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Okanagan College Culinary students are set to compete in The Young Chefs event.

If you want to get in on the ground floor of the region’s next generation of hot culinary talent, tuck into Okanagan College’s two signature events of the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival.

On October 10, Quebec’s Alexis de Portneuf — one of the world’s finest cheese makers — is challenging 10 young BC Interior chefs to create an appetizer, main or dessert, using some of the firm’s prize-winning cheeses. The competing chefs, from area restaurants and Okanagan College’s Culinary Arts students, work their magic in partnership with area wineries to create complimentary tastes to impress attendees and judges.

“It’s good for young chefs to get out there and get their names recognized—it raises the profile of both the chef and the place that they work,” says Stuart Klassen, executive chef of the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and president of the Okanagan Chef’s Association. He will be there mentoring his own young Delta Grand chef in the competition, Hayden Duval.

The Young Chefs event starts at 6:30 p.m., in the Atrium of the Centre for Learning on the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College.

Tickets are $60 and available at www.thewinefestivals.com/tickets.

The 11th Annual Culinary Student Wine Dinner set for October 11 is sold out. The event set in Infusions Restaurant on the Okanagan College Kelowna Campus continues to be one of the hottest tickets in the wine festival calendar.