2011 “So You Think You Can Cook?”
















Over the years we have brainstormed thousands of ways to generate awareness of fiddleheads. In a food-loving culture that has recently shifted toward better health and health food awareness, we fit right in. What we have determined is there is no better way to get people enjoying the fiddleheads we love so much, than a culinary challenge, where the final result is mouth-watering recipes! In our third year (2010) our competition took a new direction. 

With over 100 entries from Ontario alone and newspapers picking up the story across the province, our culinary competition has gained quite the reputation. We have appeared on TV and radio talk shows, and have been written up in daily newspapers and monthly magazines throughout most of the major North American cities.

Chefs for this culinary cook off have been chosen and are invited to participate based on what we believe to be an upscale restaurant with a diverse menu. We therefore welcome the top chef and your restaurant to participate in this culinary contest. Get the local media talking about your talent and your restaurant, upon registration NorCliff Farms Inc. will begin to target your area’s media in order to generate the word on your behalf. For past winners we have secured spots in the media as far as newspapers and new channels go on a local and international basis.    


Winner of  “So You Think You Can Cook?” 2011   Chef Kyle Christofferson,

Representing: Luxe Bistro www.luxebistro.com (Ottawa)

Fiddlehead Frenzy

(featuring pearl barley risotto with fiddleheads, fiddlehead butter beurre blanc, spring vegetables including fiddleheads, ahi tuna tar tare incorporating fiddleheads, butter poached lobster and pickled fiddleheads to garnish)  


Runner ups of “So You Think You Can Cook?” include (in alphabetical order)   

Chef Eric Henry Andersen, Representing: Inn on the Twenty www.innonthetwenty.com/dining.html (Jordan, Niagara)

Fiddlehead Riding Hood

(featuring fiddlehead and upper Canada ricotta raviolo, fiddlehead Riesling puree and candied fiddlehead coins)  


Chef Brian Scott Pingle, Representing: Gossip Restaurant www.gossiprestaurant.com (Toronto)

Gossip Fiddlehead Maki

(featuring bison carpaccio & fiddlehead maki with crisp fiddleheads/wild garlic ramp mayo)


Honourable Mention:

Chef John J. Harcourt, Representing: Port Restaurant http://www.portrestaurant.ca/ (Pickering)

Fiddlehead Savoury Cheesecake   


Judges of “So You Think You Can Cook?” 2011 included:


James Chatto
James Chatto writes about food, drink and restaurants at www.jameschatto.com. He is also Senior Editor of LCBO’s Food & Drink magazine, National Culinary Advisor for the Gold Medal Plates Olympic fundraisers and the author of five books about food.  

Julie Daniluk Julie Daniluk hosts Healthy Gourmet, a reality cooking show that highlights the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition which has been chosen to be part of OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network). She enjoys creating a recipe a week for www.chatelaine.com and is a regular contributor to Vitality magazine. Daniluk’s soon to be published first book, Meals That Heal Inflammation (Random House), will help people enjoy allergy-free foods that taste great and assist the body in the healing process. Julie offers nutrition tips each week on her website www.juliedaniluk.com  

Enzo Di Mauro Enzo Di Mauro has had over 20 years of experience as a journalist and reporter for OMNI Television. Di Mauro has also worked for several years in radio broadcasting for CHIN radio is the co-publisher of Panorama Italian Canadian magazine.  

Chef John Higgins Chef John Higgins is an internationally acclaimed chef and has even had the honour of working at Buckingham Palace. He currently holds the position as Director of the George Brown Chef School. Higgins has been raising the bar on culinary excellence with aspiring chefs in training since he made the transition from kitchen to classroom in 2002.  

Sarah Hood  Sarah Hood has published hundreds of magazine articles in The National Post, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Living, Canadian Business, enRoute, Toronto Life and many more. This summer her book “We Sure Can! How Jams and Jellies are Reviving the Lure and Lore of Local Food” is being released by Arsenal Pulp Press in Vancouver.  

Marion Kane Marion Kane was food editor/columnist at the Toronto Star for 18 years. She is now a freelance food sleuth, writer and broadcaster. She is the author of three food-themed books and believes food journalism should be accessible, entertaining and educational. She became friends with Julia Child in 1991 and wrote her obituary in the Star in 2003. Kane continues to share her passion for food on her website: www.marionkane.com.  

Frank Kocis Frank Kocis is a long-time food writer for BlogTO, where he writes about his appetite for local food and the people who make it. BlogTO is a website that features the best of Toronto ‘s restaurants, events, activities, and more.  

Nicki Laborie  Nicki Laborie is the founder of www.ViewtheVibe.com which is Toronto’s 1st Video Restaurant Guide. Laborie has also had experience as a General Manager of one of Toronto’s most buzzing restaurants, Eden Trattoria.  

Joy McCarthy Owner of www.joyoushealth.ca Joy McCarthy is both a Certified and Registered Nutritionist as well as a corporate wellness speaker.  A freelance health writer, she writes a monthly column for Tonic Magazine on an Ontario Farmers Market. McCarthy believes that if you “Eat well and live well, you will be rewarded with wonderful health and be well.  

Peter Moscone Peter Moscone is the Executive Producer and co-owner of NGM Enterprise (www.ngmenterprise.com), which co-produced Chef*OFF on Food Network.  Moscone  is also the National Director of Production of Gold Medal Plates (www.goldmedalplates.com) and other food-related events and competitions.  

Chef Jason Parsons Chef Jason Parsons is the Executive Chef at Peller Estates Winery Restaurant in Niagara-on-the-lake. Jason is a member of 3 Chefs, he is occasionally featured as a guest expert on CityLine, and has recently contributed to writing the cookbook entitled “3 Chefs – The Kitchen Men.”  

Emily Richards Emily has authored or co-authored three cookbooks and continues to create recipes for notable Canadian magazines and companies such as: LCBO Food & Drink, Today’s Parent Magazine, Longo’s Experience Magazine, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Egg Farmers of Canada, Dairy Farmers of Canada and Maple Leaf Prime Chicken and Pork. Emily is currently working on her next cookbook, which will help families enjoy weeknight meals and also encourage the experience of casual kitchen entertaining with friends.  

Monda Rosenberg Monda Rosenberg has had over three decades of experience as food editor for Chatelaine magazine. Rosenberg’s influence reached millions of Canadian women. She has that elusive quality of being able to develop a connection with her readers and she says it is because she has made every mistake possible in the kitchen.  

Meghan Telpner Meghan Telpner is a Certified Nutritionist and Chief Love Maker of The Love In The Kitchen Academy Cooking School. Her daily blog Making Love In The Kitchen, delivers a refreshingly realistic approach to nutrition and healthy living. Based in Toronto, Meghan also operates Nourish Your Soul Holidays, leading healthy living retreats world-wide. Telpner was recently ranked in the top ten of applicants for TedX Toronto 2010 and has been featured on various television, news, and radio shows.         

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