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Ultimate Food Challenge: Meet the Hosts!

What would an event be without a host to keep things running smoothly? The Ultimate Food Challenge is lucky enough to be hosted by two well-known Toronto radio hosts.

Since 2001, Maureen Holloway has co-hosted Q107’s morning show, Derringer in the Morning with Maureen Holloway.

Maureen Holloway

Maureen Holloway

In 2006, Maureen received the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Gold Ribbon Award for Humour. You may have also heard her gossiping about celebrities in her nationally-broadcast segment, The Last Word.

Fred Kennedy has hosted 102.1 the Edge’s afternoon drive show, The Fearless Fred Show, since 2009. He also hosts Fred at Night every Thursday on TELETOON at Night and writes comic books in his spare time. No stranger to awards either, Fred received the 2009 Steve Young Award at Canadian Music Week for his commitment to advising and mentoring young future broadcasters.

No stranger to Daily Bread, Maureen and Fred have broadcast live with their shows from Daily Bread’s warehouse as part of Corus Feeds Kids, an annual campaign benefiting Daily Bread Food Bank and others across the country.

Fred Kennedy

Fred Kennedy

Tickets are still available online through www.ultimatefoodchallenge.com, until 4 p.m. on May 6. Tickets will be available at the door. A chef competition, proceeds from the Ultimate Food Challenge benefit Daily Bread Food Bank’s Food Services Training Program. Three chefs will face off in front of judges including Michael Bonacini, Massimo Capra and Emily Richards. Guests can also vote for their fan favourite after tasting the chef’s competition dishes.


Date Added: May 6, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Ultimate Food Challenge — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Anderson @ 8:31 am



Ultimate Food Challenge: Meet the Judges

What do Massimo Capra, Michael Bonacini and Emily Richards have in common? All three will be the expert judges at Daily Bread’s chef competition event, the Ultimate Food Challenge.

Michael Bonacini, a celebrity chef and co-founder of Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants, has recently been judging home cooks on Masterchef Canada. He was also the host of Food Network Canada’s Cook Like a Chef, and has been a recurring guest chef on City’s Cityline since 1998.

In 2010, Michael released the cookbook 3 Chefs: The Kitchen Men with fellow Ultimate Food Challenge judge and Cityline expert, Massimo Capra. Massimo is chef and co-owner of two of Toronto’s most well-known restaurants, Mistura and Sopra Upper Lounge. On May 7, Massimo will be helping to judge the culinary creations of local Toronto chefs Donna Dooher, Saverio Macri and Daniel Mezzolo.

Rounding out our three expert judges is cookbook author and home economist, Emily Richards. Emily has extensive knowledge of the food industry and has a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics, specializing in food and nutrition. An avid cook, she is currently creating delicious new recipes for an Italian cookbook.

Tickets are on sale for the Ultimate Food Challenge on May 7! Tickets include drinks, signature dishes from the chefs and Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen, as well as a silent auction and espresso and dessert bar. Click here to buy your tickets online.

Join Chef Donna Dooher at Daily Bread’s Ultimate Food Challenge! Tickets are $150 and include drinks,  an espresso and dessert bar, appetizers from Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen as well as chef’s signature dishes and their competition dish. Buy tickets or find out more! – See more at: http://www.dailybread.ca/ufc-chefs-donna-dooher-of-mildreds-temple-kitchen/#sthash.yZMxByKZ.dpuf
Join Chef Donna Dooher at Daily Bread’s Ultimate Food Challenge! Tickets are $150 and include drinks,  an espresso and dessert bar, appetizers from Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen as well as chef’s signature dishes and their competition dish. Buy tickets or find out more! – See more at: http://www.dailybread.ca/ufc-chefs-donna-dooher-of-mildreds-temple-kitchen/#sthash.yZMxByKZ.dpuf
Join Chef Donna Dooher at Daily Bread’s Ultimate Food Challenge! Tickets are $150 and include drinks,  an espresso and dessert bar, appetizers from Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen as well as chef’s signature dishes and their competition dish. Buy tickets or find out more! – See more at: http://www.dailybread.ca/ufc-chefs-donna-dooher-of-mildreds-temple-kitchen/#sthash.yZMxByKZ.dpuf
Judge Emily Richards

Emily Richards

Judge Michael Bonacini

Michael Bonacini

Chef Massimo Capra

Massimo Capra


Date Added: May 2, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Ultimate Food Challenge — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Anderson @ 3:20 pm



UFC: Gusto 101’s Chef Daniel Mezzolo

Last, but certainly not least…Chef Daniel Mezzolo of Gusto 101 will be bringing his expertise in the kitchen to the Ultimate Food Challenge, trading freshly-picked tomatoes for canned ones.

