Date: Wednesday February 7, 2018
Location: Bank Of Montreal Institute For Learning - 3550 Pharmacy Ave, Toronto, ON M1W 3Z3


Musical Entertainment by Andrew Beg & Tom KIng, Frances Beg & Salena Harriman

6:15 – 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception , Appetizers, Entertainment & Silent Auction in Atrium

7:00 – 7:15 pm Host: Dr. Peter Lin – CBC’s house Doctor - in Presentation Hall
Welcome: Leo DelZotto - President Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada
Project Update: Barbara Kennedy – Executive Director Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada
Introduction of Competing Chefs and unveiling of Heart Healthy Menus

7:15 – 8:30 pm Dinner entrees served at six cooking and plating stations in the Atrium Each chef shares details about preparation, ingredients & recipe of entree

8:30 pm People’s Choice Voting and Silent Auction closes

8:30 – 8:45 pm Desserts in Presentation Hall and Fireside Chat on stage with Dr. Peter Lin & Special Guest Former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion

8:45 pm Presentation of Chef Awards by Head Judge Executive Chef Murray Hall & judging committee

9:00 pm Silent Auction winners and prize pick up in Atrium

Representing Revera Retirement Living

With over 25 years of experience, Chef Nick Calina fills the role of Senior Regional Manager of Culinary Services with Revera Retirement Living. Nick is a graduate of George Brown College. He holds a Red Seal certification and is classically trained. He has worked and managed various Hotel/Resorts/Restaurants as well as Catering Kitchens. Nick has been working in senior living industry for over 15 years in both LTC and the last 9 years in Retirement. In his role with Revers Retirement Living he focuses his time on working with both internal and external customers to find products and culinary solutions to meet today’s and tomorrow's consumer demands.

Revera is a leading owner, operator and investor in the senior living sector committed to helping older adults live life to the fullest. Through its portfolio of partnerships, Revera owns or operates more than 500 properties across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, offering seniors’ apartments, independent living, assisted living, memory care and long term care. Revera’s vision is to celebrate the ageless spirit of people. Through a strategic focus on growth, innovation and leadership, the company strives to improve the aging experience of people in its communities. Revera’s culinary team believes that great dining should deliver more than just a meal, it should offer an experience! Delicious and nutritious food, made from scratch using fresh wholesome ingredients, served with warm, professional service.

Representing Esprit Lifestyle Communities

Steve Chapman is the Regional Director of Culinary Services for Esprit Lifestyle Communities. He attended the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and his culinary travels have taken him from resorts and hotels, to fine dining restaurants. For the past 16 years he has had the good fortune of working in the Retirement industry, where he has worked in communities across North America, and also had the opportunity of setting up kitchens and ultimately securing Culinary Contracts with Retirement communities in England.

At Esprit Lifestyle Communities we are committed to providing Canadians with high quality retirement living and health care options focused on enhancing and enriching the lives of our residents. Esprit Lifestyle Communities owns and operates Independent and Assisted retirement communities across Ontario and Saskatchewan, as well as standalone and integrated Memory Care community in Regina. With eight communities in operation, another scheduled to open this fall, and one more under development, Esprit Lifestyle Communities is growing. We are proud to carry on our parent company, Extendicare’s, mission of ‘helping people live better’ in Retirement Communities. To find out more about our communities, please visit

Representing Chartwell Retirement Residences

Stephen Huszczo has been in the culinary arts and hospitality industry since 1983. He has travelled extensively working in hotels, restaurants, private golf courses and the Host hotel for the Olympics. After owning his own restaurant and catering company, Stephen joined the retirement industry and has been with Chartwell for over 4 years. Stephen says it has been the greatest honour of his life being of service to the retired seniors.

Chartwell is the largest owner and operator of seniors housing communities across the country, from independent supportive living through assisted living to long term care. With over 185 residences, Chartwell offers a wide-range of choice—from independent apartments ideal for active seniors who desire convenient retirement services, to assisted living suites that combine the availability of services like housekeeping and dining with personalized care and support, to memory care neighbourhoods specially-designed to help seniors living with dementia enjoy a good day, every day. Chartwell is committed to its vision of Making People’s Lives BETTER and to providing a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life experience for seniors.

