Toronto, February 26, 2019 — The Road to Lyon 2021 started today at the RC Canada Show. The foodservice event hosted Team Canada’s national selection for the first time. Under the eye of six of the country’s noteworthy industry professionals, three contenders went head-to-head in a high-energy, two-hour battle for the chance to be our national culinary athlete at the next Bocuse d’Or, the Olympics of gastronomy, in Lyon (France) in January 2021.
Three chefs were selected amongst more than a dozen entrants by the organization’s newly formed Board of Directors to take part in the quest for the best: Gene Cormier (Euston Park Social - Moncton NB), Samuel Sirois (ITHQ - Montreal QC), and Tarik Belmoufid (Bistro 1843 - Montreal QC). Faced with the challenge to reinvent duck tourtière – Bocuse style - the competitors showcased unparalleled technical skills and creative mastery in order to win the coveted title to represent Canada on the world stage. In the end, Chef Samuel Sirois, from ITHQ in Montreal won the lead role and was awarded the reigns of Team Canada 2021.