NEW DATES: May 9-11, 2022

Enercare Centre, Toronto & VIRTUAL

Garland Canada Culinary Competition

Over $10,000 in cash & prizes up for grabs

Restaurants Canada and Garland Canada continue their commitment to Canada's thriving and passionate culinary community by showcasing its top emerging talent at the annual Garland Canada Culinary Competition. This year's event will include a virtual and live component, where competitors will have to prove their skills and creativity in front of a panel of esteemed judges. Each round will challenge chefs to craft a dish that reflects the theme of 'Revival' and strike a balance between profitability, quality and sustainability.

The competition's diversity and inclusion mandate will continue to hold 50% of the competitor space for women and prioritize the showcase of BIPOC talent.

Competition Details

  • Round 1 - Culinary schools across Canada will review applications and choose the top 12 finalists.
  • Round 2 - The Top 12 finalists will invite a panel of three judges into their home kitchens (virtually) and share a 45 minute culinary demonstration, which creatively reflects the theme and incorporates the black box ingredients and pantry list. Judges will select the Top 4 to move forward.
  • Round 3 - The Top 4 finalists will travel to the RC Show in Toronto and partake in the live competition on May 10, 2022. They will compete head-to-head in a timed cooking demo. Winners will be chosen and announced at the competition on the culinary stage.

Competition Prizes

  • 1st Place - $5,000
  • 2nd Place - $3,000
  • 3rd Place - $1,500
  • Runner-Up - $500
  • Fan Favourite - $500

View competition rules and regulations

Applicant Criteria

  • Have a minimum of 3-4 years of experience working in a professional kitchen
  • Be living and working in Canada
  • Be 19 years of age or older
  • Be available to compete virtually on one day between January 17-28, 2022
  • Be available to travel to Toronto to compete in the live competition on May 10, 2022
  • Be fully vaccinated as per the latest Ontario and Federal guidelines (this means you have received your second dose 14 days prior to May 10, 2022)
  • Not be a decorated, recognized, multiple culinary competition winner or TV personality chef
  • Not be a previous winner or judge of The Garland Culinary Competition

Applications will include contact information, resume, references, headshots and photos, 50-100 word written application and a 1-3 minute video.

Application submissions will be reviewed and judged by a panel of culinary experts from the top culinary schools in Canada. Restaurants Canada and Garland Canada will not be involved in any of the judging.

Applications are now closed - thank you for your interest

Garland Canada Culinary Competition

Vote for Your Fan Favourite

The top 12 finalists will be entered for a chance to win a 'Fan Favourite' prize of $500. Short videos of each competitor's virtual culinary demonstration will be posted on the Restaurants Canada Instagram page (@RestaurantsCanada). The video with the most likes at the end of the voting period will be crowned Fan Favourite!

More details will be shared when voting opens in 2022.


Chef Julie-Marteleira

Chef Julie Marteleira

 Executive Chef, Leña

Chef John Higgins

Chef John Higgins

Director, Enterprise Leadership Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts Ambassador, George Brown College

Chef Billy Alexander

Chef Billy Alexander

Director of Programs, Culinary Tourism Alliance






1st Place

Daniel Kim

Sous Chef, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

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2nd + Fan Favourite

Samantha Lamanna

Chef de Cuisine, ll Covo

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3rd Place

Kasyndra Noseworthy

Commis Chef, Momofuku Kōjin

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3rd Place

Ken Yau

Chef & Owner, k.Dinners/k.Dumps

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3rd Place

Nikko Policarpio

Sous Chef, Mineral Restaurant

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Samantha Medeiros

Sous Chef, La Palma Restaurant (Toronto)

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Ruby Gatt

Sous Chef, Piano Piano

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Miriam Echeverria

Executive Chef, Greta Solomon's

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Brian Thibodeau

Sous Chef, Park Restaurant

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Hani Firin

Sous Chef, Elora Mill Hotel & Spa

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Zach Keeshig

Chef & Program Instructor, Elephant Thoughts

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Jesse Mutch

Chef & Owner, Flora's Deli

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