Representing V!VA Retirement Communities

With over 30 years of experience, Chef Mitchell Lash is the Executive Chef for one of the V!VA properties in Thornhill. Chef Mitchell has worked and managed various kitchens at hotels and resorts like the Four Seasons, Sheraton, and Hiltons and has been working in the Senior Living Industry for over 7 years. He has come to adopt the philosophy that at any age, young or old, one can enjoy the finer things in life and that is “V!VA Fantastic Food”. In addition to working in the Retirement Industry, Chef Mitchell also has been a Professor of Culinary Arts at Humber College for the past 10 years and he brings with that a wealth of experience as well as holding the Canadian “Chef de Cuisine” Certification.

Step into a V!VA Retirement Community and you can feel the difference. You see smiles and hear laughter. The smell of freshly baked cookies fills the air. People are busy and active, sharing their day and having fun. We’ve created this feeling by putting friendships first, focusing on exceptional service and great food, and most of all staying true to our simple purpose: Making Today Great!

Representing Schlegel Villages

After excelling at prestigious establishments such as Centro, Four Seasons Toronto and Hockley Valley Resort and Spa, Chef George Madalena has been delighting residents at Schlegel Villages as Chef and Director of Hospitality at The Village of Arbour Trails in Guelph, Ontario. Chef Madalena grew up on a hobby farm in rural Ontario and his love for local, fresh-from-the-garden ingredients has flourished since the time he could see over the countertop of his childhood kitchen. Starting with the philosophy that a great dish starts with a great ingredient and grows around it, the lessons George learned on the farm guide all of his menu creations. This is deliciously reflected in his hands-on involvement with the team at Schlegel Villages and his gentle guidance in the kitchen when coaching fellow chefs and teammates to the delight of all guests and residents.

Schlegel Villages manages a number of village-style retirement communities across southern Ontario, which includes independent living, retirement, assisted care, memory care and long-term care for seniors. Building on more than 60 years of tradition and experience caring for seniors, Schlegel Villages is led by the Schlegel family of Kitchener, where three generations have been involved in the seniors care field since 1952. The importance of wholesome good food and breaking bread together as a family is a value cherished at Schlegel Villages, and each Village offers delicious entrees created by trained chefs who pour their love into every meal.

Representing Delmanor Communities

Corporate Manager Culinary Services for Delmanor. He is a graduate of the School of Hotel Management & Culinary Arts in India and past Executive Sous Chef at the Mumbai Taj Mahal Hotel. He has worked at hotels around the world and has a Red Seal Certification and is a member of the American Culinary Federation & the Canadian Food Professional Association.

There’s something that makes the Delmanor experience unique. It’s not just our building, or suites or ambience. It’s us. Many of us have been with Delmanor from the very beginning. Others have just picked up the calling. But we’re all devoted to one common ideal. We come to work every day knowing we’re coming into your home, not just a building. And we are the better for it. We know change can be hard. We also know that moving on doesn’t have to mean moving away. We want to get to know you, and we want you to know us. We know we’ve been invited to become part of a community that each and every one of us has a responsibility to enhance every day, in every way. We’re focused on enhancing that daily experience by offering dependable, personalized attention you can count on – the way friends count on each other. We invite you to discover more at

Head Judge

Executive Chef/Food and Beverage Director at BMO Financial Institute of Learning. Chef Hall began his culinary career in Western Canada where he received his Red Seal Journeyman Cooks Papers from SAIT in Calgary, Alberta. Upon receiving this designation, Chef Murray cooked at a number of hotels across Canada, United States and Bermuda. After traveling, Chef Hall settled in Toronto where he received his Canadian “Chef de Cuisine” Certification from Humber College, and now instructs future Chefs at Georgian College in Barrie. Chef Murray is the five time Canadian national champion of the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) Copper Skillet Culinary Competition. In 2014, Chef Murray Hall competed on the global stage where he won the IACC Global Copper Skillet Competition.

Dr. Peter Lin
Evening Host

Director of Primary Care Initiatives at the Canadian Heart Research Centre. He has given over 120 lectures in 2015 and was a contributing author to the Canadian Diabetes Guidelines 2013. He is also Associate Editor for the Elsevier WebPortal - PracticeUpdate Primary Care and he also runs two busy family practices in Toronto. He is the Health Columnist for CBC Radio and can be heard on Wednesday mornings.





