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Sports stars in the spotlight at CRFA Show

By Canadian Pizza   


Feb. 20, 2014, Toronto – Some of Canada’s Olympians and sports
stars will be making appearances at the CRFA Show. The show, presented by the
Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA), will take place March
2-4 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.


Cheryl Pounder and Becky Keller, who won gold medals on
Team Canada’s women’s hockey team at the 2006 Torino and 2002 Salt Lake City
Olympics, will be at the CRFA Show to sign autographs and meet and greet
members of Canada’s hospitality industry.

Hockey fans will also have the added treat of meeting
former Toronto Maple Leafs legends Darryl Sittler and Wendel Clark, who will
sign autographs and memorabilia. 

Pounder, Keller, Sittler and Clark will be at the PJB
Primeline booth and accepting donations for Friends of We Care, a charity
that sends deserving kids with disabilities to camp every year. Pounder and
Keller will appear March 4, while Sittler and Clark will appear March 3.

Summer Olympians Caleigh Whitaker and Kacie MacTavish from
Canada’s women's beach volleyball team will be at the AMJ Campbell booth on
March 2 and March 3 to meet show-goers and sign autographs. 

These high-performance athletes will be on the same show
floor as some of the world’s most decorated culinary Olympians, who will be
sharing their secrets to medal glory at the CRFA Show.

Ottawa Chef Judson Simpson has led Culinary Team Canada to
many medals at the World Culinary Olympics as former team manager. Simpson is
Canada’s first and only Certified Master Chef – the highest credential
bestowed in the culinary arts industry. He will share some of his favourite
recipes on stage.

Chef Graham Tinsley – a favourite chef of Prince Charles –
is flying to Canada for the event, where he will share his tips on how to compete
at high-level culinary competitions. He has led Team Wales to its highest
number of medals ever at the World Culinary Olympics.

Toronto Chef Brad Long knows a thing or two about feeding
athletes and fans. For 10 years he was executive chef for the Maple Leafs,
Raptors, and Toronto FC sports teams, where he fed more than 20 million fans
at stadiums, but also cooked game-day meals and executed nutrition plans for
athletes. At the CRFA Show, he will share his experiences in a seminar on
cooking for professional athletes.

The CRFA Show is a trade-only event. Registration is free
for current CRFA members and just $40 for other industry delegates. Hospitality
professionals who register before Feb. 25 will be entered into a draw to win
vintage Sittler and Clark jerseys, which they can have autographed in person
at the show.

Registration is open at





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