The Culinary Showdown

Benefiting hereditary breast cancer patients from Montreal, Quebec and beyond

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Event Details
Date & Time

Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 10:00 AM

Location

Arsenal

Contact

Stephanie Roza
(514) 340-8222 ext. 22587
sroza@jgh.mcgill.ca

Event Description

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THE CULINARY SHOWDOWN

The inaugural Culinary Showdown, co-chaired by Etty Bienstock, Irwin Kramer and Joan Prévost, drew more than 700 enthusiastic guests and raised over $1,100,000 in support of hereditary breast cancer research. During the event, which was organized by the Jewish General Hospital Foundation (JGHF) and the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation (FCSQ), tribute was paid to Dr. Andre Lisbona, Honourary Patron and to Nadia Saputo, event honouree.

Foodies, home cooks and celebrity chefs all came together for this prestigious gastronomic event. The Culinary Showdown offered cooking enthusiasts who had distinguished themselves as top fundraisers, the opportunity to participate in a cooking school alongside celebrity chefs in the afternoon and to compete against each other in the evening.

Chefs Kimberly Lallouz, Michael Smith, Mark McEwan, Ivana Raca and Tyler Florence served as outstanding "culinary guides" and fierce competitors with their protégés. Thanks to them, the participants presented their creations brilliantly in front of an enthusiastic room of more than 700 donors and sponsors and a jury composed of such personalities as Jonathan Garnier, Mitsou Gélinas, Jean-Philippe Tastet, Mitch Garber, Senator Larry Smith and Michele Forgione. Hosted by Sebastien Benoît and Brad Smith, the evening proved to be highly entertaining!

Out of the thousands who put forward their applications in the 2017 The Canadian Event Industry Awards, the Culinary Showdown won two special awards:

  • Best Fund-raising event in Canada
  • Most Outstanding event over $200k Corporate/Business/Association and Non-Profit

Our participants and sponsors thought it was great. We're happy the Canadian Event Industry Awards organization thinks so too!

The winner was the Tyler Florence team for its exceptional performance on all three courses. For its part, team Kimberly Lallouz was a fierce competitor, claiming the second place spot.

While all the Chefs produced mouth-watering dishes, it is undoubtedly the show itself and the great fun enjoyed by all the participants that was the tastiest dish of the evening!

Myer Bick, President and CEO of the JGHF emphasized that “innovative fundraising such as this event and great teamwork by those who care deeply about breast cancer produce gratifying results toward a cure."

The funds raised will nurture two projects in the field of genomics. The first, led by Dr. William Foulkes, is aimed at understanding why members of some Quebec families are at high risk of developing breast cancer. The second, under the direction of Dr. Mark Basik, is focused on a new generation of diagnostic tests.

→ Have a look at the day's photo album here

→ To view the video taken from our Celebrity Chef Cooking School, please click here

→ To view the video highlighting the event, please click here

A very special thank you to:



PRESENTING SPONSOR

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LEAD SPONSOR

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OFFICIAL APPLIANCE SPONSOR

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AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT SPONSOR

Verley & Lawrence Yanofsky


MAJOR SPONSORS

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TABLE SPONSORS

Claudine and Steven Bronfman Foundation
Rhona & Irwin Kramer
Rachel & Steven Kramer
Joan & Jean Prévost
Nadia Saputo
Louise Wendling & Morris Shamis
Vivian & Howard Stotland

Sandra & Marc Bogos
Louise & Bob Elvidge
Fasken Martineau Dumoulin
Banque Nationale
Kruger Energie Inc.
Judy & Gerald Litwin
TD Wealth – Noonoo, Pinsler and Donato
Pharmaprix
Arthur Z. Rubin and Associates
Alvin Segal Family Foundation
Ruth & David Steinberg
TD Bank
Evelyn & Lawrence Vatch
WCPD Foundation
Franki & Peter Yanofsky

Interac
MasterCard
Loto Quebec
Marlene & Joel King

MEDIA SPONSORS

Coup de Pouce
Food Network

OFFICIAL WINE SUPPLIERS

SAQ
Grands Vins du Monde
GH Martel
Château Angélus

MYSTERY INGREDIENT SPONSORS

Bonne Maman
Del Monte
Inbalance
Maille
Nutri Lait
Nutri Œuf
Quakers
Tabasco
Wasa
Wafu
Weston
World Authentica Cuisine

CELEBRITY CHEF HOTEL SPONSOR

The William Gray

COOKING SCHOOL IN KIND SPONSORS

Buonanotte
Evive
Kicking Horse
Vasco da Gama

OFFICIAL KITCHEN SUPPLY SPONSORS

Ares
Accent Fairchild
Cuisipro
Le Creuset
KitchenAid

SUPPLIERS

Anna Concierge
Chef Works
Cuisipro
Eat it up Media
Litzi
MOEtreal
Seal Productions
Solutions with Impact (SWI)
Total Events and Entertainment
Zoom Media

VENUE

Arsenal Art Contemporain

CREATORS OF THE EVENING DINNER

Chef Baptiste Peupion – Executive Chef, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth
Chef Fisun Ercan – Executive Chef, Restaurants SU and Barbounya
Chef Olivier Perret – Executive Chef, Renoir Restaurant (Sofitel Montreal)
Chef Mô – Fusion by Seal Productions
CC Packing
Estiatorio Milos
Kalikori

OUR CONFECTIONERS AND MASTER CHOCOLATIER

Chef Roland Del Monte
Chef Laurent Pagès
Chef Christophe Morel
Chef Nicholas Dutertre
Chef Olivier Potier

LOCAL RESTAURANTS AND CHEFS WHO SHOWED THEIR SUPPORT OF THE CULINARY SHOWDOWN

Buonanotte
Candide
Fiorellino
Foiegwa
Hopkings
Hvor
Impasto
Restaurant Inferno
Maggie Oakes
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