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St. Pius X Culinary Institute Students Win Silver in the Taste of Canada Cooks the Books Competition in Toronto

Montreal, Quebec– November 6, 2013 – On November 3, three students, Shamini Somasundram, Michel Lapointe and Alessandro Lucarino, from St. Pius X Culinary Institute in Montreal received second place after competing in the annual nationwide Taste of Canada Cooks the Books culinary competition which pairs professional cooking students with veteran cookbook authors. The competition’s aim is to find Canada’s Best New Student Chef by inviting students from across Canada to create a dish that will impress the panel of judges.

The St. Pius X Culinary Institute students’ silver award-winning entry was a seafood noodle stir fry dish from Toronto author Naomi Duguid’s gold medal-winning cookbook, Burma: Rivers of Flavour. Under the guidance of their school’s chef instructor Giulia Civitarese, the students trained intensively for weeks. In Toronto they were then mentored by Duguid on stage in front of a live audience where their hard work paid off. Judges, event organizers and fellow competitors commented on their amazing performance and creativity. 

A special thank you goes out to the Taste Canada team and to Academic and Vocational Information Counselor, Paolo Della Rocca. Congratulations team on a job well done!

About St. Pius X Culinary Institute:

If you thrive on the creative energy of the kitchen, crave the excitement of a fast-paced environment and want a career you can practice world-wide, then St. Pius X Culinary Institute is for you. You'll learn cutting edge skills and techniques necessary for today's job market and obtain hands-on experience. This tuition-free professional cooking school program will give you a solid education as well as the resources and tools necessary for success in the challenging field of culinary arts.

Light the fire! Cook with passion.


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
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