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By KEVAN DOWD Staff Writer Niagara College staff and students cheered and waved Canadian flags during a send-off event for the college’s Junior Culinary Team Canada. The celebration was held Friday at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus to wish the team well before their departure for the World Culinary Championships in Luxembourg. The event featured speeches and best wishes from College President Dan Patterson, St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley and the Dean of Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute, Craig Youdale. “I am so excited and thrilled,” said Youdale. “I have had the honour and privilege of representing my country on a few occasions but I don’t think I’ve ever been involved with such an enthusiastic, hard-working group of young people.” Minister Bradley conveyed a message from Premier Kathleen Wynne sending her best wishes to the team and congratulating them for winning the title of Team Canada. “We wish them the very best in the competition, we know they’ll give their very best and we look forwards to their ongoing representation of Canada, Ontario, Niagara College and the regional municipality of Niagara.” “It is a very proud moment for Niagara College,” said Patterson, “so on behalf of the entire college community I want to congratulate our very own Junior Culinary Team Canada.” This is the first international competition for the team of culinary students and recent graduates of the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. The team won the Junior Culinary Team Canada competition a year ago.