Chef Ed Harris Jr. takes home the ti­tle “In­ter­na­tional Iron Chef Com­pe­ti­tion Cham­pion 2015”

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Saint Lu­cia Tourist Board and renowned Saint Lu­cian Chef Ed Harris re­cently par­tic­i­pated in the Har­bourfront Cen­tre's In­ter­na­tional Iron Chef Com­pe­ti­tion in Toronto Canada on Septem­ber 6th & 7th, 2015. This year, the fo­cus of the com­pe­ti­tion was on keep­ing it hot, spicy and sus­tain­able and the chefs were chal­lenged to use lo­cal, sus­tain­able in­gre­di­ents from their home­land.

A main theme of the Hot and Spicy Food Fes­ti­val was that culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences shape all as­pects of global cul­ture and food con­tin­ues to thrive as a cen­tral method of cul­tural ex­pres­sion. The com­pe­ti­tion ex­plored global cui­sine, as in­no­va­tions in food pro­duc­tion and prepa­ra­tion move to­ward a highly spe­cial­ized art form.

Chef Ed's par­tic­i­pa­tion at the Hot and Spicy Food Fes­ti­val was co­or­di­nated by the Saint Lu­cia Tourist Board's Cana­dian team and pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to bring to­gether the Saint Lu­cian com­mu­nity to show­case the flavours of the is­land. Within the Saint Lu­cia Tourist Board's booth, Saint Lu­cia's own Ti Kaye La Sauces show­cased its line of Saint Lu­cia sauces which are on sale in Toronto and were used in Chef Ed's win­ning recipe.

“This col­lab­o­ra­tion was a very suc­cess­ful one as Cana­di­ans came out in strong num­bers - fam­i­lies, tourists and food lovers alike, and were very in­ter­ested in learn­ing about Saint Lu­cia and tast­ing the lo­cal flavours. The in­ter­est in Saint Lu­cia was el­e­vated dur­ing the Iron Chef Com­pe­ti­tion as Chef Ed and Canada bat­tled to the bit­ter end. So we couldn't be more thrilled for Ed and his suc­cess in his first Cana­dian Com­pe­ti­tion”, said Ali­son Theodore, Re­gional Mar­ket­ing Man­ager for the Saint Lu­cia Tourist Board. “His in­cor­po­ra­tion of lo­cal in­gre­di­ents from Saint Lu­cia played an im­por­tant role in keep­ing his dishes aligned with the culi­nary tastes of the is­land and win­ning the ti­tle.”

Ed Harris was born in Cedars St. Lu­cia, but cur­rently re­sides in At­lanta Ge­or­gia, USA. Chef Ed Harris' un­end­ing pas­sion for cui­sine be­gan in the kitchen. Over the past decade, Ed has been heav­ily in­volved in the food busi­ness in many as­pects. His ex­pe­ri­ence ranges from high-end pri­vate events, off-site events and var­i­ous celebrity gath­er­ings to con­sult­ing on menu items and res­tau­rant con­cepts.

Through­out his ca­reer Ed has worked as a Tour­nant, Ju­nior Sous Chef, Ban­quet Chef, Ex­ec­u­tive Sous Chef, Dim Sum Chef, Ex­pe­d­i­tor and Saucier and now that he is a Con­sul­tant Chef, he uses all those ar­eas of ex­per­tise to fur­ther his ca­reer.

A pop­u­lar and tal­ented chef, Harris ap­peared as a chef on 24-hour Res­tau­rant Bat­tle and was the win­ner of the Food Net­work's CHOPPED “Tur­bot Pow­ered” Sea­son Four.

Ed's com­pany "Chef Life Con­sult­ing” part­ners with var­i­ous char­i­ties es­pe­cially ones for chil­dren, some­thing he holds very close to his heart. His ex­pe­ri­ence in the dif­fer­ent po­si­tions has given him the op­por­tu­nity to play an ac­tive role in the plan­ning, su­per­vi­sion, and cre­ative as­pects of the food in­dus­try.

When it comes to shar­ing his love of food with oth­ers, Ed Harris' work is not just lim­ited to as­sist­ing in the process of pro­vid­ing cus­tomers with avant garde meals. He has ded­i­cated much of his leisure time to in­form­ing younger chil­dren about food and the busi­ness of food.

Ed has also par­tic­i­pated in events to help raise funds for sev­eral char­i­ties.

The Saint Lu­cia Tourist Board, SLHTA and Min­istry of Tourism and the en­tire tourism fra­ter­nity ex­tend heart­felt con­grat­u­la­tions and best wishes to Chef Ed Harris on adding yet another jewel to his crown!

L-R: Ali­son Theodore, Re­gional Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Saint Lu­cia Tourist Board Canada, Chef Ed Harris with win­ning plaque, Sous Chef Ja­mar­ius Banks and Ar­letta Wal­cott, In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer – Con­sulate Gen­eral of Saint Lu­cia stand­ing in for Con­sul Gen­eral

Michael Wil­lius.

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