Dana Chadorf crowned Top Chef Saskatchewan 2018
July 24, 2018
(SASKATOON, SK) The final chef-to-chef showdown took place on July 22 after a week of tough competitions on the Safeway Sobeys Chef's Series Stage, now in its fourth year at the food and music festival in Saskatoon.
Twelve local chefs competed in daily Chopped!-style match-ups throughout the week leading up to the Top Chef final, in which Chadorf faced off against Darren Craddock, Executive Chef at the Village Bistro in Stonebridge.
The final competition kept the chefs on their toes with an appetizer round, an entrée round and a dessert contest. For the appetizer portion, the two chefs were provided $60 to shop at Sobeys before the stage show began and from this, had to purchase a bottle of wine and food for 6 plated appetizers. For the entrees, audience members randomly drew numbers that corresponded with Taste of Saskatchewan vendors. The chefs purchased one dish from each of three vendors and then had to repurpose those ingredients into a new dish, along with access to a stocked pantry. The dessert round had an interesting twist. Each of the finalists were paired with a member of the audience and had only 5 minutes to instruct their sous chefs on how to plate their desserts, without touching anything.
The audience was well-entertained throughout the show with prize giveaways, fun facts about farming and lots of onstage action with the chefs.
A panel of judges adjudicated the final dishes based on taste, use of ingredients, plating design and originality. In the four years since the competition began, this is the third time Chef Dana has taken home the trophy.
The Chef's Series is presented by SaskTel Centre and Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan.
“This was another great year for Taste of Saskatchewan,” said John Howden, Director of Business Development for SaskTel Centre, which promotes and organizes A Taste of Saskatchewan each year. “We were pleased to have beautiful weather this year and had excellent attendance, especially in the later part of the week.”
"We had a fantastic time this week," said Clinton Monchuk, Executive Director of Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan, a group that represents thousands of farm families and food businesses in the province. "We’re hoping to make a stronger connection between food and farming. People went home with a better understanding of the many ways to enjoy Saskatchewan food."
Organizers would like to thank all the sponsors of the Chef’s Series, including: Safeway Sobeys, Cargill, French’s, SaskCanola, Turkey Farmers of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Egg Producers, Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, SaskBarley, Prairie Pride Natural Foods, Great Western Brewing Company and the Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan. All of these products—including many other Saskatchewan-grown foods—were be featured at the festival.
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Director of Business Development
Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK), is a whole-sector coalition made up of farm families, agribusinesses, food processors, restaurants, retailers, food companies and more. Together, we help tell the stories of the farmers who grow the fresh Saskatchewan food that we enjoy so much. FFC SK works to connect farm gates to our dinner plates.
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.
A Taste of Saskatchewan is Saskatoon's festival of fabulous food featuring about 30 of Saskatoon's finest restaurants serving their house favorite dishes in beautiful Kiwanis Park each summer. The extensive menu offers everything from succulent entrées to delicious desserts to specialty items.