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If Canada were represented on just one plate, what would it include?

That old guard, poutine, with squeaky cheese curds and crisp fries made from Prince Edward Island potatoes? Would it be fish from one of our three coasts and numerous lakes, or Angus steaks from Albertan ranches? What about the fruits of Niagara, the Okanagan, or Annapolis? Perhaps a bounty of venison and morels hunted and gathered near Wiikwemkoong? Would it include maple syrup collected by Mennonite farmers, or spices and flavours brought from far away by our newer citizens? Would it include greens from a vertical farm or lentils from the Prairies harvested by a combine?

In the midst of thinking about how these ingredients contribute to Canadian cuisine, we find ourselves in need of nourishment that not only satisfies the taste buds but is kind to our bodies and our environment. Guides, reports, and commissions dominate the headlines with instructions for what’s healthy for the planet and for people. How do we reconcile these many requirements on our Canadian plates?

The Canadian Plate Challenge at SIAL Canada

April 30th, 2019

La Cuisine By SIAL booth

The Canadian Plate competition will challenge award-winning chefs to create a meal using ingredients from each province and territory. Kicking-off SIAL Toronto 2019 on April 30th, the challenge is a culinary competition that asks four chefs from across the country to create any dish they feel truly tastes like Canada, while also being sustainable, healthful, and just. Chefs will tell the story of each ingredient they chose and how they culminate to form their idea of the “Canadian Plate.”

Register to attend SIAL Canada.

The Chefs

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