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B.C.'s Chen takes top chef

ORIGINAL: 11 p.m.

British Columbia reigned supreme at the Canadian Culinary Championships Saturday night. 

Alex Chen, representing Vancouver’s Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar, took home the top spot after two very full days of competition. 

This was't Chen's first time at the competition, but he said it never got easier. 

"It was just as difficult," he said. "From the first one you learn a lot, whether it's managing your energy, eat properly, just get at least 'x' amount of hours of sleep, it's all very, very important."

After a few Canadian Culinary Competitions, Chen said he was done with competing. 

"This is probably my last my competition," he said. "Honestly, this is a good win, and I can just move on with the rest of my life without competing again." 


ORIGINAL: 6:30 p.m.

After two days of minimal sleep and high stress, the eleven chefs competing in the Canadian Culinary Championships are on the home stretch.

The final event takes place at the Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel, where the chefs from across Canada will work to create their best dishes for the hundreds of attendees, with no restrictions.

Their meals will also be paired with a Canadian wine, beer or cocktail.

Judges will crown Canada’s Champion Chef by the end of the night, factoring in the competitor's performances at Friday night's mystery wine pairing event and Saturday morning's black box competition.

Last year's champion, Jinhee Lee from Calgary, will be on hand to pass along her title to this year's winner.

Saturday night's event will also feature entertainment by 54-40 and will host several Canadian Olympic athletes through the night.

Since 2004, the Canadian Culinary Championships and its regional qualifying competitions, Gold Medal Plates, have raised almost $12 million for Canadian Olympic athletes.

The finale kicks off at 6:30 p.m.



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