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In case you haven’t been following the social media blitz, Team Humber won GOLD at the Culinary Olympics last week! This is a team of extremely talented chefs and we are so fortunate to have them share their craft as our faculty and alumni.

The Culinary Olympics is a huge international competition. Over 2000 chefs from more than 50 countries gather every four (4) years (yes, just like the sporting Olympics) in Erfurt, Germany to compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals.

Team Humber posing with gold medals

Team Humbers dish from culinary olympics

Team Humber at culinary olympics

The weeks, months, even years of practice, planning and preparation take an incredible amount of dedication and focus. This team’s commitment to excellence is outstanding and we are thrilled that they have now been internationally recognized.

If you have had the opportunity to taste the food prepared by this gold medal team at some of their fundraisers – surely you would agree it was some of the best food you have ever tasted!

culinary olympic dessert dish

culinary olympic plate of food

culinary olympic's appetizer

Please join us in congratulating our team:

Core Team Members

David Bakker-Team Captain (Faculty)

Dimuthu Perera-Pastry Chef (Faculty)

Joe Kumar (Faculty)

Kire Boseovski (Faculty)

Jonathon Brum – Alumni Cook Apprentice Program

Support Team Members

Vincent Capitano – Alumni Culinary Management Program 

Annalisa Lattavo – Alumni Culinary Management Program

Alysha Muir – Alumni Culinary Management Program 

Team Managers

James Bodanis (Faculty)

Rudi Fischbacher (Associate Dean)

Meet the Humber Culinary Olympics Team


culinary olympics

Meet the team, follow a practice, and hear about their experience so far.

david bakker

David Bakker, CCC

David was born and raised in Glencoe, Ontario. His first inspirations were to go into the field of business and engineering, but between first and second year at The University of Ottawa, David discovered his passion for food, focusing on changing his career objectives to Culinary Arts.

Chef James Bodanis

James Bodanis, CCC

James Bodanis is a full-time culinary professor in the School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism. He is the team manager and coach for Team Humber, who will be competing in the IKA Culinary Olympics in Germany in October 2016.


Kire Boseovski, CCC

Chef Kire is a certified Chef De Cuisine, who graduated from Culinary Management at Humber College in 2003 with honours. He also received the Gay Lea Award for Leadership. 

dimuthu perera

Dimuthu Perera

Dimuthu Perera is an award-winning pastry chef who has lived in Canada since 2004. He came to Canada with the hope that the opportunities that the country is known to provide would help him further his dream of becoming a world-renowned pastry chef.

alysha muir

Alysha Muir

Alysha Muir is a recent graduate of Humber's Culinary Management Diploma program. She graduated with honours. While attending Humber Alysha worked as a line cook at Riverside Grill.

jonathon brum

Jonathon Brum

At the age of 16, Jonathon was inspired by his high school hospitality teacher to begin his journey in the culinary industry.

Vincenzo Capitano

Vincenzo Capitano

Born in Mississauga, Ontario, Chef Vincenzo started cooking in a small family based business in Bolton, Ontario at the age of 14.

Annalisa Lattavo

Annalisa Lattavo

Annalisa Lattavo recently graduated from Humber College's Culinary Management program with honours.

Team Humber Prepares for Competition of a Lifetime: The Culinary Olympics

We are only four months away from the Culinary Olympics competition held in Erfurt, Germany this October and Team Humber is busy practicing.

Team members, consisting of faculty, alumni and students are participating in practice sessions on weekends to ensure that their skills and presentations are at the level of perfection that they need to be.




A fundraiser dinner was held on Thursday, April 28, 2016 in the Humber Room.

David Bakker

Members of Culinary Team Humber and Culinary Management students prepared meals, led by Team Captain, Chef David Bakker. There was a silent/live auction and fantastic prizes. Proceeds are going towards supporting Team Humber's participation in the Culinary Olympics in Germany!



The final fundraising dinner for the Humber Culinary Olympic Team was held on September 28, 2016.

Humber Chefs culinary team

With only a couple of short weeks to go, the team hosted its final fundraising event on September 28th in the Humber Room with a very fitting Oktoberfest theme. A German craft bier tasting was led by Richard Pitteway to start the evening, followed by a traditional Oktoberfest meal prepared by our culinary Olympic team chefs.


February 27 - 29
Toronto Culinary Salon

March 30
House of Compassion-Cirillo’s Culinary Academy-Fundraiser

April 23
Team practice

April 28
Humber College-Team Fundraiser

June 4
Team Practice-Humber College

July 18
Team Practice-Humber College

September 10
Team Practice-Humber College

October 6
Team Fundraising Dinner (Oktoberfest Theme)-The Humber Room

October 17th-26th
Erfurt, IKA Olympics


Students in Humber’s Culinary Management diploma program work alongside some of the country’s best chefs. This program features the “Emerging Trends” course, which is unique among Ontario colleges. Students receive unmatched face time with several leading chefs about what’s happening in today’s restaurant scene and food industry.