Toronto Taste Chef Challenge

Stay tuned for information about our Chef Challenge in 2017!

2016 Chef Challenge

Check out the 2016 Chef Challenge.

Happening at the Main Stage, approximately 7:50 pm

Now in its 3rd year, the Chef Challenge is an exciting, action-packed part of the Toronto Taste evening. Live on the main stage, Chefs are given 30 minutes to prepare a dish from a box of mystery ingredients, which is then judged by a panel to determine a winner.

Last year’s Chef Challenge featured Adam Oliveira (The Spoke Club), Devan Rajkumar (Rasa/The Food Dudes) and Matt Basile (Lisa Marie/Fidel Gastro’s). 

For 2016, we’re thrilled to introduce Chef Kaya Ogruce, Chef Darby Piquette and Chef Ivana Raca. These three renowned chefs will face off and compete for the title of Chef Challenge Winner in a heated and lively race.

This year, we’re kicking it up a notch by offering three individuals the opportunity to become a sous chef for one of the three competing Chefs during the challenge. Fundraise your way on stage, challenge your skills, and get up close and personal to experience life in the culinary limelight through this rare opportunity to work alongside one of Toronto’s hottest chefs. We’re also offering one top fundraiser the chance to join the all-star judge’s panel to choose the winning dish. 

The Competitors

Chef Kaya Ogruce

Death in Venice Gelato Co.




Chef Darby Piquette

ONE Restaurant




Chef Ivana Raca

Raca Café and Bar





The Judges

Cynthia Beretta
Co-Founder, Beretta Farms 





Chef Matt DeMille
Ambassador Chef, All Clad Cookware





Chef Juriaan Snellen
Executive Corporate Chef, McCormick Canada
Ambassador Chef, Acqua Panna
Chef de Cuisine, DaiLo
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