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Culinary Institute of Canada alumna to represent Atlantic Canada on international exchange

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It seems appropriate that with the Olympics just around the corner, this week’s story would be about an Olympian – in this case, Jennifer Bryant, a member of the gold and silver medal winning Culinary Youth Team Canada delegation that went to the Culinary Olympics held in Erfurt, Germany in 2008.

For two consecutive years, The Culinary Institute of Canada was selected to put together the team that would represent Canada at the Culinary Olympics after its students excelled in national competitions. Prior to the 2004 Olympics, teams were selected from various provinces without a competition, and P.E.I. was never invited to put the national junior team together. It was in the inaugural year of a competition selection process that the rest of the country would see just how well our students could perform.  And Jennifer, 22, is no exception.

Jennifer graduated from the Culinary Arts program at the CIC. In addition to participating in the 2008 Culinary Olympics, she was part of the youth team that competed in Scot Hot, an international competition in Scotland the previous winter and won Grand Gold – Best in the World.

Following the 2008 Olympics, Jennifer returned to The Culinary Institute of Canada to complete the second year of the Applied Degree in Culinary Operations. She graduated from the two-year program in 2009.

Jennifer’s latest adventure will take her to South Africa in 2011 representing Atlantic Canada as a junior chef in the Canadian Culinary Federation’s World Junior Culinary Exchange.

The World Junior Culinary Exchange with South Africa has two components. In late May, the Canadian delegation will host the South African Junior Chefs and their mentors at the national conference in Windsor, Ontario. Then, in 2011, the Canadian delegation will travel to South Africa to take part in the World Cooks Tour for Hunger from August 20th to 27th.

Jennifer, who now works as a research and development technician in Canada’s Smartest Kitchen, the research arm of The Culinary Institute of Canada, was chosen to represent the Atlantic Region after submitting a 500-word essay detailing why she should represent the region and what she felt she could contribute to the group, along with three letters of reference.

She’s excited about this opportunity.

“I think it’s going to be an amazing experience,” she said. “A friend of mine went on a similar exchange to Norway, and he suggested that I should apply.  My experience at the Culinary Olympics really opened my eyes as to what’s out there and the door to many more culinary experiences.”

She’s also excited about the fact that the exchange includes the World Cooks Tour for Hunger, an event which will bring chefs from all over the world to South Africa to raise money to feed the poor and underprivileged.

Chef Allan William, President of the PEI Chefs Association and a research chef in Canada’s Smartest Kitchen, said Jennifer’s selection to represent Atlantic Canada is a natural progression, given her approach to her profession.

“As the president of the PEI Chefs Association, I am very proud of Jennifer in all of her accomplishments.  She is simply one of those juniors who has risen to the occasion many times over.  Through branch events, competitions, fund raising dinners and many other culinary related activities, Jennifer has always been there with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn new things.  I wish her the best of luck in this endeavour,” he said.

I’ll keep you posted on how Jennifer’s adventure unfolds.

Written by Sara Underwood

February 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Posted in Alumni, Staff

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  1. Jen,
    We are so very proud of you and all you have accomplished.
    You go girl, wish I could go with you.
    Amazing opportunity.

    Good Luck,
    Susan Hachey

    Susan Hachey

    February 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm

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