Chef Daniel Mezzolo

Chef Daniel Mezzolo

Born in Italy, he spent his childhood in the kitchen. His specialty dish is risotto. “To serve the perfect risotto is not easy, but to serve a customer the perfect risotto makes me so happy,” says Chef Daniel.

‘It’s the simple things in the kitchen. A beautiful tomato, a nice buffalo mozzarella and you have two beautiful elements. Add the salt and pepper and a bit of olive oil, the plate is done. You don’t have to cover the flavour.”

On May 7, Chef Daniel will be creating a delicious dish out of common items you would find in a food bank hamper: things such as rice, canned meat/fish, canned vegetables or tomato sauce. All three chefs will also be preparing and serving a signature dish before the competition begins. Chef Daniel’s signature dish will be Arancini di Riso (Rice Balls with Wild Mushrooms).

Daily Bread’s Ultimate Food Challenge will help raise much-needed funds for the Food Services Training Program, a paid training program that helps prepare people experiencing barriers to employment with a future in the kitchen. This program also helps to prepare some of the thousands of meals that go out to hostels and shelters across Toronto.

“You have healthy food and you have a healthy life at the same time. These two [things] are married together.”

The Ultimate Food Challenge is on May 7 at Corus Quay. Tickets are $150 and now on sale at www.ultimatefoodchallenge.com. Enjoy a chef competition, drinks, silent auction, espresso and dessert bar, as well as signature dishes from each chef and Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen. Guests will also have a chance to try each competition dish and vote on their favourite.

Tickets to the Ultimate Food Challenge are on sale now! Find out more about the event on May 7 or buy tickets online at www.ultimatefoodchallenge.com. – See more at: http://www.dailybread.ca/news/#sthash.1kKhJIR9.dpufTickets
Tickets to the Ultimate Food Challenge are on sale now! Find out more about the event on May 7 or buy tickets online at www.ultimatefoodchallenge.com. – See more at: http://www.dailybread.ca/news/#sthash.1kKhJIR9.dpuf

Date Added: April 30, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Ultimate Food Challenge — Tags: , , — Anderson @ 10:05 am



UFC Chefs: Cibo Wine Bar’s Chef Saverio Macri

One of our competing chefs at this year’s Ultimate Food Challenge, Saverio Macri is the Executive Chef of Cibo Wine Bar. As a native Italian, he has trained in a number of trattorias in Tuscany, Italy and has a passion for Italian food.

Cibo Wine Bar's Executive Chef Saverio Macri

Cibo Wine Bar’s Executive Chef Saverio Macri

“Dinnertime was always a big time for my family, so food was always a positive influence on my life. My desire and passion for cooking is what drove me to become a chef,” said Chef Saverio.

On May 7, Chef Saverio will compete against two other chefs to create the best dish out of food hamper box items that you would commonly find in a food bank. Judges, including Masterchef Canada judge Michael Bonacini, will choose the ultimate winner, but guests will also have a chance to taste the competition dish and choose a fan favourite winner as well. Chef Saverio Macri wishes his rivals, Chef Donna Dooher (Mildred’s Temple Kitchen) and Chef Daniel Mezzolo (Gusto 101) good luck. Kind of. “I know it’s a fun event, but I want to win,” he said.

Proceeds from the Ultimate Food Challenge will help support Daily Bread’s Food Services Training Program as well as meals for low-income children and families.

“We’re fortunate enough to have food…as much food as we want, so donating a can of chickpeas or a pack of pasta won’t make a difference in our lives,” said Chef Saverio. “But it makes a difference in somebody else’s life who needs the food.”
Tickets to the Ultimate Food Challenge are on sale now! Find out more about the event on May 7 or buy tickets online at www.ultimatefoodchallenge.com.


