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. On October 29th, 2023 our student team Alexandra Carolan-Laing and Vaylene Phillips, will be competing as Team Top Toques Institute of Culinary Excellence for the chance to be named Taste Canada’s Best New Student Chefs! Alexandra and Vaylene are currently enrolled in the Culinary Management Program at the College.
The theme for this year's competition is: New Canadian Flavours Rooted in Tradition. Drawing inspiration from their own cultural cuisines, heritages and traditions, students are challenged to develop a recipe using a variety of Canadian ingredients, and a unique cut of local Canadian Beef. The students will explore the new web-based education tool, the Canadian Beef Information Gateway, to select their/our choice of beef cut. The Gateway has information on over 70 cuts of beef with cut descriptions, complete nutrition info per cut, how-to-cook recommendations, over 300 recipe videos, and more.
All recipes will also reflect the seasonality of Canadian ingredients, with 60% of ingredients grown, produced and/or raised in Canada. The students are invited to use the What’s in Season section of the Canadian Food Focus website as a helpful resource.
For more information about the event please visit the Taste Canada Website at: https://tastecanada.org/2023-cooks-the-books/.
Watch on as student teams from culinary schools across the country enter the Kitchen Arena at Cirillo's Academy on Sunday, October 29th, to cook their hearts out!
The student chefs will prepare their dishes, start-to-finish, live in front of the crowd, and then present the final plates to the judge’s panel. The winners will be announced on Monday, October 30th, during the 2023 Taste Canada Awards Soirée.