The Saskatchewan Oat Development Commission (SODC) is pleased to be an affiliate member of Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan - an organization of producer groups which serves to cultivate awareness and appreciation of agriculture. Top Chef Saskatchewan was one of the organization's inaugural programs, and this year Chef Dana Chadorf, Junior Sous Chef at The Saskatoon Club was crowned 'Top Chef Saskatchewan' in the final match-up of the week-long Farm & Food Care Chef's Series at A Taste of Saskatchewan.
Chef Dana Chadorf beat out Chef Darren Craddock, Executive Chef at Riverside Country Club after a gruelling 60 minutes to create and serve both an appetizer and entree from a collection of 'black box ingredients. A panel of judges adjudicated the final dishes based on taste, use of ingredients, plating design and originality.
The two chefs were presented with the ingredients, then given 5 minutes to come up with their menu before starting preparations. Chef Dana's winning menu consisted of Grilled Flank Steak with an Emulsified Milk & Garlic Dressing and Roasted Vegetable Salad, followed by Saskatchewan Steelhead Trout with Leek, Lentil & Bacon Ragu and Citrus Dressing.
"Hearing the fun farm facts announced throughout the competitions was a fantastic addition as it made everyone aware of the great job by Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers," Chadorf said. "As chefs, we had a lot of creative leeway working with Saskatchewan-grown ingredients because our province grows so much fantastic food here."
Yesterday's championship was the culmination of head-to-head chef competitions that have taken place all week as part of the very first Chef's Series presented by SaskTel Centre and Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan.
"The response to the Chef's Series was fantastic, especially for our first year," said John Howden, Director of Business Development for SaskTel Centre, which promotes and organizes A Taste of Saskatchewan each year. "People obviously love to see good food prepared well-and a bit of competition doesn't hurt either."
"It has been fabulous," said Adele Buettner, CEO of Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK), a group that represents thousands of crop and livestock farmers and agriculture businesses in the province and works closely with chefs and others who are passionate about Saskatchewan food.
"The foods our producers grow with care in Saskatchewan are enjoyed here and all over the world," Buettner said. "We wanted to celebrate the foods we produce here and showcase the amazing talents of our local chefs. What a fun week! It was wonderful to engage the non-farming community to have a better understanding of what we produce here in Saskatchewan and the many creative ways to enjoy our products."