Canada Takes Silver in the European Chefs' Cup!

Aramark’s 4th annual European Chefs' Cup took place on April 2nd, 2019 at Jamie Oliver's headquarters in London, England. It is a culinary competition that brings our European chefs together to compete for the coveted European Chefs’ Cup; this competition showcases the very best of Aramark’s culinary talent, providing a platform for those chefs to demonstrate their culinary expertise while representing their country.

The seven competing countries were England, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic and Canada as this year’s invited guest country. 

Rolando Oreiro, our Business Dining Executive Chef represented Aramark Canada, preparing a menu comprised of a starter, main, and dessert using a mystery basket full of unique ingredients. The four Technical Judges from various countries along with six Tasting Judges were challenged with choosing the winners. We are thrilled to share with you that Aramark Canada's Rolando Oreiro shared the European Cup winners’ stage, bringing home a silver medal for his stellar performance in this Chefs' Cup competition.

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TORONTO--()--London, England will play host to Aramark’s European culinary competition on April 4th where the company’s chefs will battle it out to win the coveted European Chef's Cup. This year Aramark Canada has been invited to participate in the competition as a special guest.

Canada will be represented by Rolando Oreiro who has been with Aramark for 12 years and is currently Executive Chef at Bank of Nova Scotia in Toronto, Ontario.

 Photo: Rolando Oreiro

“It’s an honour to represent Canada and to make it to the final of the European Chef’s Cup,” said Oreiro. “This has been one of the most fulfilling and challenging experiences of my career to date.”

Following an intense round of culinary competitions throughout Europe and in Canada, seven chefs are competing for the title of Aramark European Chef of the Year. They include Fred de Rop from Belgium; Rolando Oreiro from guest country Canada; Vladimír Benda from the Czech Republic; Rainer Sarrazin from Germany; Oran Colhoun from Ireland; Javier Bernal from Spain and Diego Mayoral from the UK.

The competition will be hosted at Unilever Headquarters in London. Each of the seven participating chefs will have to create a three-course menu from a mystery basket of ingredients. All contestants have four hours to complete and present their dishes. They are required to demonstrate not only great skill, but also creativity, flair and passion.

“The European Chef’s Cup is a fantastic opportunity that allows the best of the best of our chefs to meet with their peers, share thoughts and ideas, learn from each other and experience various culinary cultures, ”said Andy Siklos, President of Aramark Canada. “The passion, talent and determination we have seen over the past few months among the competitors has been astounding and these seven finalists are set for great things in the coming years.”

The judging panel is comprised of some of the most experienced and respected professionals in the world of culinary arts. There will be four technical judges from various countries and an esteemed group of six tasting judges who include: Pierre Koffman, who is one of a handful of chefs in the United Kingdom to have been awarded the coveted three Michelin stars; Paul Gayler MBE and Ed Loftas from the Jamie Oliver Group.

Now in its fourth year, the competition epitomises the best of culinary talent found in Aramark and provides a platform for those chefs to be recognised. Last year the competition was held in Barcelona, Spain with Ireland’s David Joyce winning first place, followed by the UK’s Stefano Corrias.

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Chris Collom