Chef Awards

2015

  • Chef: Jan Trittenbach
  • Restaurant: Solstice Seasonal Cuisine
  • Pairing: Sandhill 2012 Small Lots Three Sandhill Estate Vineyard Okanagan, BC
  • Chef: Andrew Cowan
  • Restaurant: Packrat Louie Kitchen and Bar
  • Pairing: Mission Hill 2013 Reserve Riesling, Okanagan Valley, BC
  • Chef: Cory Rakowski
  • Restaurant: 12 Acres Restaurant
  • Pairing: Castoro de Oro Estate Winery 2012 Merlot, Oliver, BC

James-Chatto-by-George-Whiteside-high-resCulinary Report by James Chatto

Gold Medal Plates loves Edmonton! Last night, it was clear that the feeling is mutual. The sold-out crowd of 780 (a new record) at the Shaw Centre came to party as if we were already in Rio, cheering on our Olympic athletes, our splendid chefs and their teams, and a stage-full of dazzlingly talented musicians – a veritable orchestra of rock starring Barney Bentall, Anne Lindsay, Colin Cripps, Devin Cuddy, Sam Polley and Geoffrey Kelly and Matthew Harder of Spirit of the West. Curt Harnett was the smoothest and most amusing of MCs. There was much dancing in the aisles and an eye-popping energy level that was sustained right through the auction (so many trips sold!) to the final announcement of the winning chefs.

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2014

  • Chef: Ryan O’Flynn
  • Restaurant: The Westin Edmonton
  • Paired Wine: Sandhill Small Lots 2011 Viognier, Okanagan, BC
  • Chef: Blair Lebsack
  • Restaurant: Rge Rd – untamed cuisine
  • Paired Wine: Kettle Valley 2010 Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc, Naramata Bench, BC
  • Chef: Lindsay Porter
  • Restaurant: Mercer’s Catering
  • Paired Wine: Sumac Ridge 2012 Gewurztraminer Private Reserve, Okanagan Valley, BC

2013

  • Chef: Chef Paul Shufelt 
  • Restaurant: Century Hospitality Group
  • Paired Wine: Mission Hill Family Estate Select Lot Collection Syrah 2010 
  • Chef: Chef Doreen Prei    
  • Restaurant: Edmonton Petroleum Club
  • Paired Wine: Kettle Valley WineryPinot Noir 2009
  • Chef: Chef Paul Campbell   
  • Restaurant: Café de Ville
  • Paired Wine: Red Rooster Winery Meritage Reserve 2010

 

2012

  • Chef: Nathin Bye
  • Restaurant: Wildflower Grill Restaurant
  • Paired Wine: Tantalus Chardonnay 2010

 

  • Chef: Shane Chartrand
  • Restaurant: Murrieta’s Westcoast Grill
  • Paired Wine: Lake Breeze Pinot Blanc 2011 
  • Chef: Paul Shufelt
  • Restaurant: Century Hospitality Group
  • Paired Wine: Quail’s Gate Old Vines Foch 2010

2011

  • Chef: Jan Trittenbach
  • Restaurant: Packrat Louie
  • Paired Wine: Peller Estates Winery, 2007 Private Reserve Syrah

 

  • Chef: Deependra Singh
  • Restaurant: Guru Restaurant & Bar
  • Paired Wine: Little Straw Vineyards, 2008 Pinot Rose Limited Release
  • Chef: Paul Campbell
  • Restaurant: Cafe de Ville
  • Paired Wine: ExNihilo Vineyards, 2007 ExNihilo Night

2010

  • Chef: Andrew Fung
  • Restaurant: Blackhawk Golf Course
  • Paired Wine: Road 13 Vineyards
  • Chef: Michael Brown
  • Restaurant: Share, The Westin Edmonton
  • Paired Wine: Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
  • Chef: Shane Chartand
  • Restaurant: L2 Fantasyland Hotel
  • Paired Wine: Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery

2009

  • Chef: Nathin Bye
  • Restaurant: Lazia Restaurant
  • Chef: Blair Lebsack
  • Restaurant: Madison’s Grill
  • Chef: Sonny Sung
  • Restaurant: Bistecca

2008

  • Chef: David Cruz
  • Restaurant: Sage Restaurant
  • Chef: Michael Brown
  • Restaurant: Pradera Café, The Westin Edmonton
  • Chef: Blair Lebsack
  • Restaurant: Madison’s Grill

2007

  • Chef: Judy Wu
  • Restaurant: Wild Tangerine
  • Chef: Frank Olson
  • Restaurant: Red Ox Inn
  • Chef: David Cruz
  • Restaurant: Sage Restaurant

2006

  • Chef: Michael Brown
  • Restaurant: Pradera Café, The Westin Edmonton
  • Chef: Dennis Cummings
  • Restaurant: Billingsgate Seafood Market & Lighthouse Café
  • Chef: Simon Smotkowicz
  • Restaurant: The Shaw Conference Centre

Best Of Show

2015

  • Bartier Bros. 2011 Syrah, Oliver, BC
  • Manta Caliente, Collingwood Rye Whiskey, Ontario
  • Mission Hill 2013 Reserve Riesling, Okanagan Valley, BC

David Lawrason - Wine Advisor

David Lawrason, National Wine Advisor

As a record crowd of 780 people began to fill the Shaw Conference Centre for the 10th Gold Medal Plates chow down in Edmonton, a group of judges were huddled in a corner of the cavernous kitchen behind the scenes tasting through the slate of wines and other beverages being served this night. The purpose was to select the Best Wine of Show, an award created to bring attention to and honour the generous contribution of Canada’s wineries, breweries and distilleries.

