Event Postponed

As a result of events relating to COVID-19 the TOP HOME CHEFS Gala planned for April 18, 2020 was postponed. Our planning committee will continue to review the situation as it changes and develop possibilities for this event to be rescheduled.


On behalf of the THC Gala Planning Committee and Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council, we thank you for your continued support. We are committed to communicating with all our stakeholders once we have developed a plan to move forward.


Ticket Holders and sponsors your contributions remain intact and we will honor them at our next event.


KW Legacy and the Top Home Chef planning team are committed to providing an event that maintains the core values and experience of our Top Home Chef Gala. We apologize for any inconvenience and assure you further communication to guide all our stakeholders in the near future. 

Event Overview

So what happens when 50 “home chefs” volunteer to prepare samples of their signature dishes for 450 gala attendees? An evening of fun and fellowship in support of the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council!   Guests had the opportunity to sample and judge the food along with a panel of celebrity judges including Chef D, Dana Short, Nick Benninger and Chef Scotty.  Awards for best appetizer, soup/salad, main and desserts were given out, including prized champion jackets.  Live and silent auction items were up for grabs, keynote speakers deliver inspiring messages, and the evening ends with a live band and dance.  The 2018 and 2019 Galas were sell-out events that raised a combined $90,000 for the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention council. 

Click here to see all the 2019 event photos!


Want to Be a Chef?

Have a dish that you think could win an award? Interested in participating in a fun-filled night while raising money for a local charity? Check out the chef information page or email tophomechef2020@gmail.com for more information on how you can become a Top Home Chef.  Plenty of photos of the event, dishes, and chefs can found “Legacy Events” menu above. 


2019 Chefs in Action:


2018 Chefs in Action:



Table and Sponsorship Opportunities

Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council (WRSPC) has been selected as the Top Home Chef Gala (KW Legacy) charity recipient. Our goal is to raise $40,000 to support WRSPC.  Contact jeffmay@sentrygroup.ca to reserve any of the following:


Table - $1,000 for 8 guests

   - Reserved table seating for 8

   - $600 charitable donation receipt

   - Corporate or individual name mentioned in the program

Bronze - $800 for 4 guests

   - Reserved seating for 4

   - Corporate Logo in program, website

   - One bottle of wine + four drink tickets

Silver - $1,500 for 8 guests

   - Reserved table seating for 8

   - Corporate Logo in program and on website

   - Two bottles of wine + eight drink tickets


Gold - $2,000 for 8 guests – category award sponsor

   - Reserved table seating for 8

   - Corporate Logo in program, website + logo on all chef aprons (50)

   - Two bottles of wine + eight drink tickets

   - Your company presents award winner on stage, photo opportunity, social media promotion


Platinum - $5,000 for 8 guests – champion sponsor

   - Reserved table seating for 8

   - Corporate Logo in program, website + logo on all chef aprons (50)

   - Two bottles of wine + eight drink tickets

   - Your company presents award winner on stage, photo opportunity, social media promotion

   - Transportation to and from the event


Invoices will be issued for all sponsors. If you donate a silent/live auction item in lieu of purchasing a sponsorship level, you will be given sponsorship status (excluding event tickets or beverages tickets). Contact jeffmay@sentrygroup.ca to make a reservation or if you have any questions.


Event Details

- Saturday, April 18, 2020

- St. George Banquet Hall, Waterloo

- Doors open at 5:00pm, sampling starts 6:00pm

- Dress attire is Semi formal.

- Live band (TBD) and dance party

- Live and silent auction

- Proceeds donated to Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council  (2019 Gala raised $45,000)


Can't attend but want to donate?  We've setup an easy way to do so via CanadaHelps.org


Celebrity Judges

Chef D

Darryl Fletcher's inspiration to pursue a culinary career began while watching Graham Kerr (The Galloping Gourmet) and trying some recipes at home. He is a graduate of the Chef program from Humber College in Toronto, Canada.

