CCFCC Winter 2014 Magazine

The first issue was an overwhelming success and we are building on that success. 2013 has been a great year for the federation with a rising membership plus the addition of a new chapter, and the resurrection of some of our old chapters. 
The 50th anniversary year had many great events across the country: our first International Pasta Day and our International Chefs’ Day. 
We elected both a new CCFCC culinary team Canada and CCFCC junior culinary team Canada. Congratulations to Niagara College for winning the right to represent the federation for the next 4 years and to JC Felicella and his new culinary team Canada for their stellar performance in Basel, Switzerland: a gold medal in the cold kitchen and a silver medal in the hot kitchen. 
We also selected a new Bocuse d’Or competitor for 2015. Congratulations to Chef Laurent Godbout of Montreal for winning the right to represent the federation. 
The CCFCC had the pleasure of sending a team to Dubai in 2013 made up of past CCFCC Bocuse d’Or alumni and walked away with a silver medal. Thank you to Dr. Jane Ruddick and all the members of that team. 
2014 is shaping up to be a stellar year for the federation with a new revamped CCI. An updated CCC exam and curriculum are being introduced. 
The conference in Gatineau will be one not to miss. Details will begin in early January on the CCFCC website. I am looking forward to the night at a traditional sugar shack. 
We have entered a preliminary bid to host the 2018 WACS congress in Vancouver, the first step in a long lengthy process.
Congratulations to the CCFCC Oakville and CCFCC Toronto on co-hosting the first WACS-sanctioned culinary salon in Canada in some years in March at the CRFA show in Toronto. Both the junior and senior national chefs’ challenges are well underway in all the provinces across the country with the finals at our national convention in May. 
I would like to thank all our corporate partners for your support. Without you, our federation would not continue to be the growing success it is. 
Please remember this is your federation and without your continued support our federation would not be a success. So please get involved. This year is a federal election for many of the national board positions, so please put your hat in the ring for one of these. See you all in 2014. 
Living the dream, 
Donald Gyurkovits
President, CCFCC