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‘Emergency Top Chef’: Canadian Red Cross Holds “Disaster Dining” Cook-Off To Encourage Public To Create 72-Hour Supply Kits

August 5th, 2010 · 2 Comments

On this blog, we’re always on the lookout all over the continent (and the world) for fun and creative preparedness ideas. One I just read about is a “Disaster Dining” cook-off held yesterday by the Red Cross in Atlantic Canada.

According to an article in the Telegraph Journal of St. John, New Brunswick, the Red Cross invited three teams of cooks and gave them the challenge of cooking a meal using only non-perishable ingredients. The event — aimed at promoting the value of creating a 72-hour emergency kit — was held at a local Walmart which has been working with the Red Cross in August to raise awareness and funds for emergency preparedness:

The winning team was Lily’s Café executive chef Jake Guptill and sous-chef Nick Shaw, who prepared a dessert of peaches with honey, mixed fruit and various spreads and a main course of chicken vegetable fajitas.

Guptill said the team’s strategy was to keep it simple and incorporate all of the food groups…Mayor Ivan Court and Neil Bauman, a shelter adviser with the Red Cross, judged the dishes and chose Lily’s Café as the winner. Court said that, for him, taste won out when he was deciding who should win.

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Nick Shaw and Jake Guptill won the Red Cross’ “Disaster Dining” cook-off using only non-perishable food found in a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit. (Photo: Kâté Braydon/Telegraph-Journal).

Thanks to the Twitter feed @Steveisready for bringing this story to my attention.

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