Two culinary students win medals at Ontario Skills competition

Megan Proper on stage winning gold

Megan Proper (middle) wins a gold medal at in Baking at the Ontario Technical Skills Competition.

Capping off a year of outstanding success for the Canadian Food and Wine Institute is the announcement of two culinary students on the podium at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition. The event took place over three days at the RIM Centre in Waterloo Ontario and saw the students compete against schools from throughout the province.

Megan Proper a second year Culinary Management student won the Gold Medal in the Baking competition while Scott McInerney a Culinary Management graduate going into his first year of Culinary Innovation and Food Technology won the Silver Medal in the Culinary competition.

Acting dean of the CFWI Craig Youdale noted that the Ontario Technical Skills Competition represents an important window into skills-based work in Ontario and is a top competition for students in the province.

“This certainly marks an incredible moment in the young careers of these students. To have two students from the Canadian Food and Wine Institute reach the podium in Waterloo this week is truly astounding” said Youdale.

Youdale congratulations to both students for their excellence in competition and their determination and hard work leading up to the event.

“They are exemplary of the kind of achievement we aspire to for all of our students and will surely have exceptional careers in their respective fields upon graduation” he said.

The CFWI was represented on both sides of the competitive arena this year as chef professor Olaf Mertens and chef professor Philippe Corbiere were invited as judges.  Chef Corbiere said being a part of the Ontario Technical Skills Competition was a genuine honour.

“To experience the competitive energy of students from across Ontario was rewarding and eye-opening; there are great chefs to come in our province” said Corbiere.

Corbiere who has worked in a mentoring role with Proper  noted that his participation in the Baking competition with esteemed colleagues allowed him to see her perform to an outstanding professional level which resulted in her win.

“My congratulations to her for this achievement. I look forward to seeing her prepare for the 2013 National Technological Skills Competition” he said.

As a result of her win Proper now qualifies to move onto the Skills Canada National Competition from June 5 – 8 in Vancouver British Columbia.

In addition to the CFWi wins NC had another win at Skills Canada’s Ontario Technological Skills Competition.  Abby Alice Knight placed second in Hairstyling.

Congratulations to our winners and to all NC students who participated.