Culinary Institute of Canada to represent country as National Culinary Youth Team
July 12, 2017
Charlottetown, PE – It’s an exciting time at The Culinary Institute of Canada right now. Not only is the Tourism and Culinary Centre, which the CIC calls home, undergoing extensive renovations and an expansion; staff recently found out that for the next four years, their students will represent the country at international competitions as National Culinary Youth Team Canada.
The CIC was awarded the honour following their exceptional performance at the 2016 Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany, last fall. Rather than representing the country and competing against other junior chefs, they competed against experienced professional chefs as Regional Team PEI, bringing home two gold medals and placing fourth overall out of 57 teams. In 2012, the team brought home a gold and silver medal as Regional Team PEI.
“We are honored to represent Canada as the National Youth Team. We are proud of our competition program and recent success as a regional team in Germany this past October,” said Austin Clement, program manager for the CIC. “This will be our third time as National Culinary Youth Team Canada and we are looking forward to the challenge ahead as we focus on the podium at the 2020 Culinary Olympics.”
Since 2003, teams from the CIC have received national and international attention for their exceptional performance in competitions. In the Culinary Olympics, the team won two gold medals and fourth place overall in 2016; competed as a regional team against 47 professional teams, won silver and gold medals and placed 13th overall in 2012; were gold and silver medalists and sixth place overall in 2008; and won gold and silver medals and placed fifth place overall in 2004.
Their performance in the Nations Cup, which takes place in Michigan, has been equally as impressive. In 2013 they placed second overall, and came first in 2011, garnering a Grand Gold medal. In 2009, they placed third, and in 2007 and 2005 they placed second.
In the Association Chefs Society Junior Championships in Dublin, Ireland, in 2003, the team placed third overall, and in the SCOTHOT World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2007, they earned the title of World Champions, placing – first overall. In addition, they were named Knorr CCFCC National Champions in 2003, and won gold medals in Skills Canada National Competitions in 2003 and 2004.
The National Culinary Youth Team Canada includes Isabelle Chevarie, Quebec; Duncan Pursey, N.B.; Lindsay Armstrong, N.B.; Emma Hughes, P.E.I.; and Bria Amyot, N.S. Chef Instructor Joerg Soltermann will manage the team with Chefs Kevin Boyce, Hans Anderegg, and Christian Marchsteiner as the coaching staff. Their first competition will be the Nations Cup in Michigan this October. Over the next four years, they will travel to various international competitions, culminating in the 2020 Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany. By the time the team travels to Germany in four years, the expertise they will have gained through international competitions will make the experience invaluable.
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Sara Underwood, Media and Communications Officer
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