Men Who Cook


Location:  Holiday Inn, Point Edward

Time:  6:30 p.m. (dinner at 7:30 p.m.)

Tickets: $90 (table of eight $720);  as always cooks’ tickets are complimentary.

NEW:  You can purchase tickets any time.  Buy tickets (cooks only until January 5th).  Electronic tickets will be sent automatically.  For a table of eight, simply email a copy of the ticket to each guest.  Remember we need to know guest names before the event.  Tickets can also be purchased by phone or in person, by credit card, cheque or cash.

Seating (NEW):  See the room layout Seating Chart.  Once you have paid for your table of eight you are invited to select your preferred table (and cook station).  Email your preference to

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See photos from our 2017 event.

About Men Who Cook Gala Night

Men Who Cook is a unique experience where invited guests enjoy food prepared by men who are leaders in the community.  It’s upscale yet casual, with lively entertainment and creative fundraising built in, but above all it is astonishingly great food.

Each cook prepares a dish ahead, enough to serve about 80 appetizer sized portions, and transports it to the Dante Club where he will serve it. The event includes a reception hour with appetizers and wine sampling followed by dinner.  Guests go to any number of cooks for sample size portions.  Cooks are with their guests or mingling with the crowd except when they are serving their food.

All our tickets are sold through cooks and committee members, so cooks are encouraged to promote the event to their friends and associates. It is a great way to enjoy great food and entertainment with friends or to entertain clients.

We hope that gives you a sense of how it works, and we hope you find it something you’d like to join!  Please contact us if you’d like more information. We generally have an orientation session for new cooks as well to review the way things work and paint a clearer picture.

Our next Men Who Cook experience is on February 24, 2018, at the Holiday Inn, Point Edward.

Many thanks to our 2018 Major Sponsors and Supporting Sponsors

Event Sponsor
Entertainment Sponsor Auction Sponsor
Floral Sponsor Design Sponsor Print Sponsor Dessert Sponsor


The cooks of 2017

Winners of the 2017 ‘People’s Choice Awards

In the “Amateur” Category:

  1. Jason Harris – Rack of Lamb with Maple Bourbon Sauce (first overall)
  2. Joel Eagleson – Chicken Piccatta

In the “New Cook Amateur” Category:

  1. Henk VandenEnde – Dutch Curried Coconut Shrimp on Basmati Rice with Sweet Peas (second overall)

In the “Professional” Category:

  1. John Stathis – Ribs

2017 Sponsors and Donors

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2016 Cooks

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 2015 Cooks

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2015 Guests   2015 Cooks  2015 Misc

2014 Pictures | 2013 Pictures | 2012 Pictures | 2011 Pictures | 2010 Pictures

Previous People’s Choice Award Winners

Winners of the 2016 ‘People’s Choice Awards’

In the “Amateur” Category:

  1. Jason Harris – Salt Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Port & Expresso Reduction (first overall)
  2. Sam Wallis (new cook) – Beer Jalepeno Cheddar Soup (second overall)

In the “Professional” Category:

  1. Paresh Thakkar – Savoury Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Pancake with Maple Basil Cashew Pesto
  2. Donald Traxler – Pork Belly Crostini

 Winners of the 2015 ‘People’s Choice Awards’

In the “Amateur” Category:

  1. Paul Haggerty – Seafood Chowder
  2. Rory Ring – Imperial City Dim Sum Dumplings

In the “Professional” Category:

  1. The Cheese Store (Murray Budden) – Double Smoked Gourmet Bacon and Artisan Blue Cheese Cake (first overall)
  2. Personal Touch Catering (Paresh Thakkar) – Singapore Style Noodle Stirfry with Seafood

Winners of the 2014 People’s Choice Awards

In the professional category

  1. The Cheese Store Three – Brie and Mushroom Puff Pastry, Gourmet Lobster Mac and Cheese, Spectacular Cheesecake
  2. Donald Traxler (Watermark Bistro) – Maple Smoked Salmon Crustini

In the Amateur Category

  1. Huron House Boys’ Home – Broccoli Salad
  2. Jeff Hodgins – Lobster Bisque

Winners of the 2013 People’s Choice Awards

  1. Smoked Chicken Lasagne – Jason Cormier
  2. Purdy’s Pickerel and Sweet Potato – Jason McMichael
  3. Bacon, Bacon, Bacon – Rory Ring

Honourable Mention: Grilled Cheese Panini – Murray Budden

Winners of the 2012 People’s Choice Awards

  1. Chicken Quinoa Soup With Mini Cornmeal Muffins – Don Smith
  2. Scalloped Mushrooms – Bob Jackson
  3. Gyro Sliders With Tzatziki Sauce – John Ruffilli

Winners of the 2011 People’s Choice Awards

  1. Braided Cedar-Plank Salmon – Jason Harris
  2. Mama Jagoo’s Curry Chicken And Rice – Fabien Jagoo
  3. Bloomin’ Scallops – Rory Ring

Winners of the 2010 People’s Choice Awards

  1. Braided Cedar-Plank Salmon – Jason Harris
  2. Ginger Coconut Wonton Soup – Marty Raaymakers
  3. Seafood Boats / Crepes – Reg Raes