TORONTO, ON (Aug. 15, 2011) – The heat in the kitchen was fired up all weekend long on Toronto’s downtown waterfront at Harbourfront Centre’s Fortune Cooking Food Festival. The Longo’s Iron Chef Competition featured four Pan-Asian chefs (Chef Vanessa Yeung of Toronto’s Aphrodite Cooks, Chef Robin Pradhan of Owen Sound’s Rocky Raccoon Café, Chef Segar Kulasegarampillai of Toronto’s Segar and Chef Boon Hing Wong of Toronto’s Ki Modern Japanese + Bar) fiercely competing to win the prestigious Longo’s Iron Chef title.
Harbourfront Centre and its lead summer partner, The Toronto Port Authority, are proud to announce Chef Segar Kulasegarampillai as the second Longo’s Iron Chef Champion (Fortune Cooking). The finished gourmet meal showcased the secret ingredient, heritage yellow and red watermelons.
In the semi-finals, Chef Pradhan, who waited tables of five-star restaurants for years before opening his own Rocky Raccoon Café, defeated Chef Yeung with his creative use of the secret ingredient of bourbon. In the battle to discover Chef Pradhan’s finals competitor, Chef Segar went into culinary battle with Chef Boon Hing Wong and moved onto the finals using three types of the secret ingredient of goat cheese in his winning recipe.
Segar immigrated to Toronto from Madras, Southern India as a child and not too long after enrolled in the country’s most esteemed culinary institute, The Stratford Chef School. Upon graduation, Segar staged at the world renowned Eigensinn Farm under Chef Michael Stadtlander as well as with Chef Morgan Jacobson in Manhattan before returning to Toronto as Executive Chef at Mildred Pierce (now Mildred’s Temple Kitchen), where he had once worked as a dishwasher. In December 2009, he opened his dream restaurant in Leaside, offering “Spice Route Cuisine”, the eponymous Segar (segar.ca).
The competition was judged by Asian cuisine expert Andrew Chase, Food Editor at Canadian Living and Homemaker’s Magazine; Vincent Leung, Executive Chef at Toronto’s Senses Restaurant, who is known for his modern east-meets-west style; CBC news reporter Steven D’Souza; CityTV’s Richard Cazeau, co-host of “What’s Cooking”; and Harbourfront Centre’s Melanie Fernandez, Director of Community & Educational Programmes. Christian Pritchard, current co-host of “Daytime” on Rogers Television (York), chef, emcee, food consultant, caterer/event planner and food entertainer, hosted the competition.
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ABOUT HOT SPOT SUMMER 2011
Hot spots may not always be comfortable, but they are conduits of change. Embrace change or defy it – it is ultimately up to you. This summer, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that asks: What’s your hot spot?
ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront. For more information visit harbourfrontcentre.com.
ABOUT TORONTO PORT AUTHORITY
The Toronto Port Authority, Harbourfront Centre’s lead summer partner, owns and operates the Port of Toronto, the Billy Bishop Airport, and the Outer Harbour Marina. It is committed to building a waterfront community that is vibrant and enjoyable for Torontonians and visitors, by working with partners to create a clean, green, prosperous water’s edge. For more information visit torontoport.com.