Calgary cook wins Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Foundation after competition at Vancouver Community College

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      Over the past five years, Vancouver chef David Hawksworth has won more honours than virtually any other restaurateur, including Best Chef in last year's Georgia Straight Golden Plates Awards.

      He also gives back to the community through the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Foundation.

      The foundation announced that this year's winner is Ian MacDougall of Calgary's Model Milk Bistro after a competition over the weekend at Vancouver Community College.

      According to a statement issued by the foundation, MacDougall "wowed the judges with his dish of roasted squab with lobster agnolotti, nasturtium braised endive and squab jus".

      The 23-year-old takes home $10,000 and has the chance to stage at an international kitchen. Cynthia Iaboni of Montreal's Restaurant Le Serpent was named Le Creuset's Rising Star, winning $5,000.

      The event attracted 37 competitors, with eight young chefs making the finals.

      “We’re thrilled that we were able to take the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Foundation truly national this year,” Hawksworth said in the statement. “Every year we are so impressed with the calibre of contestants and this year has once again shown us exceptional talent amongst the brightest young stars of Canada’s culinary scene.”

      TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Card, Gordon Food Service, and Le Creuset were the sponsors.