BCPMA Healthy Chef Competition / by jennica hookstra

Each year, I am fortunate enough to take part in the BCPMA's 5-10 a day, Healthy Chef competition.   Hosted at the Hyatt Regency hotel Vancouver, this fun competition is put on by the BC Produce Marketing Association (BCPMA), along with the BC Chefs' Association (BCAA).  The purpose of this annual competition is to help raise money to fund scholarships for the BC Chefs' Association and push organizations to cook delicious and healthier foods. 
 My company has sponsored this event for the past decade along with many others including the BC Lions.  The Grey Cup even decided to make an appearance!
I was lucky enough to sample a taste from 4 different entrees.  However, my favorite (the River Rock Casino's, Indian buffet) was not the winner.
This year, the winners were...

Best Entree: Vancouver Community College
Best Booth: River Rock Casino
Healthiest Plate: Executive Inn Coquitlam
Best Dessert: Hyatt Regency
People’s Choice: Vancouver Community College

Best Entree:  Vancouver Community College
Steelhead and halibut press, scallop ahi tuna bar, poached daikon taro har gow, sweet carrot puree, hot and sour emulsion, green curry sauce

Best Dessert: Hyatt Regency
Dulce de leche, poached pear, pineapple star anise panna cotta, goose berry mint pate

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the evening...

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      this was my favorite... indian cuisine - fave.

     not sure what this idea had to do with food, but it sure won the judges over...

       and the winner is...