program, led by the student athletes. The program is put together by the student athlete leadership team. The basketball, soccer and volleyball teams will all be helping out the local community in different ways to gear up for the winter season for their first major course of action.
Steve Stone, captain of the men's volleyball team, felt that with the community doing so much for him, it would be good to give back to the community and help out local residents.
“I've grown up (in the area), so for me helping the community that has helped us is huge,” said Stone. “So for us we are wanting to get people on board with the idea of 'we've been blessed so let's go bless other people.'”Not only will the program benefit the community, but Niagara College as...