The first-ever Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation KitchenAid Cook for the Cure Culinary Showdown took place on Saturday, December 7 at The Fairmont Royal York, Toronto. This event gave culinary enthusiasts the opportunity to fundraise for a chance to cook alongside celebrity chefs in the type of team cooking challenge normally reserved for TV. The day started off with Top 50 Fundraisers participating in Celebrity Chefs School where participants were let in on the chefs trade secrets.
Chef Chuck Hughes shows fundraisers how to cook like a pro during the Celebrity Chefs School portion of the event.
The day culminated with the Culinary Showdown where five teams competed under the spotlight to create three unique dishes and applying the skills mastered during Celebrity Chefs School. It was an outstanding day and evening, thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.
CBCF raised over $600,000 and there were participants representing every region. The top fundraiser was Albert Haddad, who raised $20,002! There were 3 other competitors, very close behind. Emcee Dean McDermott and Host, Chef Tyler Florence engaged the audience and five teams on stage to make the evening into a fierce competition.
Chef Mark McEwan celebrates the win with his team.
Team McEwan earned bragging rights as it won best score as they pulled out all the stops for the dessert course, wiping out the other four teams.
by Food Network Editorial Team