News Releases from Canadian Food ChampionshipsFollow the road to the Team Canada Selection for World Food Championships

Edmonton, AB— On November 10, 2016, Andrea Rossi of Team Canada will be battling against the best amateur and professional chefs in the world to become the World Seafood Champion at the World Food Championships (WFC) in Orange Beach, Alabama. At his side will be his 13-year-old sous chef, Chopped Canada Junior participant and Make a Wish (Northern Alberta) advocate, Jonathan Giovannoni.

The two started their journey to WFC together at the Canadian Food Championships (CFC) a little later than others. “I was late 20 minutes because of the parade and I had all the ingredients and pots,” Andrea recalls. “When I finally arrived to the competition Jonathan was waiting for me with a pot of boiling water for the pasta, what can I say!” With only 40 minutes to compete in the first round the two placed top five and won their way on to Team Canada in the final round.

Andrea is the head chef at Porta Romana Restaurant in Spruce Grove, AB, where he works 6 days a week. Jonathan is a student and active in the cooking world, appearing on Chopped Canada Junior, and is very involved with Make a Wish where he speaks on their behalf and has sponsored 2 wishes. Both do not have a lot of free time and plan to enjoy themselves as much as they can in Alabama while trying to take home the championship.

“CFC provides a platform for professionals, armature chefs and home cooks the opportunity to compete at a high level/international level,” Milena Santoro, Events Edmonton board member and chair of the Canadian Food Championships said. “In meeting each competitor over the past two years, I got to know them a little better and these are regular folks, following the dreams and feeding their passion, which is cooking!”

Andrea and Jonathan will be joined by the rest of Team Canada at WFC who will compete in a preliminary round for their category (Bacon, BBQ, Burger, Chili, Dessert, Steak, Recipe, Sandwich, or Seafood), with the top 10 in each moving on to a final category round. First place winners in each category win $10,000 USD and move on to compete at the Final Table, where the $100,000 USD prize is up for grabs.

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The Team Canada Participants for 2016 are listed below and feature returning World Burger Champion Rusty Johnson from Port Moody, BC, and returning World Open Chili Champion Wayne Shymko from Winnipeg, MB.

Team Canada Participants:

Seafood: Jesse Woodland (Chartier) Beaumont, AB
Andrea Rossi (Porta Romana) Spruce Grove, AB
Steak: Lindsay Porter (El Cortez) Edmonton, AB
Dan White (Promo Addict) Sherwood Park, AB    
Stephan Perrin (Substance Food Group) Toronto, ON    
Dessert: Jocelyn Bird (You Need a Dessert) Sherwood Park, AB
Kirk Bueckert (Solstice Seasonal Cuisine) Edmonton, AB
Bacon: Russell Bird (The Promo Addict) Sherwood Park, AB
Curtis Christianson (Northside Lethbridge Dodge) Shaughnessy, AB
Sandwich: Shannon Minor (El Cortez) Edmonton, AB
Odessa Larmand (Team NCF) Edmonton, AB
Burger: Rusty Johnson (Rusty’s BBQ) Port Moody, BC
Erin Mueller (Naina’s – Alberta Burger Festival) Calgary, AB
Recipe: Mike Callaghan (Team Canada) Toronto, ON
Chili: Wayne Shymko (Badazz BBQ) Winnipeg, MB
Anne Meneer (Afterburn) Kleefeld, MB
Robert Kewly (Down Home Cooking) Kleefeld, MB
BBQ: Manny Mavroudis (Skara Old School BBQ) BBQ East Laval, QC
Benjamin Katzman (Rusty’s Smoke) BBQ East Blue Mountains, ON
Rusell & Janice Smella (Smella Que) BBQ West Calgary, AB
Wayne Fettback (Mad Cow BBQ) BBQ West Langley, BC




About the Canadian Food Championships

The Canadian Food Championships is a high energy, high intensity, timed, double-blind judged cooking competition open to any Canadian resident with prizes valued at over $50,000. It is the only Canadian qualifying event to get to the World Food Championships, where a prize of $100,000 is awaiting the World Champion. The Canadian Food Championships will take place July 2017, at Churchill Square, in conjunction with Taste of Edmonton. Visit for more information.

About the World Food Championships

The World Food Championships features hundreds of competitors seeking food fame and fortune. The fifth annual event, scheduled for November 9-15, 2016, invites the champions from the biggest and best food competitions around the world into a single high-stakes culinary showdown for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. Visit for more information.

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