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Culinary Competition

APRIL 26, 2022

Culinary Students Dish It Out at the 2022 Kraft Heinz Iron Chef Competition

On April 26th 2022, 24 talented students demonstrated their skills by competing for the title of Iron Chef in the annual Kraft Heinz Iron Chef competition at Humber. This year’s competitors represented the breadth of Humber’s program offerings, including Baking and Pastry Arts Management, Culinary Management and Culinary Skills.

iron chef contestants

Watch this video to view the 2022 Iron Chef Culinary Competition.

The Winners

Team Humberlicious wins the Iron Chef Culinary Competition held at Humber College Tuesday April 26, 2022. The winning team comprised of chefs Yannick Charette, Mariel Quiambao, Quang Bach Pham, Zainab Waheed. They beat out 5 other teams with their 3 delicious dishes: Vegan Pad Thai, Chicken 3-way and Ube Cannoli with Ice Cream.

Team Humberlicious smiling and standing in front of the Kraft Heinz logo

Humberlicious celebrating their win

Watch the video to see the winning team's reaction upon finding out that they won.

Our Judges

The tasting judges for this year include Thomas Heitz, Corporate chef of Kraft Heinz, Dave Godfrey, Director of Culinary for Firkin group of Pubs and Alex Fineberg, Director of Culinary Operations for Shoeless Joe's Limited. Kitchen judges include Humber College's own Chef Instructors Francisco Rivera, George Taluri and Matt Fulton. 

Alex Fineberg

Dave Godfrey

Francisco Rivera

George Taluri

Matt Fulton

Thomas Heitz

Meet the Contestants

iron chef contestant smiling

Watch this video to get to know our Iron Chef contestants.

random dishes in 3 minutes

We challenged our contestants to make a dish from randomly grouped ingredients. Watch this video to see what they make!

Our Competitors

To begin 11 teams registered to join the 2022 competition and had to create and submit a menu & recipe package based on specific criteria. After a rigorous elimination process 6 teams of 4 students moved forward to compete for the title of Humber Iron Chef. The menus had to have a theme of "Comfort Food Re-invented" and had to have one plant-forward course. There were a few mandatory ingredients that had to be incorporated, but the big reveal was this years "secret ingredient" that they had to showcase in their menu, on the day of the competition.


  • Koby Kuloththunkan 
  • Mona Khorasaninejad 
  • Anthony Ciciotti 
  • Karishma Mehta 

Memento Mori

  • Elaine Aya
  • Julia Marie Ilano
  • Shyanna Johnston
  • Kiaya Harkness

East India Co. (EIC)

  • Himanshu Surve
  • Mark Mulholland
  • Rushi Jayswal
  • Shubham Divekar


  • Yannick Charette
  • Quang Bach Pham
  • Mariel Quiambao
  • Zainab Waheed


  • Cezar Yambao
  • Patricia Gjeanne Reyes
  • Rizalee Pascual
  • Jirose Lumbo

Baked Off

  • Jacqueline Elcorrobarrutia
  • Marisa soares
  • William Flitton
  • Kyra Kostynk

See the Excitement from Previous Competitions