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Culinary Competition

APRIL 25, 2023

Culinary Students Dish It Out at the 2023 Kraft Heinz Iron Chef Competition

On April 25, 2023, 28 talented students demonstrated their skills by competing for the title of Iron Chef in the annual Kraft Heinz Iron Chef competition at Humber College. This year's competitors represented the breadth of Humber's program offerings including Baking and Pastry Arts Management, Culinary Management and Culinary Skills. Each team prepared a 3-course menu that had the food theme of "Accessible Ethnic Inspired." The students had the opportunity to showcase their learned culinary skills while highlighting various globally inspired cuisines. ​

The top 3 teams won cash prizes & products thanks to the generous sponsorship of Kraft Heinz.​

A few mandatory ingredients had to be incorporated into their dishes and, on the day of the competition, the teams were asked to incorporate a secret ingredient.

iron chef contestants

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

2023 Winners

Team ITSUMO wins the Iron Chef Culinary Competition held at Humber College April 25, 2023. The winning team comprised of chefs Cezar Z Yambao, Joshua Talamayan, Siegfried II Tana, and Joshua Aeron Agcaoili. They beat out 6 other teams with their 3 delicious dishes. Second place goes to Team Asian No 1, third place goes to Team Fuego, and Team Titans received an Honourable Mention.

Winning culinary student team posing in front of Kraft Heinz sign

Chairman, Chef Thomas Heitz

Our Chairman

The Chairman and Host of this year's Iron Chef Competition is Thomas Heitz, Corporate Chef of Kraft Heinz.

Our Judges

Kitchen judges include the owner of the Michelin Star restaurant Frilu and Chef John-Vincent Troiano (Humber Alumni) and Humber College's own culinary Instructors Francisco Rivera CCC (Humber Alumni) and George Taluri. ​

Tasting judges for 2023 are Rob Yu, Executive Chef at Yokai Izakaya(Humber Alumni, past Iron Chef competitor) Dacyion Reid, Private Meals Chef and Caterer (Humber Alumni , 2x Iron Chef winner) and Jeff Dell, Corporate Executive Chef at Foodtastic

Kitchen Judge, John-Vincent Troiano

Kitchen Judge, Francisco Rivera

Kitchen Judge, George Taluri

Tasting Judge, Rob Yu

Tasting Judge, Dacyion Reid

Tasting Judge, Jeff Dell

Our Competitors

Seven teams comprising of four Culinary Students each competed for the winning title of the 2023 Kraft- Heinz Humber Culinary Iron Chef Competition. ​

  • Each team prepared a 3-course menu that had the food them of "Accessible Ethnic Inspired" as we wanted our students to showcase their learned culinary skills while highlighting various globally inspired cuisines. ​
  • Top 3 teams won cash prizes & products thanks to Kraft Heinz Sponsorship​

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.

Black Eyes Peas

  • Madyson Brown
  • Matthew Daley
  • Jake Ulbikas
  • Eric Buchyns


  • Shubham Divekar
  • Mayank Kohli
  • Himanshu Surve
  • Rushi Jayswal


  • Lauren Stevens
  • Barbara Couto
  • Giulianna Espinosa
  • Isabella Torchia

Asian NO 1

  • Yuyeol Kim
  • Ma Kristine Kaye Creus
  • Le Cam Tien Doan
  • Manylle Gabionza

Red Hot Chili Preppers

  • Anthony Ciciotti
  • Denise Angela Leyco
  • Shierelou R. Elauria
  • Mohit Dhayarkar

The Kitchen Bandits

  • Koby Kuloththunkan
  • Karishma Mehta
  • Mona Khorasaninejad
  • Neda Tavakoli Dastjerdi


  • Cezar Z Yambao
  • Joshua Talamayan
  • Siegfried II Tana
  • Joshua Aeron Agcaoili