Chef David Hawksworth hands over the prize to scholarship winner Paul Moran.
We were live-Instagraming
every delicious moment last month as the clock ticked down and ten
young chefs from around the country gathered in Vancouver’s Pacific
Institute of Culinary Arts to battle it out for the inaugural Hawksworth
Young Chef Scholarship. Ten thousand dollars from the Chefs’ Table Society of BC,
Le Creuset’s Ultimate Cookware Set and a stage at an acclaimed
international restaurant were up for grabs. As the competition reached
its boiling point the ten young hopefuls were narrowed to the final
three contenders, competing in the decisive black-box round. Paul Moran,
26, from Kelowna, BC, was joined in the final by Brad Masciotra, 23,
from London, Ontario and 27-year-old Vancouverite Carmen Ingham
The final trio were challenged to create a dish using the mystery black box ingredients of Freybe Schinkenspeck, steelhead trout, lobster, meyer lemon, heart of palm and almonds.
Brad Masciotra warmed up the judges’ palettes with his Sous-Vide Steelhead Trout recipe, but Carmen Ingham’s Crispy Skin Steelhead with Poached Lobster recipe secured the runner-up prize and was dubbed Le Creuset’s Rising Star, and Paul Moran’s Almond-Crusted Steelhead Trout recipe wowed the panel and landed him the top spot.
During the tense day of the competition Paul impressed the technical judges in the kitchen – Hawksworth Restaurant’s
Chef de Cuisine Kristian Eligh and President of the Chefs’ Table
Society of BC Chef Scott Jaeger – and the tasting panel, which included
some of the biggest names in Canada’s culinary scene.
Chef David Hawksworth, owner of the award-winning Vancouver
restaurant and founder of the Young Chef Scholarship, was joined at the
judging table by fellow award-winning Vancouverite chef Vikram Vij. The
search for the nation’s top young chef brought out guest judges from the
east coast – Food Network host Chef Mark McEwan,
Chef Anthony Walsh from Ontario’s Oliver & Bonacini group and
Toronto-based food writer Jacob Richler, all traveled to Vancouver for
the event. Quebec’s legendary chef, and Top Chef Canada
guest judge, Normand Laprise brought some French flavour to the judging
panel, which unanimously agreed that Paul Moran was worthy of the
Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship.
As Chef Paul Moran accepted
his $10,000 cheque the judges and contestants were already abuzz about
next year’s event and the potential expansion to regional heats in the
search for Canada’s next culinary star.