Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 14, 2010 14:05 ET

Government of Canada Announces Young Chefs Who Will Participate in Canada's Culinary Program at Expo 2010 in Shanghai

OTTAWA, ONARIO--(Marketwire - April 14, 2010) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the names of six young culinary school graduates who have been selected to participate in the culinary program at Expo 2010. The Expo will run from May 1 to October 31, 2010, in Shanghai, China.

"Wayne Murphy, our Executive Chef at the Canada Pavilion and Chef Professor and Coordinator of the Culinary Arts Program at La Cité collégiale, will lead a team of young graduates from culinary schools across Canada. Their chief responsibility will be to cater special events at the Canada Pavilion at Expo and introduce visitors to Canadian products and Canadian cuisine," said Minister Moore.

The students are:

  • Melissa Hryb – Red River College, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Hugo Martineau – Collège Lasalle, Montréal, Quebec
  • Andrew Newman –Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Junior Thériault – Collège Mérici, Québec City, Quebec
  • Mariane Weber – La Cité collégiale, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Mandy Wingert – Holland College, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

"The Expo culinary program provides young Canadians with international experience just as they are poised to begin their careers. I know they will be able to benefit from the vast experience of Chef Wayne Murphy, who headed up our culinary program at the Canada Pavilion at Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan," added Minister Moore.

Expo 2010 is expected to be the biggest international exposition ever, with 242 countries and organizations taking part. With the assistance of Cirque du Soleil, Canada is creating a stunning pavilion that will be the jewel of Expo 2010 and an excellent showcase for Canada's theme "The Living City: inclusive, sustainable, creative." The Government of Canada expects to welcome between 5 and 5.5 million visitors to the Canada Pavilion: 30 000 per day.

Expo 2010 will allow Canada to advance its foreign and trade policy goals, strengthen economic, diplomatic, and cultural ties with China, and shape and strengthen Canada's brand in China.

The International Expositions Program, part of the Department of Canadian Heritage, is responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing Canada's participation in international expositions sanctioned by the Bureau of International Expositions. For more information about Canada's participation in Shanghai, visit www.expo2010canada.gc.ca.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

BACKGROUNDER

Profile of Chef Wayne Murphy

  • Head Chef professor and Coordinator of the Culinary Arts and Management programs at the French-language community college La Cité collégiale in Ottawa.
  • As Culinary Manager and Executive Chef of the Expo kitchen team for the Department of Canadian Heritage, he developed the Engaging Canadians culinary program and managed the foodservices at the Canada Pavilion at the 2005 World Expo in Aichi, Japan.
  • Since 2006, a consultant with Canada Pork International (CPI) responsible for creating and demonstrating recipes at international food fairs in Cuba and Japan and appearing annually as head judge of the CPI Japanese nationwide professional recipe cooking competition in Tokyo.
  • Consultant for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, with three appearances as chef at Foodex in Makuhari, Japan—Asia's largest food trade show—from 2006 to 2009.
  • Developed recipes featuring Canadian products for a new Agrifood publication/recipe book in 2008.
  • Recipient of the Ottawa Capital Educator Award in 2007, recognizing passion and excellence in teaching at all levels of education.
  • Recipient of the Dupont Trophy in 2001, awarded by the Canadian Federation of Chefs & Cooks to the person who achieved the greatest degree of excellence in culinary education in the National Capital Region.
  • Committee chair and adjudicator for the annual Garfield Weston Foundation awards for excellence in education from 2007 to present.
  • Founding advisory committee member of Savourez Ottawa/Savour Ottawa, an organization committed to promoting Ottawa as a year-round culinary destination offering local foods and experiences.
  • Coordinator/chef-teacher for culinary school development projects in Madagascar (2000–2004) and Benin (2000), including "train the trainer," curriculum development, and local school construction.
  • Cooked in restaurants in France, Japan, and Canada from 1984 to 2002.
  • Bachelor of Arts: University of Guelph/Université de Nantes (degree conferred in 1996).

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    matthew.deacon@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca