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2023 Taste Canada Cooks the Books

Join us at the 2023 Taste Canada Cooks the Books student cooking competition presented by Canadian Beef! 

Watch on as student teams from culinary schools across the country enter the Kitchen Arena at Cirillo's Academy on Sunday, October 29th, to cook their hearts out! 

The theme for this year's competition is: New Canadian Flavours Rooted in Tradition. Drawing inspiration from their own cultural cuisines, heritages and traditions, students are challenged to develop a recipe using a variety of Canadian ingredients, and a unique cut of local Canadian Beef.⁠

🥩 Students will explore the new web-based education tool, the Canadian Beef Information Gateway, to select their choice of beef cut. The Gateway has information on over 70 cuts of beef with cut descriptions, complete nutrition info per cut, how-to-cook recommendations, over 300 recipe videos and more.⁠

⁠🥦 All recipes will also reflect the seasonality of Canadian ingredients, with 60% of ingredients grown, produced and/or raised in Canada. The students are invited to use the What's in Season section of the Canadian Food Focus website as a helpful resource. 

👩🏽‍🍳 Each team must will also include California Prunes, Tabasco Sauce and Club House spices into their dishes.

🏆 The student chefs will prepare their dishes, start-to-finish, live in front of the crowd, and then present the final plates to the judges panel. The winners will be announced on Monday, October 30th, 2023, during the 2023 Taste Canada Awards Soirée, with the Gold-Winning Team taking home a $3,000 bursary as well as some amazing kitchen swag!

🔪 Do you want to get a taste of the action? Space is limited, so click here to purchase your tickets today! ⁠

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