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Kenora fishmonger earns provincial food innovation award

Freshwater Cuisine recognized for work developing fish products from local catch.
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Chef Jay Barnard uses locally caught fish for value-added products like popcorn pickerel cheeks, freshwater whitefish cakes, and wild caught Northern pike cakes. (Photo supplied)

Freshwater Cuisine has earned a Leaders in Innovation Award from the province.

The Kenora-based food company was one of three businesses to receive the award during the 11th annual Premier's Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.

Freshwater Cuisine is owned by Chef Jay Barnard, who turns locally caught fish into value-added products like popcorn pickerel cheeks, freshwater whitefish cakes, and wild caught Northern pike cakes.

The Premier's Awards are presented at the annual Summit on Agri-Food, which brings together industry leaders from across the province. This year, attendees explored how Ontario is growing its agri-food sector at home and abroad, with discussions on trade and collaboration, as well as what's next in agri-food innovation.

Freshwater Cuisine was earlier named one of 50 regional winners of a Premier’s Award, alongside winners from Manitoulin Island, Massey and Cochrane.