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Ferguson - Third Best in the World

Posted: October 21, 2016

East St. Paul’s own Mackenzie Ferguson is officially a world-class chef.  

Ferguson took third in the 2016 Concours International des Jeunes Chefs Rotisseurs Competition in Manchester, England last month. 

Ferguson, who won the Canadian Young Chefs competition to advance to the International stage, said he was happy to simply make it that far.  

"My expectations for myself in this competition were simply to finish it,” he said in an email sent while still in England.  

"I just wanted to go in and show them how I cook and what I know. I didn’t expect to make the podium, but I am very happy that I did.”

Ferguson said competitors are given a black box that contains ingredients to prepare a three-course meal for four people in four hours. They have to create a menu and a work plan. For every minute you are late, you are deducted points, so your cooking has to be good, but your timing also has to be spot on.  

In addition to his third place finish, Ferguson was also awarded the highest kitchen award, which he said is awarded to the competitor judged to have the best kitchen etiquette and skill.  

The 25-year-old Ferguson said he began cooking in high school at Kildonan East Collegiate. He went to Red River for culinary arts and earned his     
Red Seal in 2011. He won the regional Young Chefs in 2014, but failed to medal at nationals that year. In 2015, he won gold at Nationals, which sent him to this year’s Manchester competition.  

He currently works at St. Charles Golf and Country Club under chef Takashi Murakami. Ferguson said Murakami has taught him plenty in the time they’ve worked together.

"He has been my mentor for the time that I have been there and I owe my progress to him,” he said.

Picture:  Ferguson, second from left, with his family, left to right, John, Carol and Johanna.


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