Taste of Talent Benefit Dinner 2012 – By Canada’s Culinary Teams (Vancouver, BC)

By Chef Hamid

Taste of Talent Benefit Dinner 2012

**Update! – Taste of Talent Benefit Dinner Recap

Canada’s best culinary talent under one roof, in one kitchen, on one evening. This will be an epic experience.

Some girls can stay up watching chick flicks or romantic movies and cry themselves to sleep… I can do it by watching videos like this… or browsing photos of avant garde cuisine.

This is not the Next or el Bulli opening, but if you want that experience and food of that caliber, then this is your opportunity. Try to prevent yourself from crying in the food… besides your tears will over salt it.

Canada’s Culinary Teams are coming together to prepare a benefit dinner to raise funds so they can represent our province and country in the upcoming national and international culinary competitions. These competitions are the Culinary Olympics and these chefs have been training 2-4 years for them.

Together with Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s Head Chef, Ken Nakano, taste course after course prepared by the following culinary teams.

Canada’s National Culinary Team
Canada’s Junior National Culinary Team
Culinary Team British Columbia
Canada’s Bocuse d’Or Competitor
WACS Global Chef Challenge Competitor

Taste of Talent Benefit Dinner 2012

Date: Monday March 26, 2012
Place: Rosewood Hotel Georgia
801 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC

6:30 pm – Champagne Reception
7:30 pm – Gastronomic Dinner with Wine Pairing
Dresscode: Formal

For ticket info or to purchase tickets – see here.


Coach Hamid Salimian from Diva at the Met

Culinary Team British Columbia www.bccaf.com

Team Manager Jane Ruddick Phd J.R. Food Consultants
Coach Hamid Salimian Diva at the Met, Metropolitan Hotel
Mentoring Coach Bruno Marti La Belle Auberge Restaurant, Ladner
Assistant Manager Harald Bonkowski Vancouver Community College
Dean Hossack Kelowna Yacht Club
Team Members Fumiko Moreton Terminal City Club
Ryan Stone BC Place Stadium
Colin Hobbs Westin Bear Mountain Victoria Resort & Spa
Rolando Sanares Vancouver Airport Marriott
Graham Smith Victoria Fairmont Empress
Amir Bahmani Fraiche Restaurant
Sharlyn So Diva at the Met Restaurant
Brandon Pirie Diva at the Met Restaurant
William Kozoris Blue Water Cafe

Bocuse d’Or Competitor www.bocusedorcanada.ca

2013 Canadiate: Alex Chen

Canada’s National Culinary Team www.culinaryteamcanada.ca

Team Managers Simon Smotkowicz
Restituto Mendoza
Coaches Clayton Folkers
Bruno Marti
Fred Zimmerman
Vinod Varshney
Team Captain Brad Horen
Team Memebers Poyan Danesh
Peter Dewar
Patrick Gayler
James Holehouse
Dave Ryan
Support Member Roger Andrews
Serg Belair
Jeffery Young

Canada’s Junior National Culinary Team www.jrculinaryteamcanada.ca

Manager John Carlo Felicella
Coach Tobias MacDonald
Team Chef Laura Sharpe-Dawe
Captain Tyson Gee
Core Jasper Cruickshank
Santiago Cuyugan
Nathan Taylor
Giulia Nardiello
Back-Up Nathan Sundeen
Support Miho Shinbo
Daniel Davyduke
Mentors Chef Settimio Sicoli
Chef James Hutton
Logistics Kamal Bachana, Shawn Lang
Media Nick Versteeg

Chef Tobias MacDonald’s Award Winning Gold Global Chef’s Menu

WACS Global Chef Challenge Competitor: Tobias MacDonald



  • Jayda Home says:

    Wow! Looking at the presentation of these dishes makes me really realize what artists these chefs are. Do you ever watch dinner party wars? I used to think my dinner parties were pretty good, until I saw how much care some of those contestants took in presentation. Now I am super aware of how poor my presentation is when I serve food. Maybe, I shouldn’t watch those shows as they take the fun out of hosting…….
    BTW….. Congratulations on being featured in today’s Arts and Life in the Vancouver Sun!

  • Linda says:

    ditto what Jayda said about being in Arts and Life on Saturday! I was at the Mirror Mirror premiere and one of our mutual friends, Veronica, showed me the article while we were waiting in line 🙂 congrats!! ^________^

    i really wish i could afford to go to this, the team looks amazing and from that one plate alone, it looks like the event will be pretty spectacular!

  • Mijune says:

    @Jayda Home – Thank you!!!! You are so sweet!! Oh and I know exactly what you mean!!!! I was pretty okay with my plating until I saw some other “home cooks”… and then it’s like ummm don’t bring mine out please. Are you coming to this dinner!?!

    @Linda – You’re so sweet too!! Thank you! xo and yes, the food will be unquestionably amazing. 🙂

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