Kelowna, home of The Canadian Culinary Championships, is set to host award-winning chefs from across Canada for a weekend-long Celebration of Canadian Excellence, February 5 and 6, as part of the illustrious Gold Medal Plates.
Kelowna’s Gold Medal Plates reflects the culmination of a long, thrilling and at times gruelling series of The Canadian Culinary Championships presented by Deloitte competitions held in Canadian cities through 2015 which resulted in 11 Gold Medal award-winning chefs. Converging in Kelowna in February, the best of the best will compete in The Grand Finale to determine Canada’s 2016 Gold Medal Plates’ Chef Champion.
The following Gold Medal Chefs will be competing in Kelowna:
REPRESENTING BRITISH COLUMBIA Alex Chen—Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Vancouver
REPRESENTING CALGARY Matthew Batey—The Nash Restaurant & Off Cut Bar
REPRESENTING EDMONTON Jan Trittenbach—Solstice Seasonal Cuisine
REPRESENTING REGINA Jonathan Thauberger—Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar
REPRESENTING SASKATOON Darren Craddock—Riverside Country Club
REPRESENTING WINNIPEG Norm Pastorin—The Cornerstone Bar & Restaurant
REPRESENTING TORONTO Stuart Cameron—Byblos
REPRESENTING OTTAWA Marc Lepine—Atelier
REPRESENTING MONTREAL Guillaume Cantin—Les 400 Coups
REPRESENTING ST. JOHN’S Roger Andrews—Relish Gourmet Burgers
REPRESENTING HALIFAX Martin Ruiz Salvador—Fleur de Sel, Lunenberg.
Chef judging will be led by James Chatto, Gold Medal Plates’ national culinary advisor and head judge.
Highlights of the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna include: Mystery Wine Pairing at Delta Grand Okanagan (Feb. 5), The Black Box Competition at Okanagan College Culinary Arts Department (Feb. 6) and The Grand Finale at Delta Grand Okanagan (Feb. 6) featuring the music of Barney Bentall (Legendary Hearts) and John Mann, Geoffrey Kelly and Matthew Harder from Spirit of the West.
“There is no other event like this in Canada,” said Tourism Kelowna CEO Nancy Cameron. “The Canadian Culinary Championships reflects the spirit of our city and region where every day we celebrate excellence in wine, cuisine, sports and culture. Kelowna is thrilled to host these esteemed chefs as well as our participating wineries, sponsors, Olympic guests and incredible musicians who together make this the hottest ticket in town at the coldest time of the year!”
“We are so proud to bring together a star-studded cast of chefs, athletes, and performers to celebrate the spirit of achievement,” Stephen Leckie, CEO and co -founder of Gold Medal Plates and the Canadian Culinary Championships said in a press release. “All three competitions over 2 days in February to place Canada’s top chefs on the podium, are wildly exciting. To top it all off, our Kelowna audience gets to meet the competing chefs, each with a fire in their belly, and be entertained by some of our country’s best musical talents. It’s like a grand bazaar of Canadian gilded excellence. And it is so much fun that it’s easy to forget that the whole endeavor has raised nearly 11 million dollars and counting for Canadian Olympic Foundation, in support of Canadian Olympic athletes.”
Those interested in sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets for the Kelowna events may call 647-328-0149 or go on-line to www.goldmedalplates.com.
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