First Ever Saskatoon Food Business Competition Launched

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN – Today, The Local Kitchen in partnership with SREDA’s entrepreneurship program, Square One, launched a new entrepreneurship competition called The Next Great Food Business. The Saskatoon based competition targets both aspiring entrepreneurial Chefs and Chefs currently operating a food business and are ready to commercialize their product or increase their sales.

“Saskatoon is known for our innovative culinary ideas. We are excited to give a platform to new and amazing food businesses to further showcase our local talent,” said Julie Gryba, Co-founder of The Local Kitchen.

Five finalists will be chosen to battle it out for the ultimate title of Saskatoon’s Next Great Food Business. The finalists will participate in a series of business workshops followed by a cook-off where the winner of The Next Great Food Business will be chosen by a panel of professional Chefs and restaurant owners. The winner will receive a full year’s membership at The Local Kitchen, 25 free kitchen hours and bragging rights in the local food community.

“We are thrilled to partner with The Local Kitchen on this first ever food business competition in Saskatoon,” said DonnaLyn Thorsteinson, Program and Operations Director at SREDA. “Our Square One program focuses on helping Saskatchewan entrepreneurs start and grow their business through providing resources and access to local business experts. This competition is a platform for the next up-and-coming food entrepreneurs to showcase their food product while learning the fundamentals of running a successful business.”

Applications for the competition are now being accepted. Application deadline is August 1 and finalists will be announced on August 18.

For more information, and to apply for The Next Great Food Business, visit:

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About The Local Food Kitchen
The Local Kitchen is a food business incubator located in Riversdale, where food businesses can rent commercial kitchen time as well as receive ongoing business support. For more information, visit: 

About Square One
The Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority’s entrepreneurship program, Square One, assists entrepreneurs with the first steps in starting or growing their business in Saskatchewan. For more information, visit:


For more information on The Local Kitchen, please contact:
Julie Gryba
P: (306) 203-9451   E:

For more information on SREDA/Square One, please contact:
Erin Lawson
Director, Marketing and Communications
P: (306) 664-0724   E: