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Culinary Arts Students Head to Vancouver for Formal Competition

Five Northwest Community College (NWCC) students and their Culinary Arts (CA) instructor in Terrace will compete against experienced professionals in a hot foods competition at Western Canada's largest hospitality trade show in Vancouver this weekend. More than 5,000 restaurant and foodservice operators will go to the Canadian Foodservice Expo, which will be hosted by the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservice Association at B.C. Place, to attend workshops and seminars, and view new innovations in the food industry. The students will participate in the British Columbia Chef's Association Annual Hot Food Competition Junior Chapter, one of various competitions to be held at the show. "What's really special is Northwest Community College students will be up against chefs from high end restaurants in Vancouver," explained accompanying instructor Ron Bee. "Even if they don't win, based on our recent team practices, I think our chances of placing in the top three are good. We may just surprise a few people." "This will be an excellent learning and networking opportunity," continued Bee. "The students will have the chance see what chefs outside of the region are doing and what top restaurants, potential future employers, expect from them. It's going to be a huge eye opener." Students Kristina Sidoni, initially from Prince Rupert, and Phillip Robidoux, originally from Barrie, Ontario, will compete in the individual event on Sunday, Jan. 27, while students Teresa Moore from Kincolith and Canyon City's Dennis Nyce and Samantha Nyce will cook and serve as a team on Monday, Jan. 28. All five of the second-year students have been practising with their instructors after regular class hours for almost a month to achieve perfection in their dishes. They've also been fundraising, through bake sales, to pay for the trip. "I'm going for the experience," said Teresa Moore, who hopes to open a restaurant in Terrace when she is finished school. "I've never done anything like this before and I'm really excited. This will definitely be a great learning tool." "This competition means I get the opportunity to see and explore new ideas," said Dennis Nyce. "It'll give me a better perspective of what's happening, food wise, at big hotels and resorts." "I want to go to experience something really different," explained Sidoni. "You don"t get anything like that around here." "Attending events like this gives our students access to knowledge and skills outside the region that they can bring back and use to benefit their own futures and communities," stated NWCC President Stephanie Forsyth. "This experience will show the students their education has given them what it takes to succeed in Northern B.C. and beyond."

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