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March 13, 2018 

For the past 11 years, high school students around the GTA have been participating in an afterschool program that teaches them how to cook simple, healthy and affordable meals. Organized by Toronto Public Health, Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation, the Toronto Police and generous volunteers, this initiative has grown into a successful annual event.

Each year, Humber’s culinary instructors get involved by volunteering to give high school students culinary classes and host the official cook-off at the North Campus. This year, Shonah Chalmers was also a guest judge for the cook-off.

On Wednesday, May 2nd, five high schools joined us here at Humber College to showcase their best creations of international cuisine. Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School, George Harvey Collegiate Institute, Kipling Collegiate Institute, Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School and Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute all took part.

After an hour and a half of cooking and plating, the students presented their dishes to the panel of judges, which consisted of pro chefs, corporate food production experts and representatives from the police services. The entire E concourse was filled with the wonderful aroma of various international dishes. While all dishes were absolutely delicious, one school rose to the top: George Harvey Collegiate Institute.

Congratulations to the students from George Harvey for placing first in the cook-off and to all the participating students for producing such impressive plates. We hope to see you rise to the top of the culinary industry one day!

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