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Youth Can Cook Competition

Showcase your culinary artistry in this Markham Cooking Competition! Join us in these exciting rounds of virtual competition and in-person demonstration and win awesome prizes with over $7,000 in total value!

About the Contest

One of the major purposes of Youth Can Cook (YCC) is to support young entrepreneurs in the food and beverages industry by showcasing their talents through the competition.

Cook a dish following the requirements, and take a video to show everyone! We will select the best ones to the second round, where you will finish cooking them in front of our judge panel. The winner will get prizes that include cash, utensils/products/service and for professionally trained winner, a special event named after the winner at YES Café with honorarium (for professionally trained entrants).

The entrant is to prepare a main course using two or more food ingredients available at a typical supermarket. One of the ingredients must be a main source of protein, and another must be a vegetable or a fruit. There is no upper limit on the number of ingredients in the dish. A main course is considered to be sufficient in portion, and distribution of ingredient components, to be considered the primary dish of a multi-course meal or the only dish of a meal.

In a youth who is enthusiastic about cooking, we look for one's demonstration of culinary know-hows and being able to cook a dish that is nutritious and creative. In a young chef, we look for one's organized approach to working with ingredients innovatively, and a sense of enterprise.

Sections & Entry Fees

Youth Can Cook Competition is consisted of 2 sections:
(I) Professional section
Professionally trained young chef under the age of 40 can participate in this section. They can bring in one assistant to the cooking competition who must also be under the age of 40.
(II) Open section
Any individuals who are interested can participate. They can enter as an individual or as a team of max. 3 members. In both cases, the individual entrants or at least one member of the team entrants must be under the age of 40. The purpose of this age limit is to promote youth and young adult participation in cooking.
An entry fee may apply depends on the section you have chosen.
(I)  Professional session - $50
(II) Open session - Free

Our Judges

We are privileged to have Mr. Frederick Oh, Mr. Ramesh Poredi, Mr. William Morrow, Mr. Baron Hau and Ms. Susan Hua to be the judges for the competition. They are all experienced chefs and dietitian.

Mr. Frederick Oh

Frederick founded the Richmond Hill Culinary Arts Centre with the aim of promoting culinary arts for cooking enthusiast at all levels.

He began his culinary journey in baking and pastry back in Singapore and later on his interest started to lean towards cooking. He then made the pilgrimage to Italy and started to acquire not only the cooking techniques but also the passion for fine cuisine. Over the years, he has represented Canada in various international culinary events and competitions, notably, the Culinary Olympics and Expo Gast Culinary World Cup, Hotel Asia, and sanctioned competitions in the USA. He is currently the team coach for the Trillium Culinary Team and participates as an International Culinary Judge.

Mr. Ramesh Poredi

Ramesh is the Professor for the Hospitality Program in School of Hospitality and Tourism. He has a Degree in Culinary Operations, Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Certified Nutrition Manager, Certified Wedding Planner, Diploma in Food Service and Nutrition Management, and have been in the Hospitality industry for 35 years and been teaching for 11 years at Seneca.

Before he joined Seneca, he worked in the Hospitality Industry for major hotel chain companies around the world. Teaching hospitality program with global culinary and food and beverage perspective is his vision.

Mr. William Morrow

William graduated from University of Guelph Hospitality Management program many moons ago. He has been a Kelsey’s franchisee for 25 years and currently have 3 locations. Kelsey’s Woodbine, Montana’s Brandon MB and Swiss Chalet/Harvey’s in Brandon MB. Sales of 7.5 million and employed approximately 150 staff and 10 full-time managers pre Covid. He has worked in Markham for 25 years and has been involved in local baseball leagues. He has also sponsored numerous teams and events in the community. 

Personally, he lives in Newmarket, married with a 12-year-old son Ashton.  He also has 2 BBQs and a Oklahoma Joe split log smoker at home that are close to his heart. He enjoys sunny days on the deck BBQing all year long. He hasn't met many foods he does not enjoy and looks forward to the event.

