William Serre Wins Round Eleven
Chef William Serre, cook at Acadia restaurant in Toronto, won round eleven of the Discovered Culinary Competition. Chef Serre will join the winners of the first 10 rounds to compete in the semi-finals at the CRFA Show, March 4 – 6, 2012 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.
The Discovered Culinary Competition is a four-month search for the best of Canada’s up-and-coming culinary stars. The winning chef will get an all-expenses-paid trip to spend a week cooking at a Michelin-star restaurant in northern Spain.
In addition to Chef Serre, competitors included Andrew Wilson, chef de cuisine at Colbourne Lane in Toronto; Steven Khor, executive chef at Nova Services in Toronto; and David Cooke, chef de cuisine at Arowhon Pines Resort in Algonquin Park. The judging panel comprises three local chefs: Christine Cushing, television host and cookbook author; Rodney Bowers, chef/owner of Hey Meatball; and Giacomo Pasquini, executive chef at Vertical Restaurant, all of Toronto.
The mystery boxes included asparagus, buffalo mozzarella, lemon and pancetta for the appetizer round; Liber Terre chicken wings, roasted peanuts, mixed mini potatoes and Frank’s Red Hot Sweet Chili Sauce for the entrée round; and grapefruit, green tea, honey and rosemary for dessert.
“It was really fun,” said Chef Serre. “I haven’t competed since college. I thought my simple salad in the appetizer round was too simple, but I felt pretty confident after that.” Chef Serre’s appetizer salad featured a lemon vinaigrette with blanched asparagus. For the main, he made sweet chili chicken wings with toasted peanuts, blood orange segments and fried potatoes. His dessert included whipped goat cheese with grilled grapefruit and green tea rosemary syrup.