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Competition begins for the junior chef of the 2016 Toronto Caribbean Carnival.


Think your child has got what it takes to be the first Junior Chef of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival? The Carnival and Grace Foods is asking junior chefs to put on their thinking toque blanches and wow the Carnival celebrity chef consultant Latoya Fagon with a recipe suitable for summer!


Children between the ages of 11 and 16 are eligible to take part in the Toronto Carnival's Junior Chef Culinary Competition The deadline for entries is June 23rd


“The competition provides a platform for young aspiring chefs to demonstrate their culinary skills and promote passion for healthy eating and lifestyle,” explained Denise Hererra-Jackson, the CEO of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival. “The competition is aimed at spreading Caribbean Gastronomic Culture by using local products with Caribbean flavours inspired by Grace Foods.”


Junior chefs must come up and cook a healthy choice recipe that uses at least one healthy Grace Product. The meal option is for lunch or dinner.


Ten junior chefs will be selected by the competition’s consulting celebrity chef

La-toya Fagon by June 27th to move on to a qualifying round where they, with professional help, will cook their recipes.


After the live qualifying round, three contestants will be selected to go to the Finals which will require a second grilling recipe for presentation on stage, July 16th (1-5pm) at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s Junior Carnival. The Parade and Junior Carnival takes place in Neilson Park, in Malvern (Scarborough).


The winning chef receives a $500 cash prize. Second place receives $250 and third place gets $150. For rules and information about the competition visit: here:  A full list of Grace Foods’ products is available on


Junior Carnival Parade/ Family Day  July 16, 2016. This will be the biggest children's parade ever! The free Junior Carnival Parade will take place in and around Neilson Park in the Malvern community. Over 2,500 children will perform for the judges and play Mas. Games, food, Calypso and Pan performances in the Park after the parade. 10 a.m to 8 p.m.


About Toronto Caribbean Carnival


The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, and revelry as well as visual and performing arts. It is a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. As Carnival is an international cultural phenomenon, the city of Toronto and the Greater Toronto region will come alive with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Salsa, Zouk, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands celebrating the Carnival of the Americas. The Festival Management Committee oversees the running of North America's largest outdoor festival.


Corporate sponsors / partners of this year's festival include: OLG, The Toronto Star, CTV, CP-24, the Federal Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, Grace Kennedy Foods, the Ontario Science Centre, Exhibition Place, Malvern Town Centre, and Porter Airlines.


For further information:

Festival Office contact: 416-391-5608  [email protected];

For media inquires: Stephen Weir, Toronto Caribbean Carnival Publicist, 416-489-5868, Cell: 416-801-3101, Email: [email protected];