Gold Medal Plates Culinary Championships – Canada’s Best Kitchen Party!
Join Us for Two Intense Days to Celebrate Canadian Excellence in Food, Wine, Beer, Sport and Entertainment!
February 2nd and 3rd, 2018
The Canadian Culinary Championships is recognized as one of the most intense national competitions that a chef can be a part of. To compete they must have won their regional Gold Medal Plates competition. The regional galas begin October 12 in Edmonton, are staged in eleven different cities and end this year in Toronto on November 16th! The top 8 – 10 chefs from each of the eleven cities in Canada have already been selected by a national and regional panel of judges and they compete for the honour of being the Gold Medal Plates champion in their city. During the Gold Medal Plates project over 100 competing chefs are invited to create their ultimate dish and pair it with a premier Canadian wine, beer or spirit. A team of food and wine critics from each city work with national critics to determine the top three winning creations and then a gold, silver and bronze medal winning chef is crowned. To be invited to compete is a notch in the belt. To win the gold is a major achievement! The gold medal winning chef from each city then goes on to compete at the Gold Medal Plates Finale – The Canadian Culinary Championship – in Kelowna, British Columbia. To be crowned the top chef in Canada is a career changer!
Don’t miss out on what will be the most extraordinary two-day culinary competition you will ever witness in Canada!
Mystery Wine Pairing – Competition I
Friday, February 2 at 6:00 pm
Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel
Dress: Smart Casual
Chefs are given a mystery bottle of wine and must create a dish with local ingredients that best complements the mysterious vintage, in a set amount of time and with a set budget. Guests will have the pleasure of sampling these creations on the opening night of the competition in a stand up cocktail reception format. During the event, guests will taste the mystery wine and play ‘judge’ as they vote on the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for the best wine and food pairing. And new this year Gold Medal Pints, where the top five beers chosen from a nation-wide beer competition, led by beer guru, Stephen Beaumont will be featured! A silent auction of rare wines and other experiences will also be featured. Food and wine included.
The Black Box – Competition II
Saturday, February 3 from 8:00 am – 1:30 pm
Okanagan College Culinary Arts Department
NOTE: this event is ONLY open to guests who purchase the Gold Sponsor, Hat Trick Olympian or 3-Event packages. Food prepared by the competing chefs are only plated for judges.
One of the most exciting parts to the competition! Chefs will be given a black box containing a small array of diverse foods and must produce and plate a spectacular dish for the national judges. All in one very short hour! Guests won’t get much closer to watching an Iron Chef type competition than this – you are in the kitchen where all the action is!
There is a mini market at the college that features local products and the Okanagan Culinary Department creates a fantastic spread of food during the competition for you to enjoy!
The Grand Finale – Competition III
Saturday, February 3 at 6:00 pm
Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel
On the final night of competition, anything goes. Chefs create their best dish for guests to sample, paired with a Canadian wine, beer or spirit from their regional beverage partner. By evening’s end, Canada’s Champion Chef of 2018 will be crowned and a victory celebration will be staged including a show produced by National Entertainment Advisor, Jim Cuddy. Food and wine included.
VIP Reception – for Deloitte, Gold Sponsors, Hat Trick Olympian Sponsors and Olympians in attendance
5:45 PM – Cocktail reception featuring 2017 Canadian Culinary Champion, Jinhee Lee of Foreign Concept in Calgary. Note: for VIP guests the chef’s stations open 30 minutes early at 6:00 pm!
The Competition – General admittance for corporate table and individual ticket buyers
6:30 PM – Stand up format where guests will sample the amazing dishes prepared by the competing chefs paired with their Canadian wine, beer or spirit.
The Celebration – All Guests
8:00 PM – Seated format featuring entertainment, Olympian interviews, a live auction with regional items and the infamous Gold Medal Plates Adventure trips. The grand finale of the evening includes the medal ceremony for Gold, Silver and Bronze winners and the trophy being given to the gold medalist – who will be crowned the Canadian Olympic Champion for 2018.
2016 Photo Highlights
- Roary Macpherson, St. John’s
- Bill Spurr, Halifax
- Robert Beauchemin, Montreal
- Anne DesBrisay, Ottawa
- Sasha Chapman, Toronto
- Barbara O’Hara, Winnipeg
- C J Katz, Regina
- Noelle Chorney, Saskatoon
- John Gilchrist, Calgary
- Mary Bailey, Edmonton
- Perry Bentley, Kelowna
- Sid Cross, British Columbia
- Andrew Morrison, British Columbia
- James Chatto (National Culinary Advisor)
The Canadian Culinary Championships – February 2nd and 3rd, 2018