Dana Chadorf wins second 'Top Chef Saskatchewan'
(SASKATOON, SK) For the second year running, Chef Dana Chadorf, line cook at both The Saskatoon Club and the Riverside Country Club, won the Top Chef Saskatchewan competition at Conexus A Taste of Saskatchewan.
The final chef-to-chef showdown took place Sunday after a week of competitions at the Farm & Food Care Chef's Series, only in its second year at the food and music festival in Saskatoon.
Fourteen chefs competed in daily Chopped!-style match-ups throughout the week leading up to the Top Chef final, which saw Chadorf again face last year's challenger, Darren Craddock, Executive Chef at Riverside Country Club. The final competition had a new twist this year: for the appetizer portion, the two chefs were presented with a few staples and a $50 gift card for groceries plus $25 for wine. They had to purchase the supplies they'd need and then had a further 30 minutes to prepare their appetizer. For the entrée stage of the competition, each competitor opened their 'black boxes' of Saskatchewan-grown ingredients and had 60 minutes to create 6 delicious plates.
A panel of judges adjudicated the final dishes based on taste, use of ingredients, plating design and originality.
Chef Dana's winning menu included Pan-Seared Trout with Sweet Corn Hash, served with Roasted King Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Grilled Potatoes in a Herb Hollandaise Sauce, followed by Roasted Flank Steak with a Grilled Romaine and Asparagus Salad, served with Smashed Potatoes and a Rhubarb and Carrot Purée.
"It was a lot of fun," Chadorf said. "Challenging, exhausting, but a lot of fun too. That's why I love competing."
The Chef's Series is presented by SaskTel Centre and Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan.
"We couldn't be happier," said John Howden, Director of Business Development for SaskTel Centre, which promotes and organizes A Taste of Saskatchewan each year. "Each night, we had a fantastic crowd of people come out to watch the chefs compete against each other. What could be better than great Saskatchewan food and a little competition? Other than a bit of rain on Tuesday, the weather even cooperated."
More people attended the Chef's Series again this year and loved the addition of the on-stage screens that showed all the intense action as the chefs worked their magic.
"I couldn't believe how much I learned about farming at this event," said Shirley Jaspar, who attended the Chef's Series for the last two years. It was a cool way to learn more about how Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers are growing our food."
"What a fun week," said Adele Buettner, CEO of Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan, 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 farmers and ranchers grow in Saskatchewan are enjoyed here and all over the world," Buettner said. "This festival celebrates the foods we produce and showcases the amazing talents of our local chefs. 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 to enjoy our food."
Additional photos are available for download from Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan.
CEO, FFC SK
Chef Dana Chadorf
Line Cook, Saskatoon Club and Riverside Country Club
Director of Business Development, SaskTel Centre
SaskTel Centre is the largest indoor public assembly facility in Saskatchewan. It is Saskatchewan'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 and lacrosse. SaskTel Centre is the home of the Saskatoon Blades Hockey Club of the Western Hockey League and The Saskatchewan Rush of the National Lacrosse League.
Conexus Credit Union's A Taste of Saskatchewan is Saskatoon's festival of fabulous food featuring over 30 of Saskatoon's finest restaurants serving their house favorite dishes in beautiful Kiwanis Park from July 12-17, 2016. The menu offers everything from succulent entrées to delicious desserts to specialty items.
Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan represents producer groups from livestock to crops and horticulture. We serve to cultivate awareness and appreciation of agriculture in the province with the belief that getting to know farmers equals getting to know food.