Cooking With the Wolfman™ is pleased to announce the launch of its eighth season, with an introduction to eight new Kitchen Warriors™, Aboriginal Culinary Students from Ontario, Alberta, and Manitoba, on the nationally televised cooking show on APTN, on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at 11:30 am ET on the East Feed, MT on the West Feed, CT on the North Feed and 12:30 pm ET on the HD Feed.
Cooking With the Wolfman™ has aired on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network for seven straight seasons, featuring Chef, Host, and Executive Producer David Wolfman.
Season Eight takes a dramatic new direction from past seasons, with Chef Wolfman pairing up Aboriginal culinary arts students in twin kitchens, as they prepare Aboriginal Fusion dishes following Chef Wolfman’s instructions and cooking tips.
Kitchen Warriors are responsible for preparing an appetizer, soup or entrée. “It feels good to be working with Aboriginal students in the kitchen and passing on my knowledge to the younger generation,” said Chef David Wolfman.
In each episode, two Kitchen Warriors™ face off to prepare a meal using their own creativity and incorporating some rather unusual North American food products reminiscent of a traditional Aboriginal diet. Kitchen Warriors™ must then present their dishes to a panel of professional chefs for critiquing based on presentation, taste, and texture. The Kitchen Warrior™ that is successful in capturing the attention of the chefs, in the final episode, will act as Sous-Chef under the tutelage of Chef James Stewart at the National Club in downtown Toronto, to prepare an Aboriginal feast exclusively for the National Club clientele.
“I am so proud to launch the new show with the new set and new format and showcase the talents of First Nations and Métis culinary arts students,” said Chef David Wolfman, adding, “these students really are Kitchen Warriors, as they have overcome many obstacles to reach this point in their lives where they are doing well in school and developing skills to excel in the culinary profession in Canada and internationally.”
Chef Wolfman added, “Cooking With the Wolfman™ has been on the air since 1999, educating viewers on Aboriginal foods and featuring a variety of guests, but Season Eight is entirely focused on cultivating up and coming Aboriginal chefs; it puts these students under major pressure to perform not only on television, but also for judgment by a panel of professional chefs which is an eye-opening experience for all of them and they deserve recognition for their efforts. This is definitely a first in the Aboriginal community.”
The Cooking With the Wolfman Kitchen Warriors™ in Season Eight are:
1. Dwayne Ballantyne, Red River College, and Métis, Winnipeg, MB
2. Dennie Beardy, Algonquin College, and member of Red Lake First Nation, ON
3. Donna Clelland, Liaison College, and member of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, ON and resident of Cambridge, ON
4. Marcella Goodrunning, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and member of Sunchild First Nation, AB and resident of Calgary, AB
5. Kat Monague, Georgian College, and member of Beausoleil First Nation, ON
6. John Linklater, The Chocolate Shop, Winnipeg, MB and member of Pukatawagan First Nation, MB
7. Awasis Monague, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and member of Beausoleil First Nation, ON – resident of Calgary, AB
8. Joe Tobicoe, Liaison College, and member of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, ON
The Chef Judges are:
1. Allan Bedard, Chef and Manager, Windigo Catering LP, Musselwhite Mine, Northwestern ON
2. Shonah Chalmers, Chef Professor, Humber College
3. Bruno Elsier, Executive Chef, The Toronto French School
4. Alison Iannarelli, Sous Chef, York Downs Golf and Country Club, Unionville
5. Derek Lankinen, Chef, Windigo Catering LP, Musselwhite Mine, Northwestern ON
6. Herbert Meuller, Retired Chef and Professor, George Brown College
7. Doris Miculan Bradley, Chef, Sommelier, and Professor, George Brown College
8. Dirk Noort, Executive Chef, Waterside Inn, Mississauga
9. Robert Roberge, Executive Chef, Holiday Inn, Oakville at Bronte
10. James Stewart, Executive Chef, The National Club
11. Greg Singh, Chef Instructor, George Brown College
12. Yvonne Van Der Male, General Manager, Senator Restaurant, Toronto
(From a press release)