TSC Road to the Royal Chef Challenge


The Royal was back on the road for the second time this summer and fall with The TSC Stores Road to The Royal Chef Challenge, supported by Egg Farmers of Ontario, rekindling their historic connection with regional fairs across Ontario.  Six fairs from across Ontario  served as venues to qualify a local restaurant chef to participate in one of two semi-final rounds to be held at The Royal on November 7th & 8th. The winning chef from each round will move onto the Grand Finale on Saturday, November 15th, in which they will face off against each other and the winning chef from the Toronto Chef Challenge.    

Joining The Royal on the road is chef Ted Reader, the "Godfather of the Grill". Chef Ted claims his quest in life to be to create "real food for real people" and  has a passion for helping novice chefs. Together, we traveled to Peterborough, Barrie, Paris, Collingwood, Markham and Simcoe to find talented chefs who love cooking with local food. In a condensed version of the original event, the Chefs created 2 dishes in two 30 minute rounds using a “secret ingredient”—locally grown or produced food products from the local region for the entree and eggs for the Egg Farmers of Ontario for the dessert. Be sure to come out and cheer your local champions on in the 2014 Road to The Royal Semi-Finals, November 7th and 8th on the Food and Lifestlye Stage. 


Semi-Final Participants: Friday, November 7th featuring winners from The Peterborough Exhbition, Barrie Fair & Paris Fair 


Semi-Final Participants: Saturday, November 8th featuring winners from The Great Northern Exhibition, Markham Fair & Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show. 

Honourable mentions go out to the other participating chefs:

Chef Eric Kelso - Gerti's in Peterborough

Chef Eelkje Visser - Pane Vino in Lindsay

Chef Trevor Edgerton - Berc's Steakhouse in Peterborough


Chef Karen Latanville - Davidson's Country Dining in Innisfil

Chef Adam Palubiski - Beat The Wheat Pasta Shoppe & Restaurant


Chef John Baltazar - Homage Restaurant, Cambridge

Chef Terry Salmond - The Walper Hotel, Kitchener


Chef Terry Clough-  Paper Chef Consulting, Collingwood
 Chef Andy Lee - Bacchus House, Collingwood


Chef Deana Folco - Folco's Ristorante, Markham

Chef Bryan Simmons - Grey Blue Heron Casino, Port Perry


Chef Heather Pond- The Blue Elephant, Simcoe

Chef Ryan Rivard - The Combine


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The Royal Chef Challenge continues to be partially funded by the Government of Ontario.  The views expressed in this publication are the views of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and do not necessarily reflect those of the Province.