The first of three challenging competitions is now completed at the 2014 Canadian Culinary Championships being held this weekend in Kelowna.
The Mystery Wine Competition was the first of three gruelling challenges for the Chefs, each of whom has won the Gold Medal Plates competition qualifying event in their respective cities.
Less than 24 hours before the competition, they were given the Mystery Wine – Blind Trust White 2012 from Laughing Stock Winery, along with a food budget of $550 with which to feed 425 guests.
This morning they had to decide on the perfect dish to pair with the wine and then find all of the ingredients in Kelowna.
Chef Duncan Ly, from the Yellow Door Bistro in Calgary was chosen as the People’s Choice.
“It feels good to win the People’s Choice Award this evening,” says Chef Ly. “We worked hard and concentrated on the wine to come up with our pairing. The win gives us an extra boost of energy and confidence going into the next competitions. But it is far from over!”
David Lawrason, national wine advisor for Gold Medal Plates was instrumental in choosing the Mystery Wine for this year’s competition.
“Laughing Stock’s Blind Trust White 2012 was a mystery indeed. Non-disclosure of the grapes in the blend was specifically designed to keep everyone guessing. What I liked was the way it harmonized the fresh fruit aromatics and laid in a gentle carpet of oak through partial barrel fermentation. It added sophistication and elevated it beyond the norm of the many white blends now populating the shelves.”
The competition continues with the dramatic Black Box competition Saturday morning and the Grand Finale on Saturday night, where the top three chefs will stand on the podium.