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Culinary Youth Team Canada

In June of 2017, The Culinary Institute of Canada was chosen by the Canadian Culinary Federation to represent Canada. Since then, we have been preparing the team of young culinary professionals to compete in a series of international competitions culminating in the 2020 IKA Culinary Olympics in Stuttgart, Germany.

Currently the team is preparing for the 2018 Villeroy Boch Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg November 24 to 28, 2018.

The team will compete in two events:

1. Prepare a three course meal for 70 covers for an a la carte service from scratch in six hours. They must prepare an appetizer of fish or shellfish with over 50 per cent of the plate served hot. The team will prepare a main course of their own choice and a dessert with different textures and temperatures.

2. Prepare a contemporary buffet for 12 people from scratch in four and a half hours. They must prepare two types of hot and two types of cold hors d’oeuvre for 12 followed by a fish buffet platter with three main pieces of different preparation techniques and use appropriate garnish for each, including a sauce and a salad. The team must prepare a main course containing poultry. The type of poultry to be used will be revealed three months prior to competition time. The team must also prepare a dessert with two components.

Meet the members of CYTC


André Pratt
Home: Dartmouth, NS
School: CIC

I started working at my father’s restaurants at the age of 15 and fell in love with the restaurant business almost immediately. My first professional kitchen job was at the Inn at Bay Fortune. I knew then that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I’m in love with the rush, the heat, the precision and everything that comes with this lifestyle. and I can’t wait to compete and make Canada proud. I am excited about competing as part of this team.


Guy Pratt
Home: Dartmouth, NS
School: CIC

I was born to cook, and I love it very much. When I’m not cooking, I enjoy going for walks and then watching Top Chef, Chopped Canada, or Bizarre Foods with my girlfriend. It’s an honour to be part of the Youth Team Canada and represent my home country in Luxembourg and Germany 2020. I am eager and dedicated, and will use my knowledge, skills, passion, and positivity to be a strong team player and bring home GOLD!


Hannah Eisnor
Home: Upper Sackville, NS
School: NSCC Kingstec

I love seeing the glow on people’s faces after they take the first bite of the food I’ve prepared. My mother and grandmother have been inspirations to me. When I am not cooking I like to read and spend time with my friends and family. Being a part of Culinary Youth Team Canada is an amazing opportunity to continue to refine my skills as a cook and to represent Canada in the International Culinary Community.


Isabelle Chevarie
Home: Grosse Ile, Iles-de-la-Madeline, Quebec.
School: CIC

I was constantly in the kitchen from a very young age, and after graduating from high school, I wanted a culinary education from one of the best schools in Canada. My mother and grandmothers have inspired me over the years. Growing up, they all taught me how to bake and prepare meals. Being a member of Culinary Youth Team Canada is an amazing opportunity that has taught me how to work as part of a team and enabled me to develop my skills on a competitive level.

Jacob Ryan Brandt
Home: Hamilton, Ont.
School: Niagara College

I didn’t have anybody inspire me to cook, I kind of just discovered that I like baking on my own, and I love making desserts! When I’m not cooking, I enjoy playing video games. Being a member of Culinary Youth Team Canada is an incredible opportunity and I’m excited to be part of it.


Logan Rafuse
Home: Bridgewater, NS
School: CIC

A combined interest in artistic expression and cooking from an early age led me to dig deeper into professional cooking as a career and inspired what has grown to be a passionate part of my life ever since. When I’m not in the kitchen, I enjoy foraging for wild edibles, relaxing on a beach, enjoying a pint on a patio. As a member of Culinary Youth Team Canada, I am honoured to represent the vast food culture of our beautiful nation with a team of passionate culinarians. It is helping me to develop new skills, fine tune old ones, and pushing me outside of my comfort zone.

Michael Hauschild
Home: Kanata, ON
School: Culinary Institute of Canada

I first fell in love with cooking at the age of 14 when I taking a food and nutrition course in high school. For my 16th birthday, I received my first chef’s knife and a set of white plates so that I could prepare and present my dishes. I loved the idea of making delicious tasting and beautiful looking food. When I was 17, I decided that this was something I was truly passionate about and I haven’t looked back since. For many years, I played hockey at a competitive level and I have always had a drive to be the best. Between my passion for culinary and my desire to compete, I am truly excited to be on Culinary Youth Team Canada and to make Canada proud.

Shae-Lyn Phillips
Home: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
School: NAIT

I enjoy cooking because it gives you the freedom to be able to travel and work anywhere in the world, and always have something new to learn or explore. Ever since I can remember I have always looked up to my dad as an inspiration for cooking and in general, everyday life. He has shown me that it takes patience and persistence to get what you want out of life, especially in this business. He has taught me to laugh at myself, always stay true to my word and to never give up on what I want. To be a part of the Youth Culinary Team Canada is so exciting. Just by being given the chance to be able to work with such dedicated teammates and coached and mentored by so many amazing chefs is such an awesome opportunity and is very motivating.

Shane Robicheau
Home: Clare, Nova-Scotia
School: NSCC Kingstec

I first fell in love with cooking when I was 14. My father introduced me to the industry when I worked for him in our family restaurant. I knew this was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life, so I decided to go to culinary school and gain further knowledge that led me where I am today. My father and grandfather have always been by my side and have pushed me to pursue my dream of becoming a chef. Being a member of Culinary Youth Team Canada has made me push myself through any obstacle that has been set in front of me, and to strive for great success competing in national level.

Coach Christian Marchsteiner


Coach Hans Anderegg

Coach Joerg Soltermann

Coach Kevin Boyce

Coach Peter Dewar