Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sign up now for our Fall Culinary Boot Camp!

Hello all you Foodies!  Hope everyone is enjoying this summer.

Once again Liaison College Hamilton Campus has their Culinary Boot Camp running this fall.  Our next Boot Camp start date is Thursday September 25th 2014 and it will run for 10 weeks (every Thursday night) and ends November 27th 2014.... Just in time for you to be the "one with the new skills and talents" for those December Christmas parties!  

Check out our NEW WEBSITE at onto the Recreational Classes section... and if you are interested in joining us for this September Boot Camp..give us a call at the school.. and let's get you cooking!

29 appies in two hours- it's a record!

Brett set the record today for the greatest number of appetizers created - 29 in all - for his Cook Advanced appetizer test.

Students are required to produce at least ten different appetizers in the course of two hours. Nine apps doesn't cut it, and the student won't be marked. Chef presents them with the same challenge three days in a row- they are not permitted to duplicate any tidbits they have already made in the previous days, and cannot feature the same ingredients from one day to the next.

 Brett's class had a slow start on Tuesday when Chef Dan presented the first day's challenge, as students put their heads together to collaborate on the groceries for the week. By the third round today though, they all exceeded the required number of dishes, with Brett pulling off almost three times what he needed to complete his final appetizer test.

Visit our Facebook page to view more photos of the students and their appetizers from this week's classes. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014


We are looking forward to hosting everyone at Liaison College Hamilton next week for h'ors d'oeuvres, live music, cash bar and silent auction. If you have called ahead to reserve tickets, you can pick them up at the door on Wednesday evening- CASH OR CHEQUE only please.

If you are still sitting on the fence about attending, maybe this preview of items and services from the silent auction will help you decide. We are also grateful for any monetary donations to Chef's family to assist in the cost of retrofitting their house so he is able to return home. Call us at 905-308-9333 for more information.

Spice of Life” Fundraiser Event for Chef Bill Sharpe
June 25th 2014: 7 - 11 pm

Let’s have some fun, raise some money and find some unique and fun items to take home…
(cheque or cash please)

Sandra Lee Baking Book with a set of Baking Tools.. (Value for Set $ 60.00)/Starting Bid $ 40.00

Master Class & Professional Cake Decorator Book Set (Value $ 165.00)/Starting Bid $80.00

Cooking Basics for Dummies & Summer Cocktails Book Set (Value $ 51.00) /Starting Bid $ 30.00

Gluten Free for Dummies & Cooking for Special Diets Set (Value $109.00)/Starting Bid $ 75.00

Elements of Desserts Book (Value $ 90.00) /Starting Bid $ 45.00

Professional Cooking / 8th Edition (Value $120.00) / Starting Bid $ 60.00

Chef @ Home for 4… evening event.. Chef Steve Djelfi (Value $200.00) /Starting Bid $ 100.00

Chef’s Table for 6 in the Kitchen @ Liaison College with Chef Dan Notley (Value $ 300.00)
Starting Bid $ 200.00

A framed watercolour painting of the Laurentian Mountains and The Ottawa River, painted and donated by Bryan Raymond (Value $200.00)/ Starting Bid $ 75.00

Mixed Media” painting by Linda Blakney (Value $500.00) /Starting Bid $ 200.00

Sunflower” Acrylic Painting(a set/2) painted by Jan Gilbert (Value $ 300.00)
Starting Bid $100.00

Roy Timm Photography.. portrait sitting (Value $200) / Starting Bid $ 100.00

Helicopter Ride over Niagara Falls for 2 through Niagara Helicopter Tours  (Value $ 270.00)
/ Starting Bid $150.00

Full Page AD Space in the Niagara Escarpment Views Magazine for the Autumn issue (including ad creation services) (Value $ 2399.00) / Starting Bid $ 500.00 (amazing value!!)

Liaison College/Hamilton Boot Camp Workshop (10 weeks/1 night a week) for 1 person
(Value $1017.00/includes professional textbook) / Starting Bid $ 300.00

4 hours of Gardening Services from Katrina Simmons (Value $ 80.00) /Starting Bid $ 40.00

Pre-Teen/Teen Basket of Beauty Goodies donated by Shoppers Drug Mart (Value $15.00)
Starting Bid $ 5.00

A Beauty Brush Package from QUO..with Make Up Colours from donated by the Milena Kojic from Shoppers Drug Mart (Value $ 150 ) /Starting Bid $ 75.00

Bath Products from Shoppers Drug Mart (Value $ 50.00) /Starting Bid $ 20.00

Cooking Copperware by Alsace France…Baumalu Copper Fish Poacher donated by Mary Romeo (Value $700.00) / Starting Bid $ 200.00 (Amazing Value!!!)

