At the end of September I attended the 5th annual Chef Survival Challenge and Feast. It took place at the beautiful Madrona Farm on Vancouver Island. Tickets were a great price and included lots of fun and amazing food. The Big Dream Farm Fund, dedicated to farmland conservation,was the recipient of 100% of the proceeds. This year top chefs from around Victoria were matched with Olympic atheletes.
The 2012 participants were Chris Hammer (Royal Colwood Golf Course), Jamie Cummins (Relish), Robin Jackson (Sooke Harbour House, pictured above), Amanda Lee-Chesley (Stages), Geoff Pinch/Cory Pelan (The Whole Beast), Kerry Park (Tre Fantastico), Mike Dunlop (Vista 18), Stephan Drolet (Camilles), Dan Hayes (The London Chef), Mike Williams (Country Grocer), Ken Harper (Vancouver Island University), Cosmo Meens (The Hot and Cold Cafe), and Shawn Morrison (Hotel Grand Pacific)
Thanks also goes to the catering team who made an amazing buffet meal and appetizers for us. Feys and Hobbs, Colin Mann, John Brooks, Chris Hammer, Mike Dunlop, Shawn Morrison, AJ’s Organic Cafe, and Reynolds Leadership Program put on a wonderful feast of chicken, sausage, whole roast pig as well as delicious vegetables and two of the best salads ever!