News release

Award for Culinary Excellence

Six top Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) culinary graduates have been selected to receive the 2021 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Culinary Excellence.

The award for culinary excellence recognizes a graduating student from each NSCC campus offering culinary programming. From the six award recipients, one recipient will receive the top honour, a medal for culinary excellence. The awards will be presented by the Lieutenant-Governor at a ceremony at Government House this summer, at which time the medal recipient will also be announced.

“I am delighted to continue the partnership with NSCC to present this award, now in its third year, that salutes culinary excellence,” said Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc. “This wonderful institution has set a very high standard for those enrolled in the culinary arts programs and I congratulate the six outstanding recipients who have achieved this special recognition.”

The recipients of the award for culinary excellence were assessed on academic performance, dedication and commitment to the culinary profession, and community involvement.

The six award recipients are:

  • Ryan Cann, Culinary Management, Marconi Campus
  • Alisha Greene, Baking and Pastry Arts, Kingstec Campus
  • Amanda Martell, Culinary Skills, Strait Area Campus
  • Tsubaki Onishi, Culinary Skills, Lunenburg Campus
  • Michelle Small, Culinary Management, Akerley Campus
  • Zoe Stewart, Culinary Skills, Pictou Campus


This exceptional group of students, working through a year like no other, has exhibited creativity, hard work and dedication. Through a blended program delivery, students adapted, innovated and used their ingenuity to excel. They have made all of us at NSCC so proud and I know they will have a positive impact on our communities. Don Bureaux, president, NSCC

It is an honour to be selected as a finalist for the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Culinary Excellence. This award has given me a sense of pride and confidence in myself and my abilities. I look forward to a long, rewarding career in the culinary industry. Amanda Martell, recipient, Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Culinary Excellence

Quick Facts:

  • this award was created in 2019 in the name of the Lieutenant-Governor to recognize excellence in the culinary arts programs offered by NSCC
  • it is customary for Nova Scotia’s Lieutenant-Governors to establish awards that recognize excellence during their time in office and this is the first award created during the tenure of Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc
  • the award was developed in partnership between NSCC and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
  • there are 264 students enrolled in culinary programs across six NSCC campuses
  • NSCC offers culinary programs specializing in Baking and Pastry Art, Culinary Management and Culinary Skills


Media Contacts:

Craig Walkington
Office of the Lieutenant-Governor 902-424-3000 Cell: 902-222-7608 Email:
Patricia Kobusingye
NSCC Foundation Cell: (902) 943-2177 Email: