The Second Annual Culinary Showdown

My cooking talent is best described as surprisingly intuitive,… mostly because I make it up as I go along and it’s a surprise when it works but I love to cook and I would have loved to be on stage at this event.

The second annual Culinary Showdown, produced by industry icon Joel Hock & his talented team at  & nominated for “Best Event for a Community-Based Charity” was a wonderfully creative active event.

The Showdown brought together an all-star lineup of 5 celebrity chefs who were joined by the top 50 fundraising foodies to compete for the coveted Culinary Showdown Trophy raising money for Epilepsy South Central Ontario.

This extraordinary challenge allowed culinary enthusiasts to raise money for a chance to cook alongside celebrity chefs in a MasterChef-style competition as seen on TV!

This year’s top fundraisers were joined by Chefs Massimo Capra, Lynn Crawford, Claudio Aprile, Nicole Gomes, and John Cirillo for a one-of-a-kind cooking competition.

Kicking off the day at Chef’s School qualified participants learned the tricks of the trade with private cooking lessons from the all-star master chefs and ended with the Culinary Showdown, where teams compete against one another to deliver the ultimate dishes before the clock runs out.

Meanwhile, gala attendees watched the on-stage action and enjoyed a gourmet meal.

The team at Solutions With Impact did a great job raising over $400,000 to support families affected by Epilepsy in the community.

Congrats to everyone who helped make this event a great success, & good luck at the Canadian Event Awards Gala from  Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex on Sept 28, 2022. The CEA Gala is the last event of CSE Live 2022, EventFest, Canada’s premier event for Canadian event professionals and can be found here.

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Author: Jason Koop is a writer, influencer, fan of Canadian event experiences, and VP of Business Development with Canadian Special Events.  After more than 15 years in the apparel industry managing accounts for some of the world’s most prominent designers like Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and Vanity Fair Corp, Jason was ready for a change. Combining his relationship-building skills with his marketing background and a new love for events, he has built the largest following of corporate event professionals in Canada for CSE. He is helping to lead the brand to a new level of success.