(SASKATOON, SK) Chef Steve Squier of Picaro Restaurant in Saskatoon, took home the title of Top Chef Saskatchewan after the final Chef’s Series competition at A Taste of Saskatchewan on Sunday.
The final chef-to-chef showdown took place at noon on July 16 after a week of tough competitions on the Farm & Food Care Chef’s Series Stage, now in its third 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, in which Darren Craddock, Executive Chef at the Delta Bessborough, took on Steve Squier.
The final competition consisted of three rounds: an amuse-bouche, an entrée and a dessert. For the appetizer portion, the two chefs had to randomly select numbers that corresponded with Taste of Saskatchewan vendors and purchase two dishes from each-then repurpose those ingredients into a new dish. For the entrée stage of the competition, each competitor had access to a pantry of Saskatchewan-grown ingredients and 45 minutes to create a delicious dish. Then the chefs were presented with a black box from which to create a dessert in 15 minutes.
A panel of judges adjudicated the final dishes based on taste, use of ingredients, plating design and originality.
“That was one of the hardest competitions I’ve ever done,” Squier said after completing the three-part challenge-all during one of the hottest days we’ve seen this summer. Squier’s winning entrée included green lentil fried Saskatchewan turkey with white country gravy and Saskatoon berry hot sauce, accompanied by a fennel and strawberry salad, quick biscuit and charred pepper relish.
The Chef’s Series is presented by SaskTel Centre and Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan.
“This was a record-breaking year for us,” said John Howden, Director of Business Development for SaskTel Centre, which promotes and organizes A Taste of Saskatchewan each year. “More people than ever came out to enjoy the Chef’s Series this year, and it’s clear why: there was something exciting happening every day.”
“This was a fantastic event,” said Clinton Monchuk, Executive Director of Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan, a group that represents thousands of farm families and food businesses in the province. “This festival celebrates both our great food as well as the amazing talents of our local chefs. It’s great to make that connection between food and farming and I hope people went home with a better understanding of the many creative ways to enjoy Saskatchewan food.”
Organizers would like to thank all the sponsors of the Chef’s Series.
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Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan
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 11-16, 2017. The extensive menu offers everything from succulent entrées to delicious desserts to specialty items.
Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK) is a non-profit coalition of farm families, agribusinesses, food processors, restaurants, retailers, food companies and individuals. FFC SK seeks to build confidence in Saskatchewan food production – to let consumers know that the food we produce is healthy, safe and responsibly grown; that farmers and ranchers are innovative, technologically advanced and care deeply about the animals and land they work with. Today, less than 3% of Canadians have a direct link to the farm, so it is not surprising that many people want to know more about food and farming. FFC SK administers several programs to help address consumer questions and build trust in our farmers and in Saskatchewan-grown foods.
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