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Here’s what RC Show 2023 is cooking up


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Toronto, Jan. 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Serving up everything you crave, as well as a few things you didn’t know you needed. RC Show, Canada’s leading hospitality and food service expo is poised to cause a storm at the Enercare Center in Toronto from April 10-12. With this year’s theme, Heart & Hustle, in full swing, the show has pulled out all the stops, ready to showcase culinary innovation and frontier talent, the heartbeat of the industry, as well as the “hustle and bustle” of those who and behind working from home to continue to fuel and shape our experiences at every turn.

Here’s what RC Show is cooking up this year:New and remarkable

Calling all pizza bakers, pizzaiolo’s or pizzaioli! Restaurants Canada, Ardent Mills and Lactalis Canada Foodservice continue to invest in the culinary leaders of tomorrow by seeking out the nation’s best and emerging pizza talent with the launch of the Restaurants Canada Pizza Competition. Finalists will have the chance to test their skills in front of an esteemed jury, with over $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. See for yourself who really has the best crust, sauce, cheese, toppings, overall flavor and creativity, or put your pizza skills to the test and see if you’re Canada’s next pizza tastemaker. Submissions are now open. The application deadline is February 28, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST.

Competitions are ramping up

Do you think you have what it takes to become Team Canada’s next culinary athlete? This is your chance to join in or witness history in the making. The Bocuse D’Or and the World cup pastry are the Oscars of the culinary world and they are both coming to RC Show 2023. This year’s show will feature the best chefs and bakers from coast to coast to find our national culinary athletes who will compete in what is described as the most demanding cooking competitions on earth. Chefs Canada is looking for a chef to lead Bocuse d’Or Canada and two bakers (a chocolate master and a sugar specialist) to take over the reins of the World Pastry Cup for Team Canada. This year also marks the first time since 2007 that Canada will be represented at the World Pastry Cup!

A selection committee made up of some of Canada’s top chefs will select who will duke it out at RC Show before heading to Lyon, France in 2024. Applicants have until 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 12, 2023 to submit their application.

“We are excited to once again partner with the RC Show to find Team Canada’s next stars,” said Thomas Delannoy, President of Chefs Canada. “We look forward to seeing top national talents come together on the culinary stage for an opportunity to represent our country and shine a spotlight on the products, ingredients and flavors that make Canada unique.”

The annual Garland Canadian Culinary Contest is back and hotter than ever. Taking place on the Culinary Stage on April 11, this annual must-see competition challenges chefs from around the country to create a dish for culinary experts that reflects their Heart & Hustle. Chefs are asked to connect their dish to the memories and passion it ignites for them, and share what inspired them to choose this industry. The Garland Canada Culinary Competition continues to demonstrate its commitment to the country’s thriving and passionate culinary community by promoting its emerging top talent, and its commitment to diversity and inclusion by allowing 50% of entrants to be women and prioritizing BIPOC culinary talent. This year there is over $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.

A mix of speed, precision and presentation, the John Bil Oyster Peeling Competition is back for the 4th year to crown the fastest shucker on the block. Apply now.

Pop up in the menuThe Trinity Market pop-up experience is set to emulate an emerging concept to showcase all the best that Ontario and beyond has to offer. The creative vision of Chef Matt Dean Petit, the Trinity Market Pop Up Experience is a snack bar concept designed as a community hub and incubator for networking, tasting, discovery and more. Highlighting local collaborations and talent, the space will feature a bottle shop and retail space and be a destination to discover innovative solutions, and some of the country’s best bite-sized dishes. Opening in February at Queen West and Bellwoods, this preview of Trinity Market offers tapas-style food with a Canadian twist by celebrating extraordinary people at every turn. The soul and drive of the industry all under one roof, bringing the Heart & Hustle theme together.

More ways to taste, connect and get localIn addition to a packed culinary stage and the return of the show’s amazing signature events, including RC Show’s Opening Night Reception, Industry Night Out and Breakfast With Champions.

Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with businesses across Canada, including activations by culinary partners such as Garland Canada, Chicken Farmers of Canada, Dairy Farmers of Canada, Canada Beef, Highliner Foods, Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Gordon Food Service, Ardent Mills and Lactalis Canada Food Service. Go local to the OMAFRA Ontario Pavilion, PEI, Ontario and Quebec, all offering the best food and drink offerings and even more reason to dine locally.

Plus, tastings in the more than 300,000 square feet of exhibit space and a new and improved Food Truck’n Experience (part of the World Pavilion) will showcase ethnic flavors and multicultural offerings and combinations, as well as innovative food products throughout the show floor.

For more information, to arrange an interview or to attend this year’s event, please visit www.rcshow.com.

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About Canada RestaurantsRestaurants Canada is a national, not-for-profit, member-based industry association that advances the potential of Canada’s diverse and dynamic foodservice industry through membership programs, research, advocacy, resources and events. The Canadian foodservice industry is a $95 billion industry serving 22 million customers nationwide every day. As the fourth largest private sector employer, Canadian Foodservice directly employs 1.2 million people and indirectly supports an additional 290,000+ jobs in related industries, with $32 billion in food and beverage products purchased each year. www.restaurantcanada.org About RC Show Canada’s leading foodservice and hospitality event since 1944, showcasing cutting-edge products, pioneering people and innovative ideas. Participants can shop, taste, learn, connect and grow their business with multiple days of business-building action including featured areas, contests, workshops and RC Hospitality Week events tailored to educate, motivate and lead the industry. RC Show features the latest trends, a dynamic selection of innovative products and influential speakers from around the world, designed to help operators grow their business. An annual event not to be missed. Learn more at www.rcshow.com

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Lisa Raffaele
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Livija Cygas
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Tianna Goguen
Restaurants Canada
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Source: Restaurants Canada