As the Canadian Culinary Championships, the final competition of Gold Medal Plates, rolls into Kelowna this coming weekend, you can be sure of intense moments: mad ingredient shopping, feverish recipe planning, competitive wine pairing, and ingenious flavor creation. For one victorious chef, this Kelowna win will be a springboard for an illustrious career. For the lucky spectators who have their tickets to the events of the Canadian Culinary Championships, it promises to be a weekend of mouth-watering tastes and inspiring stories. For Kelowna, this is another ringing endorsement from national food heavy-hitters that believe in this area as a foodie gem. And who’s to disagree? With our own star chefs in restaurants around the city, our incredible Kelowna wineries and our wealth of fresh produce and specialty farms, the evidence is certainly in place to support them.
This Thursday, nine of the country’s best chefs are arriving in Kelowna for their final showdown this weekend, joining Kelowna Chef Mark Filatow (Waterfront Wines) who won the Vancouver Gold Medal Plates competition, to compete for the title of winner of the 2012 Gold Medal Plates competitions and 2013 Canadian Culinary Champion. It’s the biggest cooking competition in Canada, linked with the Olympics since it’s a fundraiser for Canada’s elite athletes. The competition draws stars from all walks: star chefs competing and judging, star food media, star athletes (past medal-winning Olympic athletes), and star entertainers. Best of all, for the next 2 years the competition will hold its final culinary showdown right here in Kelowna.
Taking place on February 8 and 9, Gold Medal Plates and the Canadian Culinary Championships will feature the chefs from across the country who won the first round of Gold Medal Plates competitions in their respective cities. Get to know the competing chefs for 2013. The title of culinary champion will be decided on after three grueling competitions taking place Friday evening, Saturday morning, and the final gala evening on Saturday night. Tickets are still available for the Saturday night gala, with the other two competitions already sold out.
Along with the intrepid chefs, a star-studded cast of athletes and entertainers will also bring pizzazz to the events. Performers Barney Bentall and Alan Doyle (Great Big Sea) will headline the entertainment on Saturday evening. Olympic athletes Jamie Salé and Adam van Koeverden will bring their stories of athletic excellence to the stage; while audiences will get to vie for glittering auction items like trips hosted by Olympians and famous artists. Who will be named Best Chef in Canada this year? Get your tickets to the Saturday night Gala to find out!