Following remarkable performances by 10 of Canada’s rising young chefs, chef Sean MacDonald (Executive Chef, Market Restaurant, Calgary) has been named as the winner for his signature dish: “Duck and Carrot”.
The unanimous decision from both the judges and the public attending the event has earnt the young chef the opportunity to compete for the title of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 in Milan on 13 October, 2016.
Chef MacDonald was among the 10 semi-finalists chosen to compete before a local jury of renowned chefs –Normand Laprise, Connie and Rob at the Art Gallery of Toronto on 6 June.
The winning dish
MacDonald’s simply named signature dish included; pan-roasted duck breast, brined in fennel juice and served with caramelised carrot, pickled fennel, roasted date jam and star anise jus, drawing on simple flavours that reminded him of his childhood.
Chef Normand Laprise will mentor MacDonald, helping him to perfect his dish in the coming months before the Grand Final: “It’s amazing to see how a chef’s personality shines through their dish. As a mentor, I’ll work with Chef MacDonald to channel his raw talent and creativity, ultimately refining his technique and organisation.”