Celebrity Chefs of Canada [Ottawa Food & Wine Event]

I’ve been incredibly lucky to be able to write about some of Ottawa’s best food and wine events in the past little while, but today I am certainly feeling my luckiest.

If you’re an Ottawa resident, or perhaps just Canadian, you are no doubt familiar with Chef Michael Blackie, executive chef of the NAC’s Le Café and brilliant mind behind Ottawa’s Celebrity Chef’s of Canada event. This March 25th marks the 2nd year of the event and it’s looking to be even bigger and better than the last. Which, of course, is no surprise if you’ve ever been lucky enough to attend an event by Chef Blackie. He’s one of a very select few Chefs doing anything in his power to put Canada, and as a result, Ottawa, on the map as a culinary destination. Where many only talk the talk, Chef Blackie isn’t afraid to put his words into action - and for that we’re quite thankful.

CCOC pairs some of Ottawa’s most accomplished chefs with Canada’s culinary superstars to come together, create and live-demo a dish that represents both chef’s culinary philosophies.The event brings chefs and food-enthusiasts together for a day of educational demos, food and wine tasting, and an exclusive after-party where guests are able to mingle with the chefs while indulging in a scrumptious late-night dessert table complete with champagne and live DJ.

photo courtesy of NAC

Now to get to the part that I’m feeling overjoyed about - not that the event alone isn’t enough to set me off - but there’s more! Of course there’s more! A team of 10 bloggers has been asked to take part in the event by covering two paired chefs, one local and one visiting, and telling you all a little more about them and the event itself. I’m sure you can only imagine how elated I was to hear that I was paired with Chef Jason Duffy, Executive Chef at Arc Lounge and Chef Jason Bangerter, executive chef of O&B’s Canteen and Luma - both located in the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. These chef’s have inspiring careers rich in culinary education, travel and experience which has me incredibly anxious and appreciative to have the opportunity to chat with them both.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing some short interviews and telling you a little more about each chef’s career, their thoughts about CCOC, some little personal tidbits about them both, and of course, most importantly, the dish they plan to collaborate on. Keep your eyes peeled for more, but in the meantime, take a look at the press release below and head on over to the CCOC event site and purchase your tickets before they’re all gone!  Details after the jump…

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