Monthly Archives: June 2015

Hawksworth Scholarship Fundraising Dinners

Working alongside presenting sponsor TD the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Foundation is excited to announce the Foundation’s 2015 fundraising dinner series taking place across Canada.

The fundraising dining series features Chef Hawksworth collaborating with the Foundation’s chef judges on multi course dinners. On June 11 Chefs Hawksworth and Eligh will host with Chefs Lee Cooper, J-C Poirier and Lucais Syme in Hawksworth Restaurant’s heritage York Room. Quickly following on June 14, Chef Justin Leboe of Calgary’s Model Milk welcomes Chefs Hawksworth and Eligh. To round out the regional heats Chef Hawksworth joins legendary Montreal Chef Normand Laprise at his famed restaurant Toque! in Monteal on July 28.

Tickets for these memorable fundraising dinners can be purchased by contacting Brody Jones directly at

Hawksworth - Chris Bolin

Hawksworth – Chris Bolin

Grab ‘n’ go at Bel Café

Rushing through the city on your way to the beach? Bel Café now offers a selection of grab ‘n’ go options to help you get back in the sun faster. Chef Emry’s new salad selections include the refreshing watermelon with feta and green chili, and a hearty bulgar wheat salad with corn, cauliflower and piquillo pepper. Chef Kozinko has also included a new selection of desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. Tempt yourself with spiced date bars, 70% dark chocolate brownies or decadent gluten-free brownies. In addition to the cafe’s current sandwiches, soups, and salads the new grab ‘n’ go menu is available for online ordering at

Bel Café’s Online Menu


Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Toronto Recap



A panel of Canada’s top chef’s have spoken and two talented culinary finalists from Toronto will now head to Vancouver as part of the national Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship presented by TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege. The competition was extremely fierce during the Toronto heat last week with only two young chefs making it through to the final round taking place on September 12. Heats will also be taking place in Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal.

Each competitor was given identical ingredients, provided by Gordon Food Service Canada and two hours in the kitchen to wow the taste buds of the judges. The Toronto heat the finalists are: Stephen Baidacoff (from Eleven Madison Park) and Marvin Palomo (from DaiLo) who stood out ahead of the competition to win over the judges.

“As we enter our third year and this contest grows larger, we are see more and more top caliber applicants from cities across Canada causing the talent pool to become increasingly more impressive and the competition tougher”, says Chef Hawksworth. He also noted, “there was a wide range of techniques used in the preparation of the dishes we saw yesterday in Toronto but the judges found there to be a certain elevated level of sophistication from the two who progressed through to the finals”.

Stephen Baidacoff was first overall in the Toronto heat impressing the panel of chefs, which included: Rob Gentile, David Lee, Damon Campbell, Grant van Gameren, Kristian Eligh & David Hawksworth. The bold simplicity of his outstanding lamb dish showed a confidence that translated into an impressive first place showing. As a reward for his hard work in the kitchen, Le Creuset provided the winner with Stainless Steel – Chef’s Pan (Saucier) as well as round-trip airfare to Vancouver.

Taking place at Vancouver Community College in September, the final round of this national competition will see the finalists use mystery ingredients from a black box, revealed only moments before the competition clock begins. The winner, chosen by a prominent panel of Canadian chefs and food critics, will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship along with an international stage.


We’re turning (RED) this June


The Vancouver culinary community lead by Chef David Hawksworth will be turning (RED) this June to raise money and awareness for the fight against AIDS. Food and drink businesses from around the world – from London to Hong Kong and now Vancouver, will serve-up delicious (RED) culinary experiences during the month of June to raise money for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, and awareness that the war against AIDS is winnable.

“I am honoured to lead the charge for the ‘EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES’ campaign here in Vancouver this year”, says Chef David Hawksworth. “(RED)’s impact on globally motivating others to join the fight against AIDS has been monumental and our team hopes that we can make a small difference in the fight against this deadly virus.”

EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES calls on restaurants, food trucks and bars to come to the table in the fight to #86AIDS. This month we’ll be serving up a (RED) spirit Belvedere Vodka cocktail ‘The Rizzo’ to help promote AIDS awareness with 100% of proceeds supporting (RED).

Each participating food and drink business will make a donation to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, to support (RED)’s fight for an AIDS-free generation. Chef Ambassadors from across the globe, including Chef David Hawksworth who will actively participate in the campaign include: Mario Batali, Paul Qui, April Bloomfield, Dominique Ansel, Sanjeev Kapoor and Enrique Olvera.