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The Canadian Food and Wine Institute’s (CFWI) Junior Culinary Team Canada will be competing in the Culinary Olympics, in Erfurt, Germany from Oct. 21-26. The team consists of nine members: Team captain Benjamin Lillico and members Carly Bergshoeff, Daniella Germond, David Ross, Jeremy Gilligan, Megan Proper, Robbie Aggarwal, Scott McInerney and Trevor Littlejohn.
“We are trying to put the nerves aside and focus on what we need to do while we are there,” said Lillico. “And through a lot of practice and development we’re getting very close to where we want to be and are extremely excited to represent Canada.”
The Culinary Olympics is a chef competition that happens every four years. It’s the biggest culinary exhibition in the world.
The teams to beat this year are the Norwegian and Swedish teams.
The Junior Culinary Team Canada is trying to utilize Canadian ingredients from the different provinces and territories in a harmonious fashion to best represent our nation and show what this country has to offer.
The Culinary Olympics consists of two events: one is a buffet, while the other is a three-course meal.
The team is very hush-hush about the dishes they will prepare.
“The recipes will be available after the event. We’re trying to keep it close to the grass in secret until we go to the competition,” says Craig Youdale, team manager and dean of the CFWI. “We don’t want our competitors to get an inside view.”
For four years, the team has been perfecting dishes serving them at different events and getting feedback.
“This whole journey has been a celebration,” says Lillico. “It’s about the pride that you gain and the excelled knowledge we’ve achieved throughout the whole journey. Just to be a part of that is such a great experience.”
On Oct. 7, the team will be having a send-off with the Niagara College community. Staff and students are welcome to come wish good luck to coaches and team members before they begin their trip down the road to gold. The event will be held at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus beginning at 11a.m.