The YMCA of the National Capital Region is thrilled to announce a culinary event that could only be held in Canada’s Capital: The Y Embassy Chef Showcase!

We are grateful to everyone who joined us on October 24, 2023 (United Nations Day), for the inaugural Y Embassy Chef Showcase. We enjoyed authentic dishes and beverages created by talented chefs from around the world in the spirit of friendly competition, cultural diversity and inclusion.

Congratulations to the Y Embassy Chef Showcase Award winners:

Embassy of Qatar
Winner of Judges' Choice and People's Choice Awards

Embassy of Czech Republic
Winner of Best Beverage

Embassy of Indonesia
Winner of Best-Dressed Booth

Best of all, the Y Embassy Chef Showcase helped raise over
$50,000 for vital Y programs and services!

Photos from the 2023 Y Embassy Chef Showcase

A World of Flavour! 

We were thrilled to welcome 11 embassies and chefs at the Y Embassy Chef Showcase:

  • Czech Republic
  • Philippines
  • Guatemala
  • Qatar
  • Guyana
  • Slovakia
  • Indonesia
  • Tunisia
  • Mexico
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Pakistan
  • Special Participation by United Nations



Honourary Chair, Margaret Dickenson

Margaret Dickenson is a world-renowned cookbook author, columnist and television host. Margaret earned a degree in foods and nutrition from the University of Guelph, and has traveled around the world with her late husband, Larry Dickenson, who served as a member of Canada's diplomatic corps.

Her cookbooks including From the Ambassador's Table and Margaret's Table - Easy Cooking & Inspiring Entertaining have been recognized with many international awards. For five years she hosted an award-winning cooking and entertaining show on Rogers television called Margaret's Sense of Occasion.

In 2011, Margaret was named as Alumna of Honour by the University of Guelph Alumni Association.

About the Cause

Since 1867, the YMCA of the National Capital Region has been at the centre of the community, helping people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities live engaging, more rewarding lives. A charity dedicated to the health of individuals, families and communities, the Y is proud to offer a wide variety of programs, including services for Newcomers to Canada, language assessment, emergency housing, summer camp, Second Stage Housing for at-risk youth, TRY women's housing, employment services, and so much more.

100% of the proceeds raised by the Y Embassy Chef Showcase will be put to work helping those who need it most within the National Capital Region. Your support helps our Y continue to provide vital programs and services to the families and children in our community that rely on them.


Thank you to our sponsors!

We are grateful to the generous sponsors of Y Embassy Chef Showcase.

Presenting Sponsor:


Platinum Sponsors:




Proveras Commercial Realty




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