The SHS Culinary Award

Swedish cuisine today combines creativity with traditional ingredients. Photo: Ritchie Younger.

Swedish cui­sine today com­bines cre­ativ­i­ty with tra­di­tion­al ingre­di­ents. Pho­to: Ritchie Younger.

Swe­den is a land of 9 cli­mate zones, sweep­ing land­scapes with local food pro­duc­tion, and an abun­dance of nat­ur­al, wild, and arti­san foods. The SHS Culi­nary Schol­ar­ship was found­ed by the board of Swe­den House Soci­ety in 2015, as a way to sup­port BC culi­nary stu­dents with a Swedish con­nec­tion or inter­est in Swe­den. The award cel­e­brates Swedish food tra­di­tions and will chal­lenge local chef stu­dents to cre­ate their own ver­sion of Swedish recipes.

The pur­pose of this award is to assist a British Colum­bia culi­nary stu­dent with the cost of their stud­ies and/or appren­tice­ship, either in a local culi­nary school or one in Swe­den. The mon­ey can also be used towards an intern­ship in a lead­ing restau­rant in Swe­den. The SHS Culi­nary Schol­ar­ship has a val­ue of $1,000 and will be paid upon proof of the recipient’s admis­sion, with the funds being dis­trib­uted upon the com­mence­ment of studies/internship. It will be offi­cial­ly hand­ed out in June 2017.

The 2017 appli­ca­tion should include the fol­low­ing:

  1. Applicant’s name, address and email address.
  2. Proof of res­i­dent sta­tus of BC.
  3. Proof of reg­is­tra­tion to an accred­it­ed insti­tu­tion in BC or Swe­den.
  4. A per­son­al recipe based on Swedish food tra­di­tions, with spe­cial empha­sis on eth­i­cal and local food prod­ucts. If select­ed, the recipe will have to be pre­pared and pre­sent­ed for a jury.
  5. A writ­ten ref­er­ence from one or more of the fol­low­ing: a pre­vi­ous teacher, instruc­tor or chef, mem­ber of Swe­den House (includ­ing orga­ni­za­tions belong­ing to Swe­den House) or some­one unre­lat­ed who can attest to the applicant’s cre­ativ­i­ty in the kitchen and good char­ac­ter
  6. A short, hand­writ­ten essay that includes the applicant’s view on cook­ing and ingre­di­ents, link to or view on Swe­den, a descrip­tion of vol­un­teer work and /or employ­ment, edu­ca­tion­al expe­ri­ences, inter­ests, goals and how this schol­ar­ship can assist in attain­ing them. Par­tic­u­lar weight will be addressed to vol­un­teer work for one of the Swedish organ­i­sa­tions which are mem­bers of the SHS.

In order to be con­sid­ered for the 2017 schol­ar­ship, the appli­ca­tion and sup­port­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion must be sub­mit­ted by March 31, 2017 by email (