Judy Burns (Chair) & Annick Rocca (Sales Lead)
Representing British Columbia
Jesse McCleery – Pilgrimme, Galiano Island
Paired with: Sea Star Estate Farm & Vineyards 2015 Blanc de Noir Pender Island, BC
Eric Hanson – Prairie Noodle Shop
Paired with: Gruner from Culmina Family Estate Winery
Jinhee Lee – Foreign Concept
Paired with: Bartier Bros. 2014 Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley, BC
Garrett (Rusty) Thienes – Harvest Eatery and Fresh Market
Paired with: 2014 Dirty Laundry Kay-Syrah
Scott Torgerson – Radisson Hotel Saskatoon and Aroma Resto Bar
Paired with: 2014 Inniskillin Discovery Series Zinfandel, Okanagan, BC
Jesse Friesen – Pizzeria Gusto
Paired with: Thirty Bench 2012 Riesling, Niagara, Ontario
Amanda Ray – O&B Canteen
Paired with: Cave Spring Cellars 2015 ‘The Adam Steps’ Riesling, VQA, Beamsville Bench, Jordan, Ontario
Joe Thottungal – Coconut Lagoon
Paired with: Huff Estates Winery 2015 Riesling Off Dry Prince Edward County, ON
Sophie Tabet – Chez Sophie
Paired with: Vignoble De L’Orpailleur 2014 Cuvée Natashquan, QC
Mark Gray – Battery Park Beer Bar & Eatery
Paired with: Ironworks Gin, Lunenburg, NS
Representing St. John’s
Ruth Wigman – Oppidan
Paired with: Arrowleaf Cellars 2015 Gewürztraminer Okanagan Valley, BC
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National Head Judge
Allison Beveridge, Track Cycling, Olympic Bronze Medalist, Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games
MC for Friday and Saturday night – Brian Stemmle, Four-Time Olympian, Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Inductee and Broadcaster, Nagano 1998, Lillehammer 1994, Albertville 1992 and Calgary 1988 Winer Olympic Games
Catharine Pendrel, Mountain Biking, Three-Time Olympian, Olympic Bronze Medalist, Rio 2016, London 2012, Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games
Curtis Myden, Swimming, Three-Time Olympian, Three-time Olympic Bronze Medalist, Sydney 2000, Atlanta 1996, Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympic Games
Erica Wiebe, Wrestling, Olympic Gold Medalist, Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games
Jasmin Glaesser, Track Cycling, Two-Time Olympic Bronze Medalist, Rio 2016, London 2012 Summer Olympic Games
Karen Paquin, Rugby, Olympic Bronze Medalist, Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games
Kristi Richards, Freestyle Skiing, Two-Time Olympian, Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games
The competitions began October 20 in Edmonton! The top 8 – 10 chefs from each of the 11 cities in Canada were selected by a national and regional panel of judges and each chef came out to win but only one chef in each city walked away with 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 is now preparing 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!
Mystery Wine Pairing – Competition I
Friday, February 3 at 6:00 pm
Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel
Dress: Casual Chic
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. A silent auction of rare wines and other experiences will also be featured. Food and wine included.
The Black Box – Competition II
Saturday, February 4 at 8:00 am – 1:30 pm
Okanagan College Culinary Arts Department
NOTE: this event is ONLY open to guests who purchase the Gold Sponsor, Olympian, Silver, or 3-Event packages. Food is only plated for judges.
One of the most exciting parts to the competition! Chefs will receive 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!
The Grand Finale – Competition III
Saturday, February 4 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 great wine from their regional winery partner. By evening’s end, Canada’s Champion Chef of 2017 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 National sponsor guests, Gold Sponsors, Olympian and Silver Table buyers, and Olympians in attendance
5:45 PM – Stand up cocktail reception featuring Two-Time Canadian Culinary Champion, Marc Lepine of Atelier in Ottawa. Note: for VIP guests the chef’s stations open 15 minutes early!
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 by the chart-topping, multi-platinum singer-songwriter Johnny Reid and Juno Nominated and CBC’s “Heart of Gold” singer-songwriter Danny Michel, Olympian interviews, live auction featuring regional items and the famous Gold Medal Plates Adventure trips including Tuscany, Portugal, Mallorca and Barcelona and Iceland and the grand finale of the crowning of the Gold, Silver and Bronze medallist chefs crowing the best chef in Canada for 2017!