The complete list of the Edmonton beverages follows below

The voting, as dozens of kitchen staff readied for the celebration ahead, was very close.  The judges were asked to rank their top five wines.  Two judges picked the same wine in first place, but the methodology of giving five points to a first place, four to second, three to third etc meant that a wine that was in everyone’s top three won the day.

And that wine was Bartier Brothers 2011 Syrah from the Okanagan Valley.  Winemaker Michael Bartier has emerged as a star in B.C. having honed his craft for several years at Road 13 before striking out on his own.  All the judges agreed that it was a textbook, finely honed and age-worthy example of syrah, the transplanted Rhone Valley variety that has found a home in the semi-desert near Osoyoos.

Second place went to a remarkable whisky sour like concoction called Manta Caliente, fashioned in the Road to Rio theme of the evening by Chef Lindsay Porter. It was based on a new artisan spirit called Collingwood Rye from the Ontario community of the same name, but jazzed up with a complex array of ingredients including hot peppers.

Third place went to Mission Hill 2013 Reserve Riesling, a classic, complex riesling that perennially take gold at the WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada.

This year three Edmonton wine authorities were asked to join me as judges, two of them making a return visit.  Gurvinder Bhatia is a National Wine Awards judge, a wine commentator for the Edmonton Journal and CBC, and owner of a wine store called Vinomania.  William Bincoletto is a well-known wine educator from Vines.  And this year we were joined for the first time by Juanita Roos, owner of a new store called Color Del Vino Wines and Spirits and a holder of the prestigious WSET Diploma.

In the process of the judging we were treated to a mini-clinic on the rise of small batch distilling in Canada.  Not only did we marvel at the richness and complexity of the Collingwood Rye, we sampled two sensational gins from opposite sides of the country.  Victoria Gin, with wonderfully bright, complex and nuanced aromas mindful of an evergreen forest hails from Vancouver Island, while Ungava Gin is redolent with the wild scents from six botanicals harvested from Canada’s  Arctic in northern Quebec.

Later in the evening the winning chefs and their pairings were announced by Chief Culinary Judge James Chatto. Bronze medalist Cory Rakowski of 12 Acres expertly matched a triptych of beef with the rich, very ripe Castoro de Oro 2012 Merlot from Oliver, B.C.   Silver medallist Andrew Cowan from Packrat Louie Kitchen and Bar selected the racy Mission Hills 2013 Riesling Reserve to beautifully parse a charcuterie and foie gras based dish.  And returning Edmonton champ Jan Trittenbach of  Solstice Seasonal Cuisine created a fine pork belly dish paired with the complex sangiovese based  Sandhill 2012 Small Lots Three Sandhill Estate Vineyard.  This means Sandhill will join Chef Trittenbach at the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna in February 2016.

The Edmonton Wines, Beers and Spirits
(in tasting order)

Mission Hill 2013 Reserve Riesling, Okanagan Valley
Meyer Vineyards 2013 Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley
Nighthawk 2014 Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Falls
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2014 Gewürztraminer,  Okanagan Valley
Therapy 2014 Pink Freud, Naramata, Okanagan
Burrowing Owl 2013 Calliope Figure 8 Red, Okanagan Valley
Stoneboat 2012 Pinotage, Okanagan Valley
Castoro de Oro 2012 Merlot, Okanagan Valley
Bartier Bros  2011 Syrah, Okanagan Valley
Sandhill 2012 Small Lots Three, Okanagan Valley
Victoria Gin, Vancouver Island, BC
Ungava di Uva (Gin), Quebec
Manta Cliente made with Collingwood Rye Whiskey, Ontario

2014

Mission Hill 2011 Martin’s Lane Riesling

Malivoire 2013 Gamay

Young & Wyse 2011 Black Sheep Blend

2013

Sandhill Phantom Creek Vineyard Small Lots ‘One’ 2010 Kelowna, BC

Sandhill Syrah 2011, Okanagan Valley, BC

Kettle Valley Pinot Noir 2009 Okanagan Valley, BC

2012

Tantalus Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay, Burlington ON

Kettle Valley Winery 2008 Pinot Noir, Okanagan-Similkameen BC

Sperling Vineyards 2011 Pinot Blanc, Kelowna BC

2011

LeVieuxPin 2007 Merlot, Oliver BC

Road 13 Vineyard 2009 Merlot Syrah, Oliver BC

Laughing Stock’s Vineyard 2008 Portfolio, Penticton BC