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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WINNIPEG January 6, 2021: The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with the Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association, today opened the online application process for a new COVID-19 emergency support fund for businesses, the Dine-in Restaurant Relief Program.

“Through a $5-million grant from the Province of Manitoba, we will be able to deliver much-needed financial relief to dine-in restaurants directly affected by the Critical (red) level restrictions of the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System,” said Chuck Davidson, President and CEO of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. “This rebate represents meaningful support that will have a positive impact on our hard-hit hospitality industry, which includes roughly 2,000 traditionally dine-in restaurants across the province closed to in-person dining for more than 60 days at this point.”

The program is designed to provide a rebate to dine-in restaurants that shifted to a food delivery model during the Critical (red) phase. The associated COVID-19 prevention orders permit restaurants to provide take-out, curbside pick-up, and delivery service, while prohibiting the operation of a dining room.

“The Manitoba government appreciates the sacrifices made by our restaurant community to protect Manitobans from this deadly virus, and our $5 million investment will help cover the additional costs for dine-in restaurants to comply with public health orders and safely provide their services,” said Ralph Eichler, Minister of Economic Development and Jobs for the Manitoba government.

The rebate will help offset costs related to food delivery services incurred during the Critical phase, whether a restaurant provides its own delivery service or uses a third party. Restaurant operators can submit third-party delivery company fees for reimbursement, while those managing their own delivery system can be eligible for reimbursement of 20% of delivery invoices.

“In a time when the restaurant industry in Manitoba has experienced significant revenue losses due to the pandemic and code red restrictions, we are pleased to see our provincial government creating this initiative to ensure some of the additional expenses of operating during this unprecedented time are recognized,” said Shaun Jeffrey, executive director, Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association. “We all want to see our favourite restaurants make it through to the other side of this crisis.”

For information about the Dine-In Restaurant Relief Fund, including eligibility criteria and to begin the application process, Manitoba dine-in restaurant operators should go to


VANCOUVER, BC (January 5, 2021) — Tacofino, the BC-based restaurant group behind ‘Shift Change’ — an initiative dedicated to help improve the quality of life for those in the hospitality and foodservice industry — will host the next two editions of its complimentary online ‘Speakers for Change’ series this January 12 and February 9 at 3:00 p.m. PST via Zoom.

As a result of the positive reception for the monthly series that launched in November, Tacofino will continue the series through 2021, with future sessions dedicated to discussing the current experience of race, gender, mental health and substance dependancy that are faced by restaurant owners/operators and hospitality and foodservice workers.

“We’ve been thrilled with the response to the first two Speakers for Change sessions and want to keep the momentum going in the new year,” says Taylor Chobotiuk, Head of People and Engagement for Tacofino and one of the founders of Shift Change. “We’re looking forward to continuing to provide Shift Change as a space for community leaders and industry professionals to engage in important conversations and exchange ideas to improve the current experience for the industry and its people."

The following upcoming Speakers for Change sessions and featured guests include:

Inclusive Hiring for Food and Beverage Workers on the Autism Spectrum
Tuesday, January 12 at 3 p.m. PST

Participants will learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), how to effectively engage workers with ASD within the industry and the business case for championing inclusive hiring practices. The keynote speaker for this session is Lisa Beecroft, Co-Owner of Port Moody’s Gabi & Jules Handmade Pies and Baked Goodness, where accessibility and inclusivity has become an important part of the menu. Beecroft is also Co-Chair of the Presidents Group, an organization of local business leaders that promotes inclusive employment practices to make accessibility a hallmark of how BC does business.

Visibility of LGBTQ2+ in the Kitchen
Tuesday, February 9 at 3 p.m. PST

This session will focus on challenges and opportunities that people who identify as LGBTQ2+ face while working on the line and in the kitchen. Keynote speaker and Cree-Metis Chef Heat Laliberte will detail his personal journey from line cook to caterer for the 2016 and ’18 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro and Pyeongchang to following his passion of artisanal butchery to start One Arrow Meats. Laliberte also volunteers his time for community charity events and speaks to youth on the Downtown Eastside to help them set and achieve goals and live a healthy lifestyle.

 Shift Change’s Speakers for Change is a series of one-hour Zoom sessions featuring local community leaders looking to inspire positive, sustainable change in the industry as well as those who work within it. While the sessions are free of charge for the participants to make it accessible for all, Tacofino will donate $1,250 per session to the keynote speaker’s charity or cause of choice.

Further details on upcoming events and programs for Shift Change in 2021 and beyond will be announced in the coming weeks.

Media interviews can be available with Taylor Chobotiuk, Head of People and Engagement for Tacofino, by contacting SMC Communications below.

Complimentary tickets to take part in Shift Change’s Speakers for Change events may be reserved online at


Today, the Province announced it is providing $5 Million to support Manitoba Restaurants impacted by Covid-19 level red restrictions. 

Based on a recommendation from business leadership and stakeholders, the $5-million Dine-in Restaurant Relief Program will be delivered by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce in partnership with the Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association. The program will be designed to provide a rebate to dine-in restaurants across Manitoba that have shifted to a delivery model as a result of moving to Critical (red) and subsequent public health orders. The rebate will help offset additional costs related to food delivery services, whether a restaurant provides its own delivery service or uses a third-party delivery company.

“In a time when the restaurant industry in Manitoba has experienced significant revenue losses due to the pandemic and code red restrictions, we are pleased to see our provincial government creating this initiative to ensure some of the additional expenses of operating during this unprecedented time are recognized,” said Shaun Jeffrey, executive director, Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association. “We welcome this additional support to keep our restaurateurs’ spirits up during this holiday season. We look forward to working with all the partners involved to get these supports to the businesses that need them the most while supporting them as they rely on this lone revenue stream to keep them viable in the future.”  

More information on the Dine-in Restaurant Relief Program and how to apply will be available for restaurants in the weeks ahead.


LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Dec. 14, 2020 – Combining its core competencies in robotics, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles with a deep understanding of customer needs, LG Electronics announced that it is developing an autonomous robot that will use ultraviolet (UV-C) light to disinfect high-touch, high-traffic areas. LG Business Solutions USA plans to offer the UV robot to U.S. hospitality, education, corporate, retail, restaurant, and transportation customers in early 2021.

“We hope LG’s first UV disseminating robot will give our customers, and in turn their customers, peace of mind,” explained Michael Kosla, vice president, LG Business Solutions USA. “Whether it’s hotel guests, students in classrooms or patrons of restaurants and other businesses, they can rest assured that the LG autonomous UV robot will help reduce their exposure to harmful bacteria and germs,” he said.

To be officially unveiled at Digital CES® 2021, LG’s new robot is expected to enable a new standard of hygiene by helping to disinfect high-touch, high-traffic areas. Because of its autonomous design, the robotwill be able to move easily around tables, chairs and other furniture, generally irradiating a room’s touchable surfaces in 15 to 30 minutes, disinfecting multiple areas on a single battery charge.

Engineered to be easy to operate, the robot can be integrated into established cleaning routines without requiring extensive staff training or specialists to operate it.Staff will be able to monitor progress via remote updates to smartphones or tablets. Employee exposure to UV rays will be minimized through a built-in safety lock activated by human motion detection sensors, pressing of an emergency stop button or via the mobile application.

“A higher level of disinfection is going to become the new customer expectation in the new contactless economy where we now all live, work, learn and play,” Kosla said. “LG is bringing to bear its expertise in robotics, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles for creative solutions like this to meet specific customer requirements.”

This is the first in a series of new LG CLOi autonomous robots planned for introduction in the United States during 2021.


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