Chef Alex Chen Wins Gold Medal Plates

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BOULEVARD KITCHEN & OYSTER BAR CHEF ALEX CHEN WINS HIS SECOND GOLD MEDAL PLATES TITLE AT THE 2017 REGIONALS IN VICTORIA

Previous Champion Returns to Top of Podium at 12th Annual Prestigious Chef Competition, Earns Right to Represent BC at the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna, February 2 to 3, 2018

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Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar Executive Chef Alex Chen claimed the crown for the second time at the annual Gold Medal Plates culinary competition in Victoria, BC and earned the honour of representing the province at the prestigious Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna, BC February 2 to 3, 2018.

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Months of meticulous preparation and tastings led Chen to present his winning dish of Parfait of Wild BC Shellfish, ‘Chowder’, Northern Divine Caviar and Bull Kelp ‘Brioche’ at the 12th annual event, which was the BC regional leg of an 11-city culinary tour of Canada. Boulevard Wine Director JP Potters worked alongside Chen to pair the dish with Pender Island’s Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyards’ 2016 Ortega, which was named the evening’s Best of Show Wine.

Chen, who led Canada to a top-10 finish at the renowned Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France in 2013, was joined on the podium at this year’s event by Chef/Owner Rob Cassels of Victoria’s Saveur, who won silver, and bronze medalist Ryan Zuvich, Chef/Owner of Nanaimo’s Hilltop Bistro. It was Chen’s second Gold Medal Plates regional championship after winning his first trip to the 10th annual edition of the event in 2015, which earned him the role of Regional Judge at last year’s event.

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Billed as the ultimate celebration of Canadian excellence in food, wine, athletic achievement and entertainment, Gold Medal Plates raises funds for the Canadian Olympic Foundation and support programs such as Own The Podium and the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Athlete Excellence Fund. Since its inception in 2004, Gold Medal Plates has generated more than $12 million in support for Canada’s Olympic Athletes.

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