Date Added: April 24, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Ultimate Food Challenge — Tags: , , , — Anderson @ 10:34 am



UFC Chefs: Donna Dooher of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

Chef Donna Dooher is looking forward to competing at Daily Bread’s Ultimate Food Challenge. An accomplished chef, author and owner of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, Donna has a passion for bringing people to the table. Her favourite part about being a chef? Seeing the delight of people enjoying the dishes she prepares. Having known someone who has needed a food bank, being a part of this event means even more to her since proceeds will go to food programs for low income children and families. Donna Screen shot

“As a cook, I see so much food coming back on guests plate,” says Chef Donna. “And I often think of those who have none. It saddens me to think that in a city like Toronto, in a country such as Canada, we have children who wake up hungry and go to school hungry.”

On May 7, she will be competing against Cibo Wine Bar’s Saverio Macri and Gusto 101’s Daniel Mezzolo to win the Ultimate Food Challenge crown. Using common food bank hamper ingredients, the chefs will have half an hour to create a tempting, delicious appetizer for judges Michael Bonacini, Massimo Capra and Emily Richards to taste. Guests will also have a chance to try the chef’s competition dish and vote for their favourite as well.

Join Chef Donna Dooher at Daily Bread’s Ultimate Food Challenge! Tickets are $150 and include drinks,  an espresso and dessert bar, appetizers from Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen as well as chef’s signature dishes and their competition dish. Buy tickets or find out more!


Date Added: April 15, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Ultimate Food Challenge — Tags: , , , — Anderson @ 12:00 pm



Ultimate Food Challenge returns May 7

Daily Bread’s chef competition and fundraiser, the Ultimate Food Challenge is back!

Ultimate Food judge Michael Bonacini

Ultimate Food judge Michael Bonacini

On May 7, three chefs will test their skills in an attempt to create the best dish using ingredients found in a food bank hamper box. Chefs Donna Dooher (Mildred’s Temple Kitchen), Saverio Macri (Cibo Wine Bar) and Daniel Mezzolo (Gusto 101) will face off in the ring while judges Michael Bonacini, Massimo Capra and Emily Richards decide the ultimate winner.

Guests will have a chance to vote for their favourite challenge dish as well, and sample gourmet hors d’oeuvres from Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen and chef’s signature dishes from their restaurants. An espresso and dessert bar will round off the evening, along with a silent auction, drinks and an outdoor patio.

A culinary competition on the Toronto waterfront, proceeds from the Ultimate Food Challenge will support Daily Bread’s Food Services Training Program and meal programs for low-income children and families.

Tickets are $150 and on sale now! For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.ultimatefoodchallenge.com.

Chef Daniel Mezzolo

Chef Daniel Mezzolo

Chefs 

Donna Dooher (Executive Chef and Owner of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen)
Saverio Macri (Executive Chef, Cibo Wine Bar)
Daniel Mezzolo (Executive Chef, Gusto 101)

Judges     

Michael Bonacini (Chef and Partner of restaurant company Oliver and Bonacini)
Massimo Capra (Chef and Co-owner of Mistura and Sopra Upper Lounge)
Emily Richards (Home Economist, Chef and Author)

Judge Emily Richards

Judge Emily Richards

Co-Hosts

Maureen Holloway (Co-host of Q107’s Derringer in the Morning with Maureen Holloway)
Fred Kennedy (Host of 102.1 the Edge’s Fearless Fred afternoon drive show)


Date Added: April 9, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Events, News, Ultimate Food Challenge — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Anderson @ 6:00 am



Daily Bread’s Ultimate Food Challenge raises $90,000 for kitchen programs

Daily Bread’s second annual chef competition and foodie fundraiser served up delicious food and great entertainment for 250 people down at Corus Quay Wednesday night. The event raised $90,000 to help support Daily Bread’s kitchen programs. These programs provide 170,000 nutritious meals annually to shelters, schools and other meal programs serving low-income children and adults at more than 100 community agencies in neighbourhoods across Toronto.

