Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

February 11, 2010 11:40 ET

Government of Canada Promotes Canada's Safe, Top Quality Foods at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 11, 2010) - Canada has the best food and the best athletes in the world, and the Government of Canada is showcasing both in Vancouver at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. This morning, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz hosted domestic and international media to a breakfast feast highlighting the safe, delicious and high-quality foods that Canadian farmers produce. This event was part of the Government of Canada's on-going work to expand and re-invigorate international markets.

"Our Government is proud to showcase the high quality food that our farmers produce because we know consumers at home and around the world want to buy it," said Minister Ritz. "We will always maximize every opportunity to promote Canadian agriculture. We know that increased international trade will stimulate economic growth and deliver benefits to all Canadians."

The breakfast brought together a team of top Canadian chefs from across the country, including Chef at Large Michael Smith, who each prepared distinct dishes featuring key Canadian export ingredients. The menu featured a variety of products including wheat, beef, pork, eggs, canola oil, maple syrup, lentils, soybeans, and ice wine.

Minister Ritz served up Canadian agriculture with farmer leaders from across the country, which included representatives from the Canola Council of Canada, Canadian Cattlemen's Association, Canadian Beef Export Federation, Canadian Pork Council, Dairy Farmers of Canada, Canadian Horticulture Council and Vincor Canada.

"When our Canadian athletes step on to the podium, we know the safe, nutritious food Canadian farmers produce helped to get them there," said Minister Ritz. "Our world-class athletes continue to prove that Canadian farmers produce food that truly is the choice of champions."

In 2008 Canada exported $42.8 billion worth of food and agriculture to 195 countries.

For more information about this morning's Savour Canada event, including photos, videos, and for recipes of the dishes prepared by the chefs, visit


Anita Stewart - a Canadian gastronomer and author - was the Master of Ceremonies and, using knowledge of the sector, delivered key messages about the quality, diversity and distinctiveness of Canadian food.

The five Chefs participating in the Savour Canada event include:

Chef Michael Smith from PEI (

Chef Alain Pignard of Quebec (

Chef Donna Dooher from Ontario (

Chef Remi Cousyn from Saskatchewan (

Chef Daryl Nagata of British Columbia (

For biographies on each Chef, or information and recipes on the dishes they prepared for the Savour Canada event, visit Video and photo will also be available.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    Government of Canada 2010 Winter Games
    Media Enquiry Centre