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  • Hannah Sabourin

Cooking under pressure

Wakefield chef Wapokunie Riel-Lachapelle will soon compete with four fellow Canadian chefs in a prestigious competition called Canada’s Great Kitchen Party – Ottawa, scheduled for Sept. 26, 2022 — an event revived after a two-year COVID-19 hiatus.


These chefs will compete at Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa — one of nine preliminary competitions across Canada. The gold medalists from these preliminary competitions, held in cities across Canada, will move on to compete at the Canadian Culinary Championship, which will also take place in Ottawa on Feb. 3-4, 2023. The chef with the best dish will be named the Canadian Culinary Champion. Judges will evaluate plates based on taste, visual presentation, technical achievement, texture, and beverage pairing.