Edmonton — Members of Shaw Conference Centre’s kitchen have captured a prestigious national culinary competition for two consecutive years. Apprentice cook Myles Fedun won over competitors from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia in the Canadian Culinary Federation’s recent culinary chef challenge.
Occurring alongside the federation’s annual conference, which was held in Edmonton this year, the chef challenge features cooks and chefs who qualified to compete after winning regional competitions.
“Winning this is a humbling achievement, and would not have been possible without the support and mentorship of many people,” says 22-year-old Fedun. His interest in the culinary arts was spurred by participating in the Canadian Culinary Federation’s annual high school challenge while he was attending Fort Saskatchewan High. “I applied for a scholarship and it took off from there.”
Fedun’s victory comes on the heels of a Shaw Conference Centre colleague’s success last year. Sous Chef Serge Belair took first prize in the same competition in Halifax, and will represent Canada in August at the World Association of Chefs Societies’ global chef challenge in Las Vegas.
The winning menu by Fedun featured:
- Buffalo mozzarella panna cotta, Caprese salad, balsamic gel, chipotle tabasco tomato sauce, basil powder, pine nut brittle and basil oil.
- Salmon mi-cuit, sun choke puree, green pea veloute, radishes, fennel, dilled peas, sunchoke chips and citrus sabayon.
- Ash-crusted sous-vide tri-tip of beef, farro bar, smoky creamed parsnips, baby carrots, Brussels sprouts, pickled pearl onions and sauce Marchand de Vin.
- Terrine of dark chocolate marquise, hazelnut crunch, hazelnut blondie, mango parfait, raspberry clafoutis, chocolate crumble, mango beurre blanc and raspberry coulis.
No stranger to competition, Fedun was a member of Alberta’s team at last fall’s World Culinary Olympics in Germany. Fedun is a Red Seal cooking graduate of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s culinary program.
“Greater Edmonton is filled with a tremendous amount of creative talent. What differentiates Shaw Conference Centre from other facilities is our culinary team’s reputation for excellence and creativity,” says Executive Chef Simon Smotkowicz. “Our guests leave with a memorable experience at every level — dining, client service and views of the river valley.”