Culinary Master Class: Great Food for a Great Cause

Culinary Master Class
Culinary Master Class: Great Food for a Great Cause
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The Epilepsy South Central Region came up with a very innovative fundraiser this year – Culinary Master Class. They held a day of celebrity cooking for their high level fundraisers.

Claudio Aprile

Chef Claudio Aprile demonstration.

If you were able to raise $1,000 or more, you were invited to spend the day with five highly accomplished chefs. Participants rotated through each chef’s station to learn how to make a special dish and then eat the results.

Culinary Master Class Chefs

  1. Michael Smith taught us how to shuck and serve raw oysters.
  2. Mary Berg showed us her special confetti birthday cake.
  3. Massimo Capra created a delicious risotto with squash and apples that was served with boneless quail.
  4. Claudio Aprile demonstrated a fresh and aromatic trout ceviche.
  5. Alvin Leung, a Michelin 3-star chef brought us seared fois gras on top of butter poached halibut.

Mary Berg with assistances from Liaison College Oakville

Each chef made their dish from scratch and took questions along the way. They were assisted by students and recent graduates from Liaison College.

If you are a foodie or just like watching Food Network, it was pretty dazzling to be shoulder to shoulder with some of their biggest stars.

Fundraisers who raised more money, were invited to stay for cocktails and dinner. They were assigned to one of the chefs’ teams. The dining room at the Oakville Conference Centre had a stadium kitchen set up and one end. The chefs competed in an Iron Chef style cook-off during dinner. Each team had to figure out what to make with the mystery ingredient.

SMEG was the appliance sponsor for the day. There were gorgeous appliances on display that had been painted by Dolce and Gabana. They also used SMEG kettles for the centerpieces which was very clever.

Massimo Capra

Chef Massimo Capra

The staff at the Oakville Conference Centre did a great job putting out very good food for breakfast and lunch.  It’s not every day they have to cook for a 3-star chef.

The goal for the day was to raise $100,000 between the fund raisers contributions, the silent auction and the live auction.

The day was exceptionally well produced and managed.  John O’Hurley of Seinfeld fame, was the Master of Ceremonies. He kept everything moving along with humor and grace.

This was the first ever event like this for Epilepsy South Central Ontario.  If you like food and you have enough friends to raise money, keep your eye on their website for next year.

It’s a great cause and a great reward for making a contribution.

Culinary Master Class Chefs

Culinary Master Class included from (L to R) John O’Hurley (Master of Ceremonies) , Chef Claudio Aprile, Chef Michael Smith, Chef Mary Berg, Chef Massimo Capra, and Chef Alvin Leung.
Photo Credit: Laura Machan


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