On Friday April 8th, Loblaw’s held a cooking competition to help kick off the start to their own Spring Drive in support of food banks across the country. Chef Tom Brodi (Executive Chef of TOCA) and Chef Bruce Woods (Head Chef at Brassaii Restaurant) competed against each other with only 30 minutes to cook a meal. While they had many ingredients to choose from, the twist was a secret box of ingredients that they needed to try and incorporate into their dishes to create a fabulous-tasting meal. Those secret ingredients included some items from our most needed food items list such as canned vegetables (corn), canned beans and rice.
The dishes were then judged by Jennifer Bain, a food editor with the Toronto Star; Lindsey Deluce, anchor with CP24; Inside Toronto’s Justin Skinner and Daily Bread’s executive director Gail Nyberg. After a tense few minutes of tasting, the judges filled out their scorecards and the scores for each chef were added up. It was a close race, but in the end Chef Tom Brodi won with salmon fish cakes and a corn-tomato dressing. Chef Woods created a potato rosti salmon pizza with parsley pesto.
People wishing to support Daily Bread Food Bank can donate to any number of stores including Loblaws, Loblaw Great Food, valu-mart, No Frills or Real Canadian Superstore in Toronto until April 28th. Most needed food items include canned fruits and vegetables, canned soups and hearty stews, dried pasta and tomato sauce, peanut butter, rice, canned fish as well as baby formula and baby food. You can also donate cash at the register – 70 per cent of that donation will go to Daily Bread Food Bank, while 30 per cent goes to the Ontario Association of Food Banks.