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Student Chefs Aidan Mohar and Margaret Miller take home the silver award

This year, the Top Toques team competed against those from seven Canadian culinary colleges, representing three provinces. Participants were challenged to create original recipes that draw from their heritage and incorporate contemporary food trends (such as local and seasonal ingredients) while spotlighting Canadian ingredients. This year’s star ingredient was Canadian beef. A team of seasoned and nationally respected chefs judge recipes and the teams’ performances in a live cooking event.

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“We received great mentoring from Chef Elaina,” says Aidan Moher, team lead and Chef de Cuisine Diploma student. “She showed me the importance of balancing flavours and how food feels when you eat it.”

Maggie Miller, who’s enrolled in the Culinary Management Program adds, “We worked hard under Chef Elaina’s and Chef Dean’s guidance. They encourage and understand all their students and I am amazed at what great teachers they are. I have learned a lot.”

Chef Elaina Kourie, Director and Chef Dean Michielsen, Top Toques’ lead culinary instructor, worked closely with the students for six weeks, preparing them for the competition.
“Maggie and Aiden have a true passion for the craft. They are creative, highly skilled, focused, and have the positive team mentality that’s extremely important in professional kitchens,” says Chef Elaina Kourie, owner of Top Toques and one of the team’s trainers.
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