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College's Culinary Arts students showcase talents as part of Wine Festival

Okanagan College Media Release

Residents and visitors will have two chances to check out how some of the valley’s freshest cooking talent is relating to the region’s wine industry next week as Okanagan College’s culinary arts students participate in two Okanagan College Wine Festival events.

Young chefs from the valley and students from the College’s program – established more than 30 years ago – will be putting their skills to work on Tuesday, Oct. 5 as part of a Young Chefs competition, where they will be challenged to create an appetizer, main or dessert course using award-winning fine cheeses from Alexis de Portneuf Fine Cheese Makers and matching them with wines from nine different Okanagan Wineries.

On Friday, Oct. 8 culinary arts students will be back at work as part of the Wine Festival, creating a five-course gourmet dinner that will be paired with wines from a host of area wineries, including Summerhill, See Ya Later Ranch, Gehringer Bros. and Sumac Ridge.

Tickets for the Young Chefs competition are available through Ticketmaster.ca or by calling 250 860-1470.

Tickets for Friday night’s dinner are available by calling 250 762-5445, ext. 4426. They both start at 6 p.m.

At the Tuesday event, the Okanagan Chefs Association will choose the Alexis de Portneuf Top Young Chef Award. The Quebec cheese-making firm has the distinction of having produced the world’s best cheese in 2009, an ash-covered soft-surface ripened goat cheese called Le Cendrillon.

“The challenge to make a recipe incorporating cheese from Alexis de Portneuf is very appealing to any chef,” says Willi Franz, Chef at the Grapevine Restaurant Patio at Gray Monk Estate Winery. “It is a delight that this event has been created for young chefs, wineries and the public to enjoy together. It provided further proof that our wine region is amongst the leaders in creating unique wine and food events and another reason why the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival is one of the Top 100 Events in North America.”

“So many of the students we have trained are distinguishing themselves in the region and helping develop the Okanagan’s reputation for culinary excellence, that it gives us real pleasure to be a part of the Wine Festival and to showcase developing talents,” says John Haller, Okanagan College’s Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship.

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