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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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