On November 17, 2016 Toronto Public Health (TPH) hosted the first Savvy Diner Culinary Challenge with students from Humber and Centennial colleges. The objective of the challenge was to increase knowledge about nutrition among prospective chefs, with the goal that they will incorporate healthier options in their menus.
A big congratulations to the winners Amber Bell and Emma Marple from Humber College’s Food and Nutrition program and their instructors Tina Horsley and Shonah Chalmers. Their winning recipe (PDF) was Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Dill Roasted Vegetables. All teams did a fantastic job of showcasing their skills and talents and we thank them for their enthusiasm and participation in the event
Local celebrity judges Rose Reisman, a leading health expert, author and media personality, Ted Reader, a celebrity chef and author of several cookbooks, and John Cirillo, an award-winning, world-class chef and culinary academy operator, were on hand to assess the students’ dishes. The dishes were judged based on nutrition criteria, taste, food temperature, team work, cooking technique, safe food handling and ease of replication in a restaurant setting. Chef Mark Wilson and Chef Tony Fernandes were also there to advise and monitor the food preparation.
We commend the students and their instructors for taking on the task of creating nutritious menu entrees and learning how to prepare a meal that inspires healthier eating choices for consumers when dining out. Well done students!!