Canadore College took home two awards at the International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) Young Chef Olympiad.
Chef Fintan Flynn won best mentor while second-year Culinary Management student Mya Hilts won best knife skills.
“I wanted to take part in this competition because of the experience you gain and how it opens so many more doors for your career,” says Hilts, who is from Pembroke. “This competition is very well-known and is seen in a lot of places. It would also be a great addition to a resume. Taking part in competitions also involves a lot of one-on-one work which helps you learn more skills and tricks in this industry.”
Chef Flynn says Hilts was chosen to compete because of her grades, dedication, and willingness to listen and learn.
“Mya is a disciplined worker with a kind heart and conscious mind and she applies positive energy and optimism to everything she undertakes,” he says.
“We are proud of all of the hard work Team Canadore put into this year’s competition,” said George Burton, Canadore College President and CEO. “This international recognition is a credit to our dedicated students and faculty who go beyond the classroom to make sure Canadore shines.”
Over 40 countries were represented in the five-day event which took place Jan. 31 to Feb 5 and was organized by IIHM and the International Hospitality Council London.
The competition was held virtually for the second straight year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each competitor took part in two rounds of culinary challenges.
As one of the 10 best runners up from round 1, Hilts qualified for the Plate Trophy final.