TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2017 /CNW/ - Following outstanding performances by Canada's ten semi-finalists from coast-to-coast, chef Benjamin Mauroy-Langlais wins the coveted title of Canada's best young chef with his signature dish: Smoked eel, celeriac (spring in Kamouraska). Benjamin Mauroy-Langlais earns the opportunity to compete against 20 of the world's top chefs for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 title in Milan in June 2018.

Benjamin Mauroy-Langlais was among ten semi-finalists chosen to compete before a jury of industry heavy weights including - Anthony Walsh (Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants, Toronto, ON), Joël Watanabe (Kissa Tanto and Bao Bei, Vancouver, BC), Todd Perrin (Mallard Cottage, St. John's, NF), Riccardo Bertolino (Maison Boulud, Montreal, QC) and Jen Agg (Grey Gardens, The Black Hoof, Cocktail Bar, Rhum Corner, Toronto, ON and Agrikol, Montreal QC) – who evaluated signature dishes of each semi-finalist based on the five "Golden Rules": ingredients, skills, genius, beauty and message.

75 guests including renowned chefs, restauranteurs and media attended the exclusive gathering at the Art Gallery of Ontario on October 2nd to experience the thrilling competition first-hand with Liem Vu (The Morning Show) and Danielle Finestone (TOFoodies) at the helm as hosts. Guests enjoyed a 10-course tasting menu featuring signature dishes by the 10 semi-finalists, as judges tasted and evaluated each young chef's dish. Attendees were also invited to vote for their personal favourites with Dominic Giroux taking the crown as the People's Choice winner.

"The S.Pellegrino Young Chef Competition creates an opportunity for young Canadians to not only showcase their exceptional culinary skills but have a once in a lifetime experience to gain mentorship from the best of the best. It's an opportunity to take their skills to next level, setting the foundation for a thriving career," says Jennifer Semley Robert, Marketing Manager, International Brands, Nestlé Waters Canada.

Riccardo Bertolino will help cultivate Chef Mauroy-Langlais's signature dish as Canada's mentor chef, before traveling to Milan to compete for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 title. "I'm excited to be on this journey with Benjamin and help showcase Canada's unprecedented young talent. With the right blend of creativity, passion and hard work, Benjamin is destined for success on the world stage," says Bertolino.

Semi-finalists were selected based on the five golden rules: ingredients, skill, genius, beauty and message by experts at ALMA, the World's Leading International Educational and Training Centre for Italian Cuisine. Exclusive content will be published regularly on and, the online magazine for food enthusiasts proudly endorsed by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna. 


Milan, 3rd October 2017 - The best solutions, materials, and lines. Whatever the world of Furniture & Tableware involves, from interior design and outdoor furniture to next generation formats and trends, will be, once again, displayed at HostMilano 2017 (in Fieramilano from 20 to 24 October) in an area that is expected to be a true success, as never before. Still one month to go and the figures are already clear. This year is going to be as successful as ever. Over 1,500 international buyers, 2,081 companies, 1,255 of which are Italian (60.3%) and 826 (39.7%) from over 51 countries (a 3.5% increase compared to 2015) will make this event unique. The Furniture, Technology, and Tableware pavilion confirms its unstoppable growth. In fact, its weight in terms of offering touches 20% (18.8% exactly), against 43.7% of the professional catering and Bread, Pizza, and Pasta micro-sectors, and 37.5% of Coffee Tea Bars - Coffee Vending Machines - Gelato and Pastry sectors.

Italy’s products keep growing: export increased by 1.9% in 2017

Between new entries and old friends, many companies of the Furniture industry have already confirmed their presence at HostMilano 2017. For the Tableware sector, there will be Abert, Arc International, Bormioli Rocco, Celtex, De Buyer, Giblors, Ginori, Gold Plast, Masa, Mepra, Pasabahce, Pinti, Rak, Revol, Rivolta Camignani, Sambonet, Schoenwald, Siggi, Tognana, Zwiesel. For the Furniture sector, there will be Afa Arredamenti, Baero, Brianza Tende, Calligaris, Cierreesse, Costa Group, Emu, Fluidra, Kartell, Mise en Demeure, Myyour, Ombrellificio Veneto, Pedrali, Serralunga, Slide, Tecnoarredamenti, Vondom, Wallpepper, Zucchetti. And Cei System, Gewiss, Gruppo Buffetti, Indelb, Vimar, and Zucchetti will represent the Technology sector.