Mr. Baron Hau

Baron Hau is the founding chef Instructor of Gusta Cooking Studio. He is classically French trained in cuisine and pastry from the renowned Le Cordon Bleu before he paved his path under the guidance of chefs coming from Michelin star restaurants and MOFs.  A pastry lover himself, Baron’s culinary training also empowers him in the realm of gustatory and olfactory explorations beyond ordinary sweetness.

Attending trade shows every year to keep global trends abreast, he also strives to bring in the newest concepts, tools, and ingredients to create and let create tasteful results.  He believes that connecting people's love of food will make the world a better place.

Ms. Sosan Hua

Sosan Hua is a Registered Dietitian (RD), Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), founder of Simply Sosan and a proud mother of 2 little girls.  She has over 17 years of experience working as a private dietitian and has recently taken on an additional role as a director of training for a global weight loss program.  A trusted nutrition expert, Sosan has been featured in different media in print, TV interview and weekly radio segment on A1 radio.   Through her passion and devotion to disease prevention and integrative health, Sosan has created many online programs to serve clients on a global scale.  Most recently, she also launched the Simply Wellness Inner Circle Program, a private membership program with members from around the world to inspire them to reclaim their own health through daily mindful habits.


There are multiple ways to win prizes back home.

Professional Section

Three winners will be selected by our professional judges

1st Place:

$2500 value

1st Place Trophy
Cash Prize ($1000)
Utensils / appliances / products ($500 value)
Host a spectacular dining event at YES Café, headlining with your name. ($1000 honorarium)

2nd Place:

$1700 value

2nd Place Trophy
Cash Prize ($700)
Utensils / appliances / products ($300 value)
Host a spectacular dining event at YES Café, headlining with your name. ($700 honorarium)

3rd Place:

$1000 value

3rd Place Trophy
Cash Prize ($300)
Utensils / appliances / products ($200 value)
Host a spectacular dining event at YES Café, headlining with your name. ($500 honorarium)

Open Section

Three winners will be selected by our professional judges

1st Place:

$600 value

1st Place Trophy
Cash Prize ($300)
Utensils / appliances / products ($300 value)

2nd Place:

$400 value

2nd Place Trophy
Cash Prize ($200)
Utensils / appliances / products ($200 value)

3rd Place:

$200 value

3rd Place Trophy
Cash Prize ($100)
Utensils / appliances / products ($100 value)

People's Choice Awards

Top 10 videos of each section will be selected by our judges and posted to our FB page for public voting.

Winning Entrant:

$200 value

People's Choice Trophy
Cash Prize ($200)

Winning Voter*

$100 value

Cash Prize ($100)
*Winning Voter will be selected by lucky draw.

Competition Schedule

Submission of videos by entrants: 
April 19 (Mon) 9 am – July 31 (Sat)
Announcement of final entrants: 
August 3 (Tue)
Invitation of shortlisted entrants to do onsite final step cooking for judges’ tasting: 
August 5 (Thu) – August 9 (Mon)
Posting of the shortlisted entrant videos on FB for public voting: 
August 10 (Tue) - August 25 (Wed) 5pm
First winner cooking demonstration and award presentation: 
August 28 (Sat)
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Our Partners


YES Café

YES Café is located in MWC. The Café serves as an incubation, on-the-job learning and acceleration food and beverage laboratory. It is also a “real” café for young entrepreneurs to run their respective businesses as event planner, and food, beverage and dessert specialists.



MPCC and MWC enter into an innovative strategic partnership with Business with Higher Purpose (BHP) in establishing the YES Café in supporting Young Entrepreneur Start-ups (in acronym as YES).

From the MPCC perspective, the Café is a youth outreach platform that provides a Christian environment where every youth can feel welcome to explore and maximize their potentials in the essential aspects of life with the support of Christian business leaders. For BHP, the Café is a platform to connect local and global business networks where each venture serves as an incubation and acceleration hub for young entrepreneurial start-ups in Canada.

Sponsor us

Don’t miss this valuable chance of outreaching to your audience and clients by sponsoring Youth Can Cook Competition
It is part of Markham Carnival, one the largest summer events in Markham.
We attract and engage youths enthusiastic about cooking.
We focus and invest in digital advertisement to promote the event to the targeted audience.
We maximize social media traffic by hosting People’s Choice online voting on social media.
Our programs will be livestreamed to local and global communities.

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