Written By Guest Writer Awards / Chefs / Folks Jun 21, 2011 Okanagan Chef Named Canadian Chef of the Year SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestWilli Franz, CCFCC Chef of the YearThe Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC) awarded Chef Willi Franz of Grapevine Restaurant at Gray Monk Winery ‘Chef of the Year’ at the National Conference held in Vancouver last week. This marks the first time in the 46- year history of the award, that an Okanagan chef has been honored.The award is given every year to the Chef Member who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession of Culinary Arts and who has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to the Canadian Culinary Federation.Over the past 40 years, Chef Willi Franz has worked in many great establishments with a variety of cooking styles. Although trained in classical French cuisine, like any great chef, his style of cooking has evolved over the years and has led him to wine country cooking which fits perfectly with the Okanagan lifestyle and it’s bounty of produce. Chef Franz makes it a priority to assemble the best seasonal and local products and pair them with the delicious and equally award winning Gray Monk Estate Winery wines located just outside his kitchen door.Not one to focus only on his efforts in the restaurant kitchen, Chef Franz is also involved in the community and was a founding member of the international gastronomic association, Chaine des Rotisseurs in the Okanagan and Past President of the Okanagan Chefs Association (OCA). Now serving the OCA as Chairman he has spearheaded several successful fundraisers for the Association and has taken the leadership role in organizing events at the Kelowna Gospel Mission feeding 200 patrons as well as the OCA Valentine’s Dinner for the Less Fortunate serving 275 diners.In addition to sharing his expertise with the community, his passion for his profession is truly demonstrated in his support of the Junior Chefs. In 2010 he organized the Junior Chefs competition sponsored by Saputo at Okanagan College as an exciting addition to the Fall Wine Festival.The Okanagan Valley is fortunate to have such a talented chef who demonstrates his commitment to his passion every day on the plate at the restaurant and in the community through his outreach projects.The Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC) is dedicated through training and partnering, to the promotion of a distinctly Canadian food culture both nationally and internationally. It is committed to the development of innovative and engaging learning opportunities that inspire its members to be passionate, respectful and tolerant professionals who make a difference in the community. The CCFCC is available to any and all persons who are actively pursuing a career path as a cook apprentice, journeyman cook, professional chef/cook or culinary professional. AwardsChefsOkanagan SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Awards / Drink People / Events / Wine Events / Wine News October 15, 2020 SOMM SMACKDOWN—Rumble at Aura Waterfront Restaurant Strange, interesting, and wonderful things can happen in odd times, and there is no stranger time than now, but something needed to be done to pay ... Read More Awards / Drink People / Press Release / San Francisco / Spirits / Victoria April 5, 2019 deVine Gin Tops Category, Earns Double Gold at San Francisco Competition Vancouver Island’s deVine Wines & Spirits was delighted to learn its Genever Gin won the Genever category, and a Double Gold medal, at the ... Read More Awards / Press Release / Spirits February 19, 2019 Long Table Distillery wins Six Awards and Best in Class at Canadian Artisan Spirits Competition Press Release — Artisan Distillers Canada announced this week that Long Table Distillery, now celebrating its sixth year of distilling on BC’s ... Read More Awards / Press Release November 6, 2018 Taste Canada Award Winners 2018 Press Release: Fort Berens Estate Winery Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Pierson of the Vintage Consulting Group as their new ... Read More Awards / Causes November 13, 2016 Gold Medal Plates BC To Take Place Nov. 17 in Victoria GOLD MEDAL PLATES B.C’s COMPETING CHEFS FOR 2016! Victoria – 2016 is an Olympic year and B.C.’s Gold Medal Plates will be celebrating ... Read More Awards / Chefs October 31, 2014 Gold Medal Plates (Victoria) 2014 Winners Last night a sold out crowd at the Victoria Conference Centre dined on dishes prepared by some of the top chefs in British Columbia. The occasion was ... Read More Comments are closed.