Kelowna Event Chair

Judy Burns

The Canadian Culinary Championships – Canada’s Best Kitchen Party!

Kelowna, BC
Date: Thursday, February 2,3, 2018

The competitions begin October 12 in Edmonton! The top 8 – 10 chefs from each of the 11 cities in Canada have already been selected by a national and regional panel of judges and they are preparing to compete this fall for the honour of being the Gold Medal Plates champion in their city.  During the Gold Medal Plates project over 100 competing chefs 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 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 on what will be the most extraordinary culinary competition you will ever witness!

Event Details:

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
Dress: Casual

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 only ten minutes, and 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
Dress: Cocktail 

On the final night of competition, anything goes. Chefs create their best dish for guests to sample, paired with a great wine from their regional winery 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.

Event Schedule:
VIP Reception
 – for Deloitte National sponsor guests, Gold Sponsors, Hat Trick Olympian Sponsors and Olympians in attendance

5:45 PM – Stand up cocktail reception featuring 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 reception 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, live Auction featuring regional items and the famous Gold Medal Plates Adventure trips and the grand finale of the crowning of the Gold, Silver and Bronze medallist chefs crowning the best chef in Canada for 2018!




Thank you to the Gold Medal Plates sponsors and supporters who provide vital support to the project