From left, culinary arts students Jacob Douglas and Clarisse Gibbons speak with John Catucci, the host of You Gotta Eat Here! on Food Network Canada about their winning entry in Ontario’s Best Veal Sandwich by a Culinary Arts Student competition at the RC Show 2019 in Toronto.
March 1, 2019 - Sarnia students take top prize with their version of the classic veal sandwich.
Lambton College’s Clarisse Gibbons and Jacob Douglas earned a cool $1,000.00 by placing first in the search for Ontario’s Best Veal Sandwich by a Culinary Arts Student competition, held at the RC Show 2019 in Toronto, Ontario. Sponsored by the Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO), the competition was the culmination of an education initiative by the organization that taught students about the value, versatility and variety of Ontario veal.
From October 2018 to January 2019, VFO toured culinary colleges across the province teaching the next generation of chefs about Ontario veal’s premium profile, menu versatility and profitability as well as the unique farming and flavour attributes of the grain-fed variety. Following those lectures, several schools held internal competitions to find out who made the best veal sandwich. The winners participated in the final competition at the RC Show alongside emcee John Catucci, the host of You Gotta Eat Here! on Food Network Canada. Participating schools included Toronto’s Humber and Centennial Colleges and Sarnia’s Lambton College.
Judges found the veal in Lambton’s entry tender and a perfect complement to its tomato sauce. After pan-frying their bun in garlic butter, they added an additional punch with toppings that included a slice of prosciutto and garlic aioli. Final results placed Centennial College in second, with students Luis Valencia and Stephanie Amos sharing $500 and Samantha Simms and Patrick Mullin of Humber College taking third place and a prize of $250.
“The creativity and personalization these students brought to each of their sandwiches was exceptional,” said Jennifer Haley, Executive Director of the VFO and a judge in the competition. “For the last few years the VFO has undertaken a search for Ontario’s Best Veal Sandwich among restaurants, and I am always surprised at how the flavours and preparations of each sandwich are as unique as their maker. These students showed us that when given a lean cut of our grain-fed veal, they were able to accentuate its subtle flavour to create recipes that could be on a menu today.”
After such a successful program, the VFO plans to extend its education program for Ontario culinary schools into the fall of 2019.