After all, Italy’s figures confirm the healthy state of this sector. In fact, according to Fiac/ANIMA – the Italian association of household companies – the Household sector recorded a slight increase in 2016 (€ 865 million) with a +0.3% compared to 2015. But that’s not all, because the positive trend shows how this increase can further improve throughout 2017, as it can mark an extraordinary +2%. Good news is also coming from the export compartment (worth € 568 million) to which 66% of the production is destined. In 2016, exportations increased by 0.5% compared to the previous year, and expectations for 2017 are high (+1.9%). As for the international demand, France is still leading the compartment with its € 105.6 million, followed by Germany, United States, Switzerland, and Spain. EU-28 still leads this special ranking (59%), followed by Asia (11.1%) and North America (8.4%).


Sydney, Australia , October 4, 2017 ( - ​​Vino-lovers rejoice, the world’s most awarded wines and wineries have been revealed in the much anticipated release of the 2017 World Rankings of Wines & Spirits (WRW&S) Report.

Released annually by the World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists (WAWWJ), the report is a definitive ranking of the world’s most awarded wines, wineries and wine regions. The ranking is the only one of its kind to benchmark wines on a global scale.

The report details the top 100 wineries in 2017, the top 10 countries of 2017, the top 100 wines of 2017, rankings by individual variety and the individual reports for the top 5 countries.

“The annual list aims to reward the efforts of the World Wine Companies who compete and demonstrate consistency across the numerous wine shows around the world,” said WAWWJ Chairman Leonardo Castellani.

“Out of 700,930 wines evaluated in the competition, 150 wines received the prestigious accolade for ‘Wine of the Year’. This is the main distinction of the WRW&S and is only given to those wines that receive 125 points minimum over the course of the year.”

The top five wineries of 2017 include: Wakefield Wines (known as Taylors Wines in Australia); Gonzalez Byass S.A. (Spain), Casa Santos Lima – Companhia Das Vinhas S.A. (Portugal), Wolf Blass Wines (Australia), and Sogrape Vinhos de Portugal S.A. (Portugal).

The top five wines of 2017 include: Taylors / Wakefield Jaraman Shiraz 2014 (Australia), Taylors / Wakefield St Andrews Shiraz 2013 (Australia), Noe Pedro Ximenez Vors (Spain), Taylors / Wakefield St Andrews Shiraz 2014 (Australia), and Casa Perini Moscatel (Brazil).

Of the competing countries, France, USA, Spain, Italy and Australia rounded out the top five.

Commenting on being named the ‘Most Awarded Winery in the World’, Mitchell Taylor, Third- Generation Winemaker and Managing Director of Wakefield Wines said:

“We are incredibly proud to be recognized as the world’s most awarded winery as well as the world’s most awarded wine. Since the beginning we’ve sought to make wines that can take on some of the best.

“International wine competitions and rankings like the WRW&S are proof of just how exciting Australian wine is becoming internationally. Through our tastings and events across the country, we’ve found US wine drinkers to be very open and interested in trying wines from all over the world.”

The WAWWJ compiles the rankings in the report by totaling the trophy and medal results from a selection of 80 international wine shows around the world. These shows make up the top wine competitions from the more than 495 competitions around the world, with competing wines from more than 5 countries. The results are then tabulated and scored independently by the WAWWJ and posted to the organization's website each year.

The results in the 2017 WRW&S consist of award shows from the start of February 2016 to the end of January 2017.

The 2017 World Ranking of Wines and Spirits Report <


September 19, 2017

Today Good Earth Coffeehouse (Good Earth) welcomed Winnipeggers into their new café located at the Seasons of Tuxedo shopping centre, marking the official opening of its first location in Manitoba. Winnipeg can now experience just what makes Good Earth’s guests ‘feel good’ such as the warm and inviting atmosphere, Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee, and wholesome fresh food assembled and baked daily in their own kitchens.

The growing franchise has been offering exceptional coffee and wholesome food with a down-to-earth attitude, to Canadians for over 25 years. The new location is the company’s 48th opening since it was founded in 1991. It is located at Unit #1, 455 Sterling Lyon Parkway on the northwest corner of Kenaston Boulevard and Sterling Lyon Parkway.

Please see the press release embedded below my signature for further details. Don’t hesitate to get in touch for interview opportunities with Good Earth co-founders, Nan Eskenazi and Michael Going, as well as President and COO Gerry Docherty, who can speak to the history and philosophy of Good Earth and why Winnipeg is a perfect location for the coffeehouse. I will follow up during the next week to gauge your interest.

In addition, Good Earth will be holding a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, October 14, 2017, further details to come. 


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