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Canadian Culinary Championships In Kelowna Feb 3-4

Gold Medal Plates Canadian Culinary Championships

The 2017 Canadian Culinary Championships (CCC) will take place this weekend in Kelowna, BC February 3-4, 2017 and I am heading up there on Thursday to cover the competition once again!

Eleven competing chefs will be aiming for gold as they compete in three events over two days testing their skills, creativity and endurance and we’ll have some pre-competition interviews up shortly. Each of the eleven chefs competed in their home city/province at a Gold Medal Plates event in the fall of 2016 and took the top spot in there.Canadian Culinary Championships

On Thursday, chefs will be welcomed at the CCC’s opening reception where they will each receive a bottle of a mystery wine. The next morning they are tasked with the challenge of shopping locally for ingredients and ultimately creating a dish that will complement the mystery wine.  They will have been given only $500 for the ingredients and must create a dish that will impress the national judges and the 400 guests in attendance.  The guests will enjoy the dishes from each of the 11 competing chefs while sipping on the Mystery Wine.  “It is always so amazing to see the variety of tantalizing dishes that have been created, and yet each chef had the same wine to work with,” says David Lawrason, the Gold Medal Plates national wine advisor.  “This is an event not to be missed!”Canadian Culinary Championships

The second competition is the black-box competition where the chefs are secluded into a room until it is their turn to compete. Chefs are called one at a time and are presented with a box of 7 ingredients sourced from across Canada. Each chef has 10 minutes to determine what dish they will create using the 7 ingredients and then he or she has 50 minutes to prepare their dish and present to the judges.Canadian Culinary Championships

The final competition is the Grand Finale where the chefs will create their ultimate dish to wow the judges and the guests paired with a Canadian beverage.  Most of them have shipped the ingredients with them as they traveled across Canada to Kelowna. The finale closes with the announcement of the top three medal winners being called to the podium and the bragging rights for one to be called the Canadian Culinary Champion. The winner will also walk away with a 2 year lease on a 2017 BMW 430i xDrive Gran Coupe!

There are limited tickets available for the Mystery Wine Pairing and can be purchased online at www.goldmedalplates.com or by calling 778-883-3448; the Grand Finale on Saturday is sold out.Canadian Culinary Championships
Last year’s winning chefs. Ottawa’s Marc Lepine took the Gold.

The judging will be led by James Chatto, Gold Medal Plates’ National Culinary Advisor and Head Judge and includes the following participating Gold Medal Chefs:

Chefs Competing at the 2017 Canadian Culinary Championships:

BRITISH COLUMBIA:   Jesse McCleery – Pilgrimme, Galiano Island
EDMONTON:      Eric Hanson – Prairie Noodle Shop
CALGARY:          Jinhee Lee – Foreign Concept
REGINA:             Garrett (Rusty) Thienes – Harvest Eatery and Fresh Market
SASKATOON:    Scott Torgerson – Radisson Hotel Saskatoon & Aroma Resto Bar
WINNIPEG:         Jesse Friesen – Pizzeria Gusto
TORONTO:         Amanda Ray – Canteen Restaurant
OTTAWA:            Joe Thottungal – Coconut Lagoon
MONTREAL:       Sophie Tabet – Chez Sophie
HALIFAX:            Mark Gray – Battery Park Beer Bar & Eatery
ST. JOHN’S:        Ruth Wigman – Oppidan

Event information:
Official Website: www.goldmedalplates.com
Official Twitter and Instagram: @GoldMedalPlates
Official Hashtag: #CCC2017

About The Canadian Culinary Championships
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.

Gold Medal Plates – Gold Medal Plates is the ultimate celebration of Canadian excellence in food, wine, athletic achievement and entertainment and has raised over 12 million for elite Canadian athletes.  For more information, visit the Gold Medal Plates website www.goldmedalplates.com

Canadian Olympic Foundation –The Beneficiary:  The Canadian Olympic Foundation is a national charitable organization that generates support to meet the technical, scientific, medical and coaching needs of Canada’s athletes across all Olympic sports. Proceeds from Gold Medal Plates are given to the Canadian Olympic Foundation to support high performance programs such as Own the Podium. To learn more about the Foundation and the programs it funds, please visit www.olympicfoundation.ca.

Feast of Fields Okanagan

FEAST OF FIELDS OKANAGAN IS THE ULTIMATE 25-COURSE WANDERING, WINE-PAIRED TASTING MENU – AND A STEAL FOR $85!
Starting Today Get Your Tickets for the August 22 Culinary Showcase

FarmFolkCityFolk is pleased to announce the location and date for the Okanagan’s second annual Feast of Fields event. On Sunday, August 22, Brock Farm in Okanagan Falls will play host to the celebration of farmers, vintners, chefs, food, artisans and producers of all kinds.

A 25-course, wine-paired, wandering tasting menu for just $85? That’s what guests of the second annual Okanagan Feast of Fields will be treated to. Twenty-five of the top chefs of the Okanagan-Similkameen have paired with local farmers, wineries and breweries to create this celebration of local food.

On arrival, guests are handed a linen napkin and a wine glass and head off to roam and discover the great food and beverages of the region. Set in the beautiful fields of Brock Farm in Okanagan Falls, surrounded by stunning mountains and vineyards, guests will have the arduous task of tasting and sampling through more than 25 menu items.

“This event is great value,” says Feast of Fields coordinator Rhys Pender, “where else can you enjoy the creations of 25 restaurants in one place at one time? And each one paired with wine or beer? It is a dream come true for food lovers who want to experience the best of the Okanagan culinary scene and meet the producers and chefs that create it together.” Tickets are available online at www.feastoffields.com and at Choices Market in Kelowna. Tickets are $85 for adults and $15 for children aged 7 – 12 and free for those under 6.

Feast of Fields showcases the strong connections between farmer and chef and highlights producers of Okanagan wine, beer and artisanal food products. The area’s food and agricultural communities unite to present a fantastic culinary showcase while raising awareness of the importance and enjoyment of eating locally. Stay tuned to see who is participating!

The event is a fundraiser for FarmFolkCityFolk and their work with both farm and city to help create a sustainable food system for British Columbia. The Okanagan-Similkameen region is a hotbed of food production with the fruits and vegetables of the region highly sought after by chefs throughout British Columbia. Not only will guests have a great culinary experience but know that all proceeds are going to help create great experiences into the future.

Feast of Fields provides the public with an up-close-and-personal opportunity to sample and swirl local products while supporting a not-for-profit organization that has been committed to food security projects in British Columbia since 1993. Proceeds from Feast of Fields benefit the provincial work of FarmFolkCityFolk. Last year FarmFolkCityFolk earmarked $5000 of the proceeds to go to the BC Seeds Project.

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