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Okanagan College proudly presents the Gold Medal Banquet fundraiser

Culinary Team BC

Fundraising has never been so tasty. Okanagan College is partnering with Culinary Team B.C. and Junior Culinary Team Canada to present a banquet worthy of a gold medal, to raise funds for the teams to compete at the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg this coming November.  

 Culinary Team BC will be cooking its community catering menu during a special fundraising dinner hosted at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus on May 27. OC Culinary Arts students will assist the provincial and junior teams as they prepare this world-class dinner.   

“Welcoming these extremely talented chefs into our kitchens is such an amazing learning experience for our students, and we are excited to invite the community to be a part of it,” says Cari Jahns, Manager of Culinary and Pastry Arts. “We are also happy to support and celebrate the team members who are OC Culinary Arts alumni.” 

Both teams feature familiar OC faces. Provincial team member Chris Braun is an OC alumnus who graduated in 2006. He recently guided the sold-out Student Chef Dinner Series event at Infusions restaurant. Braun joined the Culinary Team B.C. in November 2020 after receiving gold in Canada’s Great Kitchen Party for the Okanagan. Junior Culinary Team Canada member Simon Dufresne also completed the Culinary Arts program at OC in 2020.   

Each Culinary Team B.C. member will be paired with an OC Culinary Arts student throughout the timed practice. OC students will also be working with the members of the Junior Culinary Team Canada team in the design, preparation and assembly of the reception canapés.    

The dinner will include four courses with wines generously provided by Mission Hill Family Estate. The reception starts at 5 p.m. with guests being seated at 5:45 p.m. for dinner.  

All proceeds from the event will support the provincial and junior teams as they head to Luxembourg in November. They will also be competing in the Culinary World Olympics in 2024. 

You can buy your tickets and view the menu on Eventbrite

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