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Students cook to win You’re the Chef top title

Inaugural You’re the Chef Cook-off competition spotlights fresh local ingredients and creative kids

Newmarket – Sushi, vegetable curry or pasta salad – which one took the carrot? On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, three elementary school finalist teams showed off their original recipes and culinary skills in The Regional Municipality of York’s first You’re the Chef Cook-off at Oak Ridges Community Centre in the Town of Richmond Hill.

“Learning to cook at a young age helps children grow into healthy, independent adults,” said Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region’s Medical Officer of Health. “You’re the Chef encourages children to be creative in the kitchen, experiment with locally-grown vegetables and fruits and build their self-esteem and confidence.”

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York Region is pleased to announce students from Mazo de la Roche, Town of Newmarket, and their sushi dish have won quality kitchen equipment for their school and a group cooking lesson from local wellness chef and cook-off judge Andrew Muto. Other judges included a registered dietitian, a local farmer, a chef and a Grade 12 student from Richmond Hill High School.

Runners-up included students from Christ the King Catholic Elementary School in the Town of Richmond Hill, and Glen Cedar Public School in the Town of Newmarket.

Quick facts

  • You’re the Chef Cook-off is one of several food learning programs in York Region that promotes the importance of cooking simple, healthy and fresh meals made from local ingredients
  • In April 2017, elementary students in Grades five to eight submitted recipes and photos of vegetarian entrees using local fruits and vegetables for a chance to compete in the cook-off
  • This initiative is a collaboration between York Region and York Region Food Network, a regional hub offering educational programs to make sure people of all ages have access to healthy food
  • Since 2006, York Region Public Health has implemented You’re the Chef train-the-trainer cooking workshops in over 120 elementary schools, helping children learn basic cooking and safe food handling skills, as well as how to make healthy eating choices
  • York Region’s Good Food program provides resources and tips to help families plan better, shop smarter and store food longer, helping them save time and money while wasting less food

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to almost 1.2 million residents, 50,000 businesses and 595,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


Media Contact:
Ben Sangster, Community and Health Services
The Regional Municipality of York
Tel: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 72131
Tel: 905-806-1216

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