Fans of the Canadian Culinary Championships will be able to feast on a couple of popular Canadian musicians next year in Kelowna.
Johnny Reid and Danny Michel will both be performing live at the 2017 Canadian Culinary Championships Feb. 4 in Kelowna.
“We are thrilled to announce that we will have two incredible Canadian artists join us at the Canadian Culinary Championships finale,” said Karen Blair, co-founder and director of operations for the Canadian Culinary Championships. "Guests will be treated to an evening of talent – not only from the eleven chefs from across the country who are creating their best dish but now with an intimate live performance with Johnny Reid and Danny Michel, that will be outstanding”
The grand finale competition takes place on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel in Kelowna and on the final night of competition, anything goes. Chefs create their best dish for guests to sample, paired with a great wine or spirit from their regional beverage partner. By evening’s end, Canada’s Champion Chef of 2017 will be crowned and a victory celebration will take place.
Chief among those celebrations will be the musical stylings of two great voices.
Since arriving on the music scene over 10 years ago, critically acclaimed singer songwriter, Johnny Reid has captured the hearts of fans and audiences around the world. Born and raised in Lanark, Scotland, the blue-collared soul singer is widely known for his lyrical honesty and musical ability, as demonstrated by album sales totaling over 1 million units, countless awards and multiple sold out national arena tours. His recordings are filled with classic rock riffs laced with blue-collar roots and a voice that brims with force and honesty. He’s an undeniable fan favourite, writing songs that chronicle the working class hero and have a blue-collar everyman feel, filled with fervent honesty and just the right mix of both personal and universal storytelling.
Canadian singer-songwriter Danny Michel has received nominations for three Juno Awards, the Polaris Prize, the CBC’s “Heart of Gold” and has a number for albums under his belt, and he is unquestionably one of Canada’s finest songwriters. His thoughtful lyrics and earnest performances have earned him a devoted fan base. Past critics have praised Danny’s lyrics for having “something to say” without coming off preachy.
Here is the line-up of chefs that will compete.
Jesse McCleery – Pilgrimme, Galiano Island, representing British Columbia
Eric Hanson – Prairie Noodle Shop, representing Edmonton
Jinhee Lee – Foreign Concept, representing Calgary
Garrett (Rusty) Thienes – Harvest Eatery and Fresh Market, representing Regina
Scott Torgerson – Radisson Hotel Saskatoon and Aroma Resto Bar, representing Saskatoon
Jesse Friesen – Pizzeria Gusto, representing Winnipeg
Amanda Ray – Canteen Restaurant, representing Toronto
Joe Thottungal – Coconut Lagoon, representing Ottawa
Sophie Tabet – Chez Sophie, representing Montreal
Mark Gray – Battery Park Beer Bar & Eatery, representing Halifax
Ruth Wigman – Oppidan, representing St. John’s
Net proceeds from the Canadian Culinary Championships are provided to the Canadian Olympic Foundation which supports Olympic athletes and high performance programs. Since 2004, Gold Medal Plates has generated over 12 million for Canada's Olympic athletes.
It's expected to be another sold out event, tickets can be purchased online at www.goldmedalplates.com