The work of a local agriculture innovator has been recognized.

Kenora’s Jay Barnard, CEO and Corporate Chef for Freshwater Cuisine, has received the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.

The award honours the contributions of hard-working and innovative people across the province who are creating new agri-food products, adding value to existing products, supporting job creation and building economic growth in Ontario.

Barnard detailed how Freshwater Cuisine differentiates itself from other companies.

“Freshwater Cuisine is an innovative processing company that creates products from underutilized, undervalued and underappreciated fish in our lakes. We look past just a filet. We first started doing the Walleye Wings, and I really found out that there was a business past just a filet. We’re using up the ‘waste’ of the fish that no one uses,” he said.

The award was handed out to 45 winners at the ceremony, and next week, 5 of those 45 winners will receive another award from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Glenn Thibeault, Energy Minister and MPP for Sudbury, hosted the ceremony in Sudbury.

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