PEI International Shellfish Festival
Six young chefs-to-be in Dairy Farmers of Canada competition
The Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival takes place September 13 to 16 on the Charlottetown waterfront with professional competition in shellfish prep and shucking, food, entertainment and activities and demos for all ages.
A new event will allow young chefs to showcase their talents and compete for a $1,000 cash prize. The Junior Chef Challenge presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada will be hosted by Chef Michael Smith. Six competitors aged 9 to 11 have been selected to compete.
Junior chefs will have 45 minutes to prepare a shellfish masterpiece and win the judges over with their creativity, plate presentation and inspired tastes. There will be a twist ingredient to incorporate into their dishes, which Chef Michael will be harvesting from his own farm. Junior chefs will be tasked with incorporating dairy into their recipes. The Junior Chef Challenge will take place September 16 at 3 pm.
Annabella Sly (age 9) moved to PEI from England and she loves living on the Island because there is an abundance of fresh shellfish and other delicious food to cook. She would like to open a restaurant on PEI one day with her mother.
Gram Hemphill (age 11) has travelled to Paris and claims nothing beats PEI seafood. Chef Gram cooks for his family during the week and makes his Mom be the sous chef. He likes having fun in the kitchen and has made mussels, scallops and gourmet lobster rolls.
Rio Bevan (age 10) loves watching his dad cook and is eager to learn more about being a chef so he can help in the kitchen. He lives in Charlottetown with his Mom and Dad, two younger brothers, two dogs and his bearded dragon named Fiji.
Avery MacPhee (age 9) loves to cook and try new foods. She attends the Culinary Bootcamp Kids are Cooking each summer. She claims to not be good at cleaning up her mess in the kitchen but will be good at cleaning up in the competition.
Emery Wood’s (age 9) favourite thing to do is watch cooking shows and competitions like Chopped Canada, Master Chef Junior and Top Chef Canada. He has lots of experience helping his mom cook shellfish in the kitchen and dreams of being on Top Chef Junior or Master Chef Junior.
Lilly Coughlin (age 11) lives in Milton, PEI and comes from a long line of PEI shellfish harvesters and foodies. She is a seafood lover and loves experimenting in the kitchen with basically anything that comes from PEI waters.
Daily admission tickets and weekend passes to the Festival are available at: 902-629-6625, Eastlink Centre Box Office, peishellfish.com.