TORONTO – January 8, 2021 – Restaurants Canada and Welbilt-Garland Canada are cooking up the competition of the year with applications now open for the Garland Canada Culinary Competition. Supporting the culinary community and the thriving talent within it, the annual national competition will be held virtually during the RC Show 2021 ONLINE LIVE event between February 28-March 3, 2021. 

Committed to feeding the recovery and providing equal opportunities for all chefs, especially women in what is still considered a male-dominated industry, up to 50% of the top spots will be held for female and BIPOC chefs. Chefs from coast-to-coast are invited to submit an application and a short video before January 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST for the chance to earn a spot in the virtual competition. The top 12 finalists will be selected to compete, where they can win up to $10,000 in cash and other exciting prizes. Past finalists include Niagara’s Chef Nick Chindamo and MasterChef Canada runner up Chef Andy Hay.

“We welcome all of Canada’s best and brightest chefs to come to the table, bringing new innovations and trends to this year’s competition,” says Todd Barclay, President and CEO of Restaurants Canada. “Now more than ever we need to support Canadian chefs and restaurants, and we look forward to celebrating both old and new talent across the country at the 2021 RC Show.”

Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to qualify:

  1. Have a minimum of 1-3 years of experience working in a professional kitchen.
  2. Be living and working in Canada.
  3. Be 19 years of age or older.
  4. Submission must be completed in full to be considered valid.
  5. Is not a decorated, recognized, multiple culinary competition winner or TV personality chef.

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

“Supporting diversity and inclusion in any field is a must, but especially within the foodservice industry where the majority of recognized chefs are white men,” says Mary Chiarot, Vice President and General Manager of Welbilt-Garland Canada. “This competition aims to level the playing field and celebrate incredible dishes from chefs of all backgrounds, while supporting the recovery of the restaurants industry across Canada.”

The top 12 successful applicants will be notified by January 22 and must be available to demonstrate the preparation of a dish virtually with an online panel of judges from your home or work kitchen. The results will be shared during one of four action-packed days during the 2021 RC Show.

This year’s competitions is supported by Canada Beef, Victorinox Swiss Army, Chicken Farmers of Canada, Dairy Farmers of Ontario and High Liner Culinary. For more information or to submit an application visit

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