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2023 Business Expo

Presented by Local Chambers of Commerce


Bingemans - Marshall Hall, Ballroom, and Foyer
Wednesday May 10th, 2023
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Attendance at this event is open to the general public, including the business members of the three chambers. There is no admission charge to attend this tri-city tradeshow. Top Toques is one of the ten sponsors for this event. We will have a booth set up and provide a variety of appetizers and/or Hor d’oeuvres to showcase the training we do at the College and the talents and expertise of our students and instructors.

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Skills Ontario Competition

Presented by Skills Ontario


Toronto Congress Centre
Thursday May 1st - May 3rd, 2023
Multi-Day Event

The Skills Ontario Competition offers a unique opportunity for top students to demonstrate that they are the best of the best in their field. Over the two and a half days, they turn the heads of their educators, family, friends and prospective employers. Winners are awarded gold, silver or bronze medals - and some with monetary awards, too - and the opportunity to compete at the Skills Canada National Competition. From there, competitors could be headed to a WorldSkills Competition.

In addition to contests, the Skills Ontario Competition has several components, including the Career Exploration Showcase, the Young Women's Conference, the First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Conference, and the Closing Ceremonies.

Margaret (Maggie) Miller is the student competitor representing Top Toques at the 2023 Skills Competition. This is an important year for Maggie. After the provincial competition, she will have the opportunity to compete in the Skills Canada National Competition held in Winnipeg. From there, Maggie could be headed to a WorldSkills Competition in Singapore.

On November 8th, 2022, Aidan Moher and Maggie Miller, both students at Top Toques Institute of Culinary Excellence, brought home the silver award at the Taste Canada Cooks the Books competition in Toronto.

In 2018, our graduate Kateryna Gryshchenko won the Silver Medal in the Skills Ontario Competition and moved on to represent Ontario in the National Skills Competition.

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Past Events

Canadian Beef Cut Along

Presented by Taste Canada Cooks the Books


Wednesday, March 15th, 2023
11:30 a.m.

Our students and chefs will be joining the live event, where they will learn:

  • Why Canadian beef?
  • The value proposition of beef from Canada: The Canadian Advantage 101
  • Animal Health
  • Food Safety
  • Grading Standards
  • Beef Quality
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Margaret Joan Miller and Aidan Moher

2022 Taste Canada Cooks the Books

Cooks the Books is a cooking competition that invites Canadian culinary students from across the nation to compete for the title of Canada’s Best New Student Chefs.

Each team is to create their own unique dish following the Cooks the Books criteria based on the 2022 theme: Diverse Traditions Create Impact

Drawing inspiration from their heritage, students will be challenged to develop a unique recipe using a variety of current food trends, including (but not limited to) local, seasonal, zero/low waste, and others to create mouth-watering and impactful menu items, featuring a variety of Canadian ingredients, including a cut of Canadian Beef.

On November 6th, a Student Team representing Top Toques will be competing in the 2022 Taste Canada Cooks the Books Competition.  The Competitors: Margaret Joan Miller - Culinary Management Program and Aidan Moher - Chef de Cuisine Program.

On November 7th, 2022 Top Toques has been invited to Host a Chef's Table at the 2022 Taste Canada Gala and Awards Ceremony for Cooks the Books Competition.


Taste Canada is welcoming culinary colleges to showcase their students’ skills with a unique opportunity. The event is Taste Canada's Award's Gala 25th anniversary, that will be held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel on November 7th, 2022. Taste Canada will be welcoming Chefs, cookbook authors, Farmers, national food media, influencers, industry and culinary professionals to celebrate Canada's best cookbooks and their authors.

Hunger No More Event - Image - Top Toques Institute of Culinary Excellence
Top Toques had the pleasure of being part of a fundraising event called Hunger No More hosted by Tiny Home Takeout. It was wonderful to see and meet so many community members!

ART$ PAY Fundraiser at Lot 42

Art$Pay is a portal for the promotion of the visual arts sector, focusing on employment, marketing, and public awareness. Join the conversation!

Art$Pay connects visual art practitioners with opportunities, community, and advocates for fair pay.

Visit their Facebook Page @ArtSPayWR.

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Culinary Showdown at Oakville Conference Centre

Guests will have the opportunity to take photos with the Celebrity Chefs, bid on silent and live auction items and mingle with other guests. Following the cocktail reception, the main event will begin! Audience members will enjoy a delicious dinner as the celebrity chefs and their teams of the top 50 fundraisers take the stage. 50 fundraisers will be split into five teams, each team led by a Celebrity Chef. Teams will compete under the spotlight to create three unique dishes.

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Taste Canada Cooks the Books – Gala

A champion of cookbook authors, Taste Canada inspires readers to discover delicious recipes and diverse food stories written from a Canadian perspective. Taste Canada is a not-for-profit founded in 1998. More than just recipes, cookbooks reveal Canada’s unique history, culture, and diversity.

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Taste Canada Cooks the Books – Competition

Cooks the Books is a cooking competition that invites Canadian culinary students from across the nation to compete for the title of Canada’s Best New Student Chefs. Join in the Action at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen.

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Signatures Event

Join us at Sun Life Arena in support of the annual Signatures, a taste test of the best for the Parkinsons Society of Southwestern Ontario.
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Food Network Canada Charity BBQ Cook Off

Our students participate in the Prostate Cancer Charity BBQ in Toronto hosted by Food Network Canada. They are able to work alongside some of Canada’s Top Chefs during the event. It is a great time for a fantastic cause – check out our photos!

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Best Bites Taste of the Caribbean

Join us for an elegant garden party at the scenic grounds of Shade’s Mills Conservation Area.

Funds raised from this event will be used to purchase equipment for the Mental Health Program in new wing of Cambridge Memorial Hospital, as well as aiding community projects supported by the Rotary Club of Preston Hespeler.

Empty Bowls

Every year, the Waterloo Potters’ Workshop is involved with two Empty Bowls fundraising events supporting the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

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Flanagans Food Show

Indulge in fresh flavours, sample new products, and network with representatives for new insight, ideas and innovations.

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Chef’s Gourmet Dinner

The annual Chefs’ Gourmet Dinner – Springtime in Paris, is a signature culinary event in support of local youth in need of mentorship. Hosted by Best Friends, the event features Waterloo Region’s finest chefs from 20 renowned restaurants.
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