Three chefs including Jason Parsons (Executive Chef, Peller Estates Winery Restaurant), Alexandra Feswick (Executive Chef, The Samuel J. Moore at The Great Hall) and Devan Rajkumar (Executive Chef, Bosch & Branding Chef, Food Dudes) sliced, diced and cooked their way through the evening. They showed off their talent at their signature dish stations at the beginning of the evening, before getting to the main event – a timed competition in front of the crowd. Each chef had 30 minutes to complete a dish that was judged on taste, presentation, creativity and use of ingredients commonly found in a food hamper box.

The winner, as chosen by judges Arlene Dickinson (CBC’s Dragons’ Den and The Big Decision), Melissa Grelo (Co-Host, CP24 Breakfast), Erin Davis (Co-Host, CHFI’s Morning Show), Leslie Roberts (Anchor, News Hour and News Hour Final at Global Toronto) and Suman Roy (Executive Chef, Campbell Company of Canada), was Alexandra Feswick, who made a Western Falafel using chick peas, spiced yoghurt and lentils. Devan Rajkumar won Fan Favourite with a Vegetarian Slider (pita bread, cheese, canned pineapple) and Jason Parsons made a delicious dish of Ham, Cheese and Potato Croquettes (which included canned ham). Many thanks to hosts Humble Howard (The Humble and Fred Radio Show), Josie Dye (Host, 102.1 The Edge and Cosmo TV) and Preet Banerjee (Oprah Winfrey Network Canada’s Million Dollar Neighbourhood)!

Sponsored by Campbell’s, Nutella, Canadian Pacific and hosted at the beautiful Corus Quay thanks to support from Corus Entertainment, guests enjoyed signature dishes from the chefs, appetizers from Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen, as well as dessert from Dufflet’s, wine from Peller Estates, beer from Beau’s and coffee from Balzac’s. Dozens of companies including Porter Airlines and Loblaws also supported the event with donations for prizes and the silent auction.

You can check out more pictures of the event on Facebook by clicking here.


Date Added: May 10, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, Fundraising Events, News, Ultimate Food Challenge — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , — Anderson @ 2:46 pm



Calling all taste-leaders, food-lovers and do-gooders

Daily Bread announces 2nd annual Ultimate Food Challenge on May 8

TORONTO – What happens when you get three celebrity chefs competing in front of judges including Arlene Dickinson (star of CBC’s Dragons’ Den and The Big Decision) and Leslie Roberts (anchor, News Hour and News Hour Final at Global Toronto)? An evening of the finest foodie fight in Toronto, as heavy hitters including chefs Alexandra Feswick (Samuel J. Moore and the Great Hall), Jason Parsons (Peller Estates Winery Restaurant) and Eron Novalski (Aria Restaurant) battle it out at Daily Bread’s 2nd annual Ultimate Food Challenge.

A fundraising event with flair, chefs will create epicurean delights using items from a typical Daily Bread hamper box. They’ll also provide their own showcase smalls, which guests will enjoy along with gourmet hors d’oeuvres prepared and served by Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen, and a cocktail reception.  Round out the evening with an espresso and dessert bar, silent auction and entertainment.

Last year’s inaugural Ultimate Food Challenge raised over $100,000 to help support Daily Bread’s Food Services Training Program, which provided 170,000 nutritious meals last year to shelters, schools and other meal programs serving low-income children and adults at more than 100 community agencies in neighbourhoods across Toronto.

What: Daily Bread’s 2nd annual Ultimate Food Challenge
When: Wednesday, May 8 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Drive, Toronto
Tickets: Tickets are $150 and are on sale now at www.dailybread.ca/ufc.
Who: A cast of celebrity talent – check out our website as we release more names.

Sponsored by Campbell’s and Nutella.

Daily Bread Food Bank

Proceeds from the 2013 Ultimate Food Challenge will support Daily Bread’s Kitchen Program which includes the Food Services Training Program for individuals facing barriers to employment. With five full-time professional staff onsite each day to teach and guide the trainees, this one-of-a-kind comprehensive program has successfully fostered job readiness and confidence in our trainees, both professionally and personally. To find out more about how Daily Bread’s 2nd annual Ultimate Food Challenge, check out our website at www.dailybread.ca/ufc.


Date Added: April 2, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, News, Ultimate Food Challenge — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Anderson @ 3:00 pm