Lambton culinary students Clarisse Gibbons and Jacob Douglas visit Blackburn Radio to show off their award winning sandwich. April 15, 2019.

Lambton culinary students a cut above

Culinary students at Lambton College brought samples of Ontario’s best veal sandwich to Blackburn Radio’s studios Monday morning.

Clarisse Gibbons and Jacob Douglas claimed the top prize in a provincial competition in February, along with $500 each.

“We had to do a competition in our class, and we came up with our sandwich a few days before the competition to present to our teachers,” said Gibbons. “Our teachers chose us as the winning sandwich among our class, so we got to go to Toronto and we won!”

The competition was sponsored by the Veal Farmers of Ontario and hosted by John Catucci of the Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here.”

Lambton culinary coordinator Alastair Mackay said it’s a tremendous honour for the students and the college.

“We actually got a sign to bring home with us saying “Best Veal Sandwich in Ontario,” so the students were just over-the-moon,” said Mackay. “You never go into these things anticipating winning, but you’re obviously optimistic and hopeful. It was a really close competition.”

Mackay said the award helps to validate what they do at Lambton College. He said even though they’re a small college, they can still do some really good things.

“We may not have the shiniest of kitchens or the most great of spaces, but when it comes to cooking, it’s all about really grassroots stuff, and you just need a few elements,” said Mackay. “You need food, you need some sort of fire or fuel to go with it, and as long as you have passion, I think you can compete against any of the big schools that are out there.”

Gibbons and Douglas competed against three other teams of two from Toronto-based schools.

Lambton culinary students Clarisse Gibbons and Jacob Douglas winning the Veal Farmers of Ontario Best Veal Sandwich award. February 25, 2019. (Photo by Alastair Mackay)

Lambton culinary students Clarisse Gibbons and Jacob Douglas winning the Veal Farmers of Ontario Best Veal Sandwich award. February 25, 2019. (Photo by Alastair Mackay)