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SD42 student-chef wins silver at nationals

Photo credit: Skills Compétences Canada


Samuel Robertson Technical student-chef Julia Broda won a silver medal in the cooking/cuisine category at the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition in Halifax last week.

After she finished preparing her dishes, Broda says she had butterflies while waiting for the results from the cooking/cuisine category to be announced. 

“When British Columbia was called with my name I was so relieved and just excited to run on to that stage proudly holding British Columbia’s flag. I was so happy on stage knowing I made my coach/chef, family and friends so proud to have even gotten that far,” she said.

Silver medal-winner Julia Broda and chef Mike Steele.

More than 550 competitors from across Canada participated at the SCNC in over 40 skills trade and technology events. 

Broda, who is a fan of cooking challenge TV shows like Master Chef and Chopped, enjoys competing in the kitchen. “It was stressful at times during the competitions and throughout the three to four months while practicing the recipes for regionals, provincials and national [but] overall it was a fun experience in each level,” she said. “In the end, this was a once in a lifetime experience.”

Skills Compétences Canada 2020 will be hosted in Vancouver and Broda says she’s excited about possibly competing in the post-secondary category.

“Congratulations to Julia on a fantastic showing at the Skills Canada Nationals. According to SRT instructor chef Mike Steele, she was on top of her game the entire time and competed like a true champion,” said Brad Dingler, secondary school apprenticeship and trades co-ordinator. “This is the third year in a row one of Chef Steel’s students have won a national medal. We are extremely proud.”

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