Chef Dana Chadorf wins first 'Top Chef Saskatchewan' at this year's A Taste of Saskatchewan
(SASKATOON, SK) Today, Chef Dana Chadorf, Junior Sous Chef at The Saskatoon Club was crowned 'Top Chef Saskatchewan' in the final match-up of the week-long Farm & Food Care Chef's Series at Conexus A Taste of Saskatchewan.
Chef Dana Chadorf beat out Chef Darren Craddock, Executive Chef at Riverside Country Club after a gruelling 60 minutes to create and serve both an appetizer and entree from a collection of 'black box' ingredients. A panel of judges adjudicated the final dishes based on taste, use of ingredients, plating design and originality.
The two chefs were presented with the ingredients, then given 5 minutes to come up with their menu before starting preparations. Chef Dana's winning menu consisted of Grilled Flank Steak with an Emulsified Milk & Garlic Dressing and Roasted Vegetable Salad, followed by Saskatchewan Steelhead Trout with Leek, Lentil & Bacon Ragu and Citrus Dressing.
"Hearing the fun farm facts announced throughout the competitions was a fantastic addition as it made everyone aware of the great job by Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers," Chadorf said. "As chefs, we had a lot of creative leeway working with Saskatchewan-grown ingredients as our province grows so much fantastic food here."
Yesterday's championship was the culmination of head-to-head chef competitions that have taken place all week as part of the very first Chef's Series presented by SaskTel Centre and Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan.
“The response to the Chef's Series was fantastic, especially for our first year,” said John Howden, Director of Business Development for SaskTel Centre, which promotes and organizes A Taste of Saskatchewan each year. “People obviously love to see good food prepared well—and a bit of competition doesn't hurt either.”
"It has been fabulous," said Adele Buettner, CEO of Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK), a group that represents thousands of crop and livestock farmers and agriculture businesses in the province and works closely with chefs and others who are passionate about Saskatchewan food.
"The foods our producers grow with care in Saskatchewan are enjoyed here and all over the world," Buettner said. "We wanted to celebrate the foods we produce here and showcase the amazing talents of our local chefs. What a fun week! It has been wonderful to engage the non-farming community to have a better understanding of what we produce here in Saskatchewan and the many creative ways you can enjoy our products."
In partnership with Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan and SaskTel Centre, five producer groups sponsored the Chef's Series this year: Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Cattlemen, SaskMilk, Saskatchewan Mustard Development Commission and the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers. Each of those products—including many other Saskatchewan-grown foods—were featured throughout the week.
SaskTel Centre and Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan are already making plans for next year's Chef's Series Stage at A Taste of Saskatchewan.
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Director of Business Development, SaskTel Centre
CEO, FFC SK
SaskTel Centre is Saskatchewan's largest indoor public assembly facility. It is the province’s number one venue for large-scale musical productions, as well as one of the Canada’s busiest entertainment and sports venues. SaskTel Centre hosts more than 500,000 guests annually, with seating capacity of approximately 13,000 for concerts and 15,100 for hockey. SaskTel Centre is the home of the Saskatoon Blades Hockey Club of the Western Hockey League.
Conexus Credit Union A Taste of Saskatchewan is Saskatoon’s annual summer festival of fabulous food featuring over thirty of Saskatoon’s finest restaurants serving their house favorite dishes in Kiwanis Park along the river. The festival celebrated its twentieth year in 2015.
Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan works with livestock, crops and vegetable farmers across the province, as well as chefs, businesses and researchers—all those who are passionate about the production of food. FFC SK believes that getting to know farmers equals getting to know food.