A pair of Stratford Tickets for either King John or Mother Courage (your choice), plus an after-theatre meeting with star Seana McKenna at the stage door. donated by one of Stratford’s starring actors… Seana McKenna. (Value $ 175.00) /Starting Bid $ 85.00

2 seats at the Go Cooking Chef’s Table Event, donated by The Hamilton Spectator (Value $ 100.00)
Starting Bid $ 50.00

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Appies inspired by Ontario greenhouse veggies

Brett fills cucumber boats with bruschetta.
Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) hosted a competition between Liaison campuses in Toronto today. After preliminary rounds at their individual schools, five semi-finalists recreated their appetizer dishes at Cirillo's Culinary Academy on Dundas Street West.

The panel of judges included chefs Christine Cushing (of Food Network fame) and John Cirillo, CCC (owner of this state-of-the-art recreational cooking school), along with self-professed foodies Jim Veri (greenhouse grower and board member of OGVG) and Elmer Buchanan (former Ontario Minister of Agriculture and Food, and chair of the Greenhouse Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee).

Our AM Cook Basic students made the trek into Toronto to cheer on their classmate Brett as he got the experience of his first (but likely not his last) culinary competition.

To see more photos visit our Facebook page.
Some of the classmates that came out to support Brett in Toronto -
Clockwise from back: Brett (with hat), Don,  Melissa, Deborah and
Elizabeth, with their instructor Chef Steve Djerfi (right) 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mark your calendar, and book your tickets!

Come on out and help support Chef Bill Sharpe at our "Spice of Life" cocktail party. 

We've consulted with our chefs, set the menu and booked the band. Now we need to know how many people we are feeding! Please book your tickets in advance. Drop in to the school between 8am and 4pm Mon - Thurs., or call us so we can hold them for you. 

What's this all about? Check out our previous post: The Spice of Life 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

the SPICE OF LIFE (needs a little more salt) - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 - 7 to 11 pm

 We here at Liaison College Hamilton campus would like to invite you to come and help us support our Chef Bill Sharpe, his wife Misty Ingraham and his sons Barrett and Zander in this time of need. 

On Monday February 10th 2014, Chef Bill Sharpe suffered a massive stroke at his home and was rushed to the Hamilton General hospital. With his family by his side and our Liaison College Hamilton Campus family awaiting his diagnosis, the unthinkable truth came to be. Chef Bill Sharpe will not be coming back to his Liaison College family nor going home to his family at this point and he will be going through some tough and sometimes frustrating trials and tribulations of a Stroke Recovery. 

This is obviously a devastating blow to his wife, his children and his immediate family and friends. There are times when we all need to pull together, to lend a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen to and a helping hand to support and encourage our family members whether they be immediate family and relatives or close nit friends and colleagues.
With this thought in mind, Liaison College Hamilton is having a Fundraising Event called “The Spice of Life” on Wednesday June 25th 2014. This event will be from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm and we will have all of Chef Bill’s favourite catering items, a cash bar (with 1 free drink ticket with your event ticket purchase), live entertainment, door prizes and a silent auction. Tickets are $30.00 (please purchase in advance) and monies raised will go to the Sharpe/Ingraham family. 

 If you are not able to attend but wish to contribute to the fundraising event, Liaison College Hamilton will also accept donations on behalf of Chef Bill Sharpe and Misty Ingraham. We have set up a trust account in Misty's name for this specific event.

 With monies raised on this night, it will be our goal to assist Misty with the necessary retrofit of their house so that Chef Bill can finally go home and be with his family. A homecare assistant for Chef Bill will also be needed and with your ticket purchase or donation, these monies raised will go a long way in reaching that goal.

So please come and join us on Wednesday June 25th 2014 and help us support our long time LC family member Chef Bill Sharpe, and his family.

Call our Liaison College Hamilton office at (905) 308-9333 to purchase your tickets in advance or to make a donation. Please 'like' our Facebook page (“Liaison College Hamilton”) so that you can be updated on new and exciting details of our upcoming fundraiser event.

Nicole Harrison

Nicole Harrison