Chef DChef D’s career has grown from humble beginnings in Kitchener to all over North America to once more bringing him home to Kitchener.  He and his recipes have been featured in Canadian Living and Foodservice and Hospitality magazine's Chef's Corner, various cook books and has been a popular guest on CTV News at Noon Kitchener and Vancouver, City TV’s Breakfast Television, CHCH Morning live, Edmonton CTV Morning Live and Kitchener’s Rogers Daytime.

Chef D just finished his Seventh season of his top rated cooking show, 'At home with ChefD' on Rogers TV and will be filming his Second Season of At the Cottage with ChefD. He is the author of two cook bookettes, Maple Madness and Garlic Madness,  has prepared meals for the likes of the Late BB King, Stuart Mclean, Blue Rodeo, Michael Buble, and Diana Krall, and creates new recipes for Pillers Meats, Gay Lea, Crowne Verity and Bothwell Cheese.  ChefD believes in sharing his passion for food with others and keeping recipes simple, easy and incredibly tasty!



Dana Shortt

Dana Shortt is a mother of two and the owner of Dana Shortt Gourmet and Gifts in Waterloo. The shop is a boutique-style gourmet food store specializing in hand crafted prepared meals, an olive oil and Dana Shorttbalsamic vinegar tasting bar,gift baskets and quality chocolates from local suppliers.

I opened the store in 2004 because I wanted to create delicious and unique dishes for people to enjoy that they couldn’t get anywhere else, with everything made by hand, using great quality ingredients and featuring local flavours whenever possible.

My goal in opening Dana Shortt Gourmet and Gifts was not to create another food and gift shop; it was to curate a unique customer experience”.

Dana Shortt received her formal culinary training at George Brown College. Along with her Culinary Management Diploma, she also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Food Administration from the University of Guelph.


Nick Benninger

Nick found his calling to become a Chef at the age of 16 working at a summer camp in northern Ontario. He fell in love with the kitchen and cooking and since then has “rooted” his career in many of the philosophes he learned. After attending George Brown College Nick completed his apprenticeship working at kitchens throughout Ontario and finally settling back down in his hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo.

In 2008 Nick opened Uptown 21 with his wife Natalie and in 2013 the couple went on to open Taco Farm. Taco Farm was recently featured on the television show You Gotta Eat Here! In 2016 Nick added two landmark restaurants: Marbles Restaurant and Harmony Lunch to the portfolio of kitchens that he is managing in uptown Waterloo, under the umbrella company Fat Sparrow Group. In late 2018 Fat Sparrow acquired the Stone Crock Group in St. Jacobs.

Nick has twice appeared on the Food Network, and in 2013 his contribution to the culinary community was recognized in Waterloo Region Record’s annual 40 under 40. In 2017 Nick joined forces with a local filmmaker creating an independently made food show showcasing the highly under celebrated 519 food scene called Nick and Taylor make a Food Show! An early adopter and leader in the local food movement, Nick is proud to showcase the cornucopia of great ingredients and produce found right here in Waterloo Region.


Chef Scotty

Chef Scotty began his culinary aspirations by graduating from chef school in 2003, after almost twenty years in the automotive industry. Excited about this next chapter, Chef Scotty he quickly established himself as a  passionate chef with a love for local food. In 2013, he decided to launch his own business, ChefScottyCooks, which includes catering and his “BistroTour” Food Truck. He can  take passengers right on the truck to visit and tour local craft breweries, wineries, cideries or distilleries. They even come complete with a fully served dinner at a chef’s table inside the truck itself.

Chef Scotty has also been privileged in the past, to be a part-time culinary instructor through the Conestoga College program. The thought of helping young aspiring chefs start and continue their culinary careers is something that he is naturally drawn to.  Chef Scotty collaborates with Guelph’s own Dixon’s Distilled Spirits and Wellington brewery to produce bottled BBQ sauces.  Look for more to come soon… When you get a chance to see Chef Scotty, always remember his tag line... “What Love Tastes Like”.



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