Students in the Culinary and Resort and Hotel Management programs are busy planning Top Chef Nelson which comes to the Tenth Street Campus on March 13.

Top Chef Nelson returns at Selkirk College

The sixth annual Top Chef Nelson arrives to Selkirk College on March 13.

Four teams, 16 tastes from around the world and you get to decide a winner.

The sixth annual Top Chef Nelson arrives to Selkirk College on March 13. Students invite the community to Mary Hall at the Tenth Street Campus for an evening of amazing tastes, fine wine and a spirited competition that will play out before your eyes. In the end, it’s you that chooses the evening’s top team.

“I look forward to Top Chef all year because it is the most engaging and interactive event that we host,” says Harry Pringle, Selkirk College instructor and event coordinator.

Four teams from Selkirk College’s Culinary Program have created their menus from scratch to reflect four different cultural destinations: Greek, Irish, French and New Orleans. A ticket for Top Chef includes the opportunity to taste 16 different culinary delights prepared by the four teams. Ticket holders then have the voting power in awarding such titles as Best Bite, Best Presentation, Best Dessert and Best Overall.

Resort and Hotel Management Program (RHOT) students will be the hosts for the evening and help guide people through each of the stations. The culinary students’ ambitious creations will be paired with the exceptional esthetic of the hospitality students in an evening that has become a staple of the region’s social calendar.

“Top Chef is truly the highlight of our year,” says Kathryn Dumont, a second year RHOT student. “As an RHOT student, I love getting the chance to work with the culinary students to see how talented they are and seeing what we can do together.”

Not only do the students get a chance to win, but ticket holders also have the option to participate in a raffle where many exciting prizes are up for grabs. All proceeds from the evening go towards the Culinary and Resort and Hotel Management programs’ development.

Top Chef is one of Selkirk College’s most successful events and has sold out every year. A ticket for an evening at Top Chef costs either $45 or $55 with alcoholic beverage pairings included. Tickets can be purchased at Culinary Conspiracy (610 Baker Street), by phone through Selkirk College at 250-505-1306, or by email at

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