Andrew Beg is one of the newest and most exciting young crooners on the Toronto jazz scene. While completing his diploma program in Music Performance & Technology at Metalworks Institute and honing his abilities as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, he discovered a love of jazz and traditional pop, being influenced by pioneers like Frank Sinatra and Chet Baker. In 2015, his vibrant and distinct baritone caught the attention of Canadian chanteuse Adi Braun, who became a mentor and friend. His live debut as a jazz vocalist saw him perform a tribute to Sinatra at the prestigious Jazz Bistro in August of that year, backed by renowned pianist David Restivo. He went on to record his debut EP in September-October with Restivo and acclaimed musicians Morgan Childs and Jon Maharaj. 2016 saw the now 24-year-old perform at more private functions in the GTA and Niagara regions, as well as two successful nights at Jazz Bistro as a guest vocalist with the Joe Sealy Quartet. In May 2017, Andrew performed alongside Adi Braun, again at Jazz Bistro, in a double act billed as 'Guys and Dolls' for two sold-out nights. In July, he was awarded runner-up in the 18-23 age category in the Niagara Jazz Festival’s ‘Jazz For The Ages Youth Competition’, and performed at the festival in Simcoe Park, Niagara On The Lake.

Praised for his virtuosity, broad versatility, improvisational skills, and dynamic stage presence, Toronto-based pianist Tom King was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and began his post-secondary piano studies at the University of Alberta with pianist Stephane Lemelin. He then spent time in Bergen, Norway at the Grieg Academy, and in Oslo concentrating his studies on Scandinavian music with some of Norway's finest pianists. Tom later returned to Canada and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Ottawa studying with Andrew Tunis. He holds a Masters of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Western Ontario where he studied with renowned pianist and vocal coach, John Hess.

Tom is a founding member of the Payadora Tango Ensemble and is composer, performer and music producer for My Virtual Dream; an art/science installation combining neuroscience research at Baycrest with music and visual art. Tom has spent time in residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts studying with pianists Angela Cheng and Anton Kuerti among others and has been heard in recital on CBC radio. As well being in demand as a collaborative pianist and teacher, he has worked as an orchestral pianist for the Edmonton Symphony, and has performed with acts such as the Pointer Sisters and Petula Clark. An accomplished jazz pianist, he has performed throughout Canada including performances at the Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal International Jazz Festivals.

Tom is a music director at the Second City Toronto where he also completed as an actor, the Second City Training Centre Improvisation Program and the Long-Form Improvisation Conservatory. He is also the music director of Songbuster, a musical improv-troupe that improvises full musicals.

Soprano Frances Beg is currently studying at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music under the guidance of Monica Whicher. She previously studied at the Etobicoke School of the Arts majoring in Musical Theatre and graduated with honors in 2016. While at ESA, Frances appeared in numerous school performances including Swing, and the school’s annual “Arts Showcase” where she appeared as soloist singing with the school’s orchestra under the direction of Michael Perkins. She was a part of both the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Chorus under the direction of David Ambrose and the Chamber Choir under the direction of Patricia Warnock. During this time, she took private lessons with voice teacher Cindy Townsend. She continues to perform at Cindy’s Christmas and Spring recitals every year. Prior to attending high school, she sung in the Toronto Children’s Chorus and the Etobicoke Youth Choir. Frances loves to sing classical music and has chosen to dedicate herself to this area of performance, and under the guidance of Monica Whicher, hopes to continue to grow her vocal abilities and musical knowledge.

Soprano Salena Harriman was born and raised in Toronto, and is currently studying Vocal Performance at the University of Toronto, under the direction of Monica Whicher. Salena graduated from Rosedale Heights School of the Arts where she studied voice and Musical Theatre. In April 2016, she played Maureen in the Rosedale Heights production of Rent, and has been featured in several of the high school's musical revues.

She additionally earned a student apprenticeship with the Toronto Chamber Choir in 2015, and soon after, was accepted into the Vocal Performance program at the University of Toronto, where she is currently in her second year. In November 2016, she sang with UofT’s Schola Cantorum Choir, in their production of Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Vivaldi’s Gloria, conducted by Daniel Taylor and Paul McCreesh. In February 2017, she was a featured soloist in their production of Henry Purcell’s Fairy Queen, under the direction of Daniel Taylor and Larry Beckwith. Salena is very much looking forward to her ever growing musical journey.


BMO Financial Institute for Learning (IFL)
3550 Pharmacy Ave, Toronto, ON M1W 3Z3