Author & Celebrity Chef
The Food Network
Born in Italy, Chef Massimo Capra’s culinary training began in Salsomaggiore, Parma. He then started his culinary journey at the famous Trattoria dall' Amelia in Mestre near Venice. In 1982, he moved to Toronto where he has worked at and owned various prominent restaurants. Chef Capra is the host of the hit series, Restaurant Makeover, on the Food Network and is a judge on Chopped Canada. A man of many talents, Chef Capra is the award-winning author of "One Pot Italian" and "Three Chefs the kitchen men." www.massimocapra.com
Presentation Topic: TBA
Presentation Times: Catch Massimo's presentations at the Cooking Stage on Friday, March 24th at 6PM and Saturday, March 25th at 2PM
Mariel & Humberto Hernandez
Owners, Huma Mexican Restaurant
Husband and wife team Mariel Montero Sena and Humberto Hernandez Cordova are the owners of Huma, an authentic Mexican restaurant located on Edmonton’s south side. The colourful restaurant and traditional cuisine play tribute to Mariel and Humberto’s Mexican origins. Mariel, a qualified chef who studied at the Instituto Culinario de Mexico, was a contestant on Chopped Canada in 2013. She flavours a Mexican fusion cooking style, serving real,made-from-scratch dishes. They welcome you to their home-away-from-home!
Presentation Topic: Mexican Comfort Food
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Peter Keith & Will Kotowicz
Owners of Meuwly's
Peter Keith and Will Kotowicz have been developing "Meuwly's" for over seven years, ever since working together at Edmonton dining landmark Cafe de Ville. Will, a self-taught charcutier, quietly built a repertoire of techniques and recipes as the savoury chef at Duchess and processing lead at Sangudo Meats. His experience with Craig Diehl in Charleston, South Carolina led him back to the idea of Meuwly's and "Secret Meat Club," their CSA-style Subscription Service.
Peter continued to work in top kitchens throughout Edmonton and Vancouver (Hardware Grill, Jack's, Chambar) whilst pursuing his passion for cooking competitions. He has competed in over 15 international events including the 2012 Culinary Olympics, bringing home a gold medal with Culinary Team Alberta. Together they are thrilled to be bringing their products to the Meuwly's retail location, opening on 124th st. in Autumn of 2017.
Presentation Topic: Secret Meat Club
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Chef, Match Eatery & Public House
Chef Josh started his culinary apprenticeship at the age of 16 and most recently acts as the head chef at Match Eatery & Public House located inside the new Grand Villa Casino. He has been in the restaurant industry mostly in Edmonton for 17 years specializing in the corporate side of high volume, multi-unit restaurants. Josh truly enjoys teaching others culinary skills or knowledge whether you’re a beginner or a kitchen veteran. You might find him familiar as he has appeared on Breakfast television, Dinner television, Shaw TV and many other local programs doing just that.
Presentation Topic: TBA
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Executive Chef, The Royal Glenora Club
Steve Buzak is the Executive Chef & The Director of Food & Beverage at Edmonton’s prestigious Royal Glenora Club. Steve’s formal training has come from NAIT, as well as the Dubrelle Arts Institute in Vancouver. In addition to his kitchen skills, Steve received sommelier training with the International Sommeliers Guild. Steve has competed locally in the Gold Medal plates in 2014 & 2015. Steve has spearheaded a shift in the menu offerings at the RGC towards one of his passions - eating local.
Presentation Topic: Brunch 'O'Clock with RGC Culinairians
Corporate Chef, Century Hospitality Group
From following his mom around the kitchen to his current position as corporate chef for Century Hospitality Group, Tony's experience has allowed him to hone his skills and palate to be able to lead the delivery of tantalizing dishes from the CHG properties. With a formal education from NAIT, coupled with a lifetime of kitchen experience, Tony is always to set exceed the expectations of guests with playful, interactive, beautiful and delicious food that to creates a warm, lasting memory.
Presentation Topic: BBQ Party Appetizers
Make appetizers for any occasion using fresh local ingredients you can find at the farmers market.
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The Kitchen Magpie & Author
Karlynn is the creator & author behind one of Canada's most popular food & lifestyle blogs, the award-winning TheKitchenMagpie.com. Professional full-time food blogger by day and bourbon drinker by night, Karlynn also managed to find time to create and publish her first cookbook, Flapper Pie & a Blue Prairie Sky with Appetite by Random House. Her bestselling cookbook can be found on shelves & online at all major retailers, while Karlynn herself can usually be found avoiding anything that has to do with cleaning her kitchen. She is currently working on cookbook #2, due out late 2017/early 2018.
Presentation Topic: Baking Up Prairie Classics
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Chef, Second Line Food Services
With over 22 years of cooking experience under his belt, Chef Daniel Huber is a one of a kind culinary talent. His focus is on bold flavors, deconstructed dishes and the true fun and joy of cooking. A NAIT alumni Chef, he is currently taking steps towards furthering new food initiatives in the Edmonton area, both through store fronts and by spreading his knowledge firsthand with up and coming local Chefs. Monthly pop ups, coupled with unique one of a kind events are now his focus as he works on sharing his love for New Orleans and southern food culture with fans of food and celebration.
Presentation Topic: Etouffe; a Cajun Classic
Check out Chef Daniel at the Cooking Stage on Saturday, March 25th at 6PM.
Head Chef, Packrat Louie
Chef Levi is a NAIT trained red seal chef who has experience in many different cooking facets. After his training at NAIT, he spent time at the best fine dining restaurants in Edmonton, as well as at a four Diamond restaurant in Banff. Feeling that it was time to make a change, Levi decided to do his own thing and open Attila The HUNgry, Edmonton's premiere Asian Fusion food truck, bringing all the flavours of Asia to the dishes we already know and love! Currently Levi is the head chef at Edmonton long time landmark, Packrat Louie.
Presentation Topic: International Fusion
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Owner, Ikka Izakaya
As the owner of Ikki Izakaya, an authentic Japanese bar in downtown Edmonton, Ayumi Yuda is passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating. She spends the majority of her time at the restaurant, attempting to bring a taste of her home country to Edmonton, one glass of saki at a time. Kampai! (Cheers!)
Presentation Topic: Sushi 101 & 'Deco-Sushi'
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