Kiss-Off Cancer Cook-Off – Great Food, Served with a Side of Prevention Tips
Monday, June 2, 201 – Celebrity chefs and community cooks rose to the challenge of the first Kiss-Off Cancer Cook-Off to be held in Nelson, on Sunday, June 1. The event, sponsored by Century 21 Mountainview and the Kootenay Co-op, delighted guests and netted Prevent Cancer Now over $3000 in funds to support its work to eliminate the preventable causes of cancer.
Celebrity chefs from Ric’s Grill and Lounge, All Seasons Café and the Hume Hotel wowed diners and the judges with their dishes, crammed with anti-cancer ingredients. In a very tight race, Amanda Skidmore, chef at the All Seasons Café, took top honours from the judges for her meal, overall. It featured a Crispy Wonton Mushroom Tart; Eggplant Involtini, a vegetarian eggplant roll filled with fava beans and cashew “cheese”, roasted squash, cauliflower turmeric puree and parsley pistou; and for dessert, a raw, vegan cheesecake with date and almond crust, fresh berries and chia caramel sauce. The All Seasons also captured the hearts (and stomachs) of guests, receiving the Consumer’s Choice Award for their 3-course meal.
Amanda was also the top fundraiser for the event, raising $540 for Prevent Cancer Now. She was most definitely the star of the evening!
Individual dishes were also recognized by the judges. Best appetizer was awarded to the All Seasons Café. Best entrée went to Ward Nelson of the Hume Hotel for his Thai Curried BC Halibut, served with Creston asparagus on a bed of basmati rice. Ward also wowed both judges and guests with his Dark Chocolate Mousse Eruption, served in a cup of dark chocolate and accompanied with a mix of strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.
Chef Ciraj Premanantham, of Ric’s Grill and Lounge offered delicious options in all three courses, with his Kale Dolmades appetizer, made with organic brown rice and quinoa, wrapped in kale leaves, a very close second in the judging. Ciraj’s Callebaut Chocolate Lava Cake, served warm, had diners swooning! Good thing dark chocolate is on the list of anti-cancer ingredients!
Community cooks entered their anti-cancer dishes in a competition voted on by guests. Kirstie Grant won the appetizer category for her Spinach Salad, made with strawberries and blueberries. Teo Nicholas took away the best main course award, with her Asian Noodle Salad.
The 50 guests who attended the Kiss-Off Cancer Cook-Off left the event satisfied and raving over the excellent food, prizes and cancer prevention information. Prevent Cancer Now provided its list of 12 Tips for Cancer Prevention and its Tainted 22 – foods that they recommend be bought organically.
Prevent Cancer Now (PCN) organizers were very impressed with the support from the community and local businesses. The Hume Hotel was an excellent host, and business donated thousands of dollars in prizes and items for the silent auction. The support of Century 21 Mountainview means that almost all the money raised goes directly to Prevent Cancer Now.