Plates set for competition

The competing chefs have been decided for the Canadian Culinary Championships, Feb. 4 in Kelowna.

The Gold Medal Plates grand finale will take place at the Delta Grand Hotel, with 10 of the best chefs from across the nation. They are:

  • Jesse McCleery – Pilgrimme, Galiano Island, representing B.C.
  • Eric Hanson – Prairie Noodle Shop, representing Edmonton
  • Jinhee Lee – Foreign Concept, representing Calgary
  • Garrett Thienes – Harvest Eatery and Fresh Market, Regina
  • Scott Torgerson – Radisson Hotel Saskatoon and Aroma Resto Bar, Saskatoon
  • Jesse Friesen – Pizzeria Gusto, representing Winnipeg
  • Amanda Ray – Canteen Restaurant, representing Toronto
  • Joe Thottungal – Coconut Lagoon, representing Ottawa
  • Sophie Tabet – Chez Sophie, representing Montreal
  • Mark Gray – Battery Park Beer Bar & Eatery, Halifax
  • Ruth Wigman – Oppidan, representing St. John’s

The chefs will create their best dish for guests to sample, paired with a great wine or spirit from their regional beverage partner. By evening’s end, Canada’s champion chef of 2017 will be crowned.

Organizers have also announced that Canadian musicians Johnny Reid and Danny Michel will perform at the event.

”Guests will be treated to an evening of talent – not only from the eleven chefs from across the country who are creating their best dish, but (also) with an intimate live performance,” said Karen Blair, co-founder and director of Gold Medal Plates. 

Reid has sold more than one million records with his blue-collar country roots rock. Michel has received three Juno nominations and is a Polaris Prize winner for his romanticist, story-telling music. 

Proceeds from the championships benefit the Canadian Olympic Foundation. Since 2004, Gold Medal Plates has generated more than $12 million for Canada's Olympic athletes. 

Anticipated to be another sold out event, tickets can be purchased online at www.goldmedalplates.com.

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