Local Chefs Cook for a Cause

RRC GRADS IMPRESS IN KITCHEN KUMITE: CLASH OF PANS COMPETITION BY MAGGIE WYSOCKI The classic line “Let the battle begin,” from Food Network’s “Iron Chef “wasn’t only heard through TV screens this past weekend. Local judges were shouting it too but at some of Winnipeg’s hottest chefs — many being RRC alumni — during the first ever Kitchen Kumite: Clash of Pans competition on Sept. 24. The event was a fundraiser for CancerCare Manitoba. “There’s so much talent in the city and it’s only getting better. This is the first of its kind but it’s an awesome way for chefs to show off,” said Alan Pineda, an RRC Culinary Arts grad from 2006 who created the event. The inspiration for Pineda’s brainchild came from seeing how the restaurant industry in Winnipeg has evolved over the years and how so many of the city’s chefs are RRC alumni. “There’s definitely a standard the College sets for us and kitchens love seeing that,” he said during Sunday night’s event as chefs duked it out behind him at Donald Street’s Kitchen Sync. The four-round competition heated up quickly and a total of 16 chefs took over the ovens, creating on-the-fly dishes from locally sourced ingredients. Eight of the competing chefs were RRC culinary grads who now work at what Pineda calls the the city’s “trendiest restaurants,” like the Canadian Museum for Human Rights’...

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