12th Annual Healthy Chef Competition Favorites

I was privileged to be invited to the 12th Annual Healthy Chef Competition. It is of course to promote healthy eating. But you may not know that it also supports the Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon.  Both great associations to support.  You probably know someone that has been affected by one of these health issues.  So eat well.

The other thing about the competition is that they cook with local produce, which in theory should be good for all of us as less fossil fuels are being used to transport the fruits, vegetables, and meats over a smaller distance.

At the competition there were 10 competing properties. Some were restaurants, while others were culinary schools. The competitors were:

  • Hyatt Regency, Vancouver
  • Executive Hotel, Burnaby
  • The Ai International Culinary Schools
  • Vancouver Community College
  • Chinese Canadian Chef Association
  • River Rock Casino Resort
  • The Well Restaurant
  • Delizia Fusion Cuisine
  • Goldfish Pacific Kitchen
  • Dynasty Seafood Restaurant

For the competition, each property needed to prepare a main course dish and a dessert, which was rated by a panel of judges. The winners and awards for the competitor were:

Best entrée – Hyatt Regency
Healthy Plate Award – River Rock Casino Resort
Best Dessert– Goldfish Pacific Kitchen
Best Showcase – Chinese Canadian Chef Association
Peoples choice award – Chinese Canadian Chef Association

The Best Entrée was a tandoori rubbed beef tenderloin with Aloo (potato) Tikki, spring vegetables, with mint chutney and beet coulis. Everyone at your table had a different entree. This was my selected entree and I loved it. I had a glass of Prospect Winery Pinot Noir to go with this. This was a classic New World style Pinot Noir; bright strawberry aroma and flavour with low/soft tannins. A great pairing.  The competitors had a range of main courses, from beef to rabbit to shrimp and salmon.

I think pictures speak better than words, so here are some of the main courses to visually devour:

There was also a wide range of desserts to enjoy from a red bean filled “porcupine” pastry, to assorted strawberry pastries, to mousses.  All were delectible.  Again, some dessert pictures for you to devour:

Enjoy, and remember, eat well!