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For Immediate Release:
January 13, 2017

CANADIAN CULINARY CHAMPIONSHIPS LIMITED TICKETS LEFT

Kelowna, B.C. – The 2017 Canadian Culinary Championships presented by Deloitte. is taking place in Kelowna, BC February 3-4, 2017. Events have strong ticket sales and events are already surpassing sales from previous years with 90% of tickets for each event already being sold.

Tickets for events can be purchased online at www.goldmedalplates.com or by calling 778-883-3448.

Eleven chefs compete in three events over two days, challenging their skills, endurance and ability to think quickly with the goal of being crowned champion.

Attendees at each event have the opportunity to enjoy the dishes created by each competitor along with their wine pairings. Guests attending the Grand Finale will enjoy live music from Johnny Reid and Danny Michel and have the opportunity to bid on incredible live auction items exclusive to the Canadian Culinary Championships and cheer on all competitors as we witness who makes it to the podium in 2017.

Tickets are available for two key events including:
Friday, February 3, 2017
Mystery Wine Pairing
Chefs are given a mystery bottle of wine and must create a dish with local ingredients that best complements the mysterious vintage, in a set amount of time and with a set budget. Guests will have the pleasure of sampling these creations on the opening night of the competition in a stand up cocktail reception format. During the event, guests will taste the mystery wine and play ‘judge’ as they vote on the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for the best wine and food pairing. A silent auction of rare wines and other experiences will also be featured. Food and wine included. Cost to attend $145 plus tax.

Saturday, February 4, 2017
Grand Finale Competition
On the final night of competition, anything goes. Chefs create their best dish for guests to sample, paired with a great wine from their regional winery partner. By evening’s end, Canada’s Champion Chef of 2017 will be crowned and a victory celebration will be staged including a show produced by National Entertainment Advisor, Jim Cuddy. Food and wine included. Cost: $275 plus tax
“We are entering our 7th year hosting the Gold Medal Plates Grand Finale – the Canadian Culinary Championships. It is very gratifying to see how the community has embraced this event,” comments Judy Burns, Event Chair, Canadian Culinary Championships. “The Championships are one of the most significant culinary competitions held in Canada, attracting many of our top culinary talents. We are proud to have the opportunity to showcase to all of our guests locally and from abroad, the bounty Kelowna and the Okanagan has to share.”

Chef judging will be led by James Chatto, Gold Medal Plates’ National Culinary Advisor and Head Judge and includes the following participating Gold Medal Chefs:
Jesse McCleery – Pilgrimme, Galiano Island, representing British Columbia
Eric Hanson – Prairie Noodle Shop, representing Edmonton
Jinhee Lee – Foreign Concept, representing Calgary
Garrett (Rusty) Thienes – Harvest Eatery and Fresh Market, representing Regina
Scott Torgerson – Radisson Hotel Saskatoon and Aroma Resto Bar, representing 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, representing Halifax
Ruth Wigman – Oppidan, representing St. John’s

“The culinary students at Okanagan College appreciate the opportunity to volunteer for the weekend and work under these very talented competitors, each year they are grateful for the experience and the knowledge they obtain,” comments Chef Bernard Casavant, Culinary Manager, Okanagan College.” “Kelowna is becoming a farm-to-table culinary destination and our local Chef’s enjoy welcoming their peers to our community as well as enjoy the opportunity to share stories and cheer on the competitors.”

Event information:
Official Website: www.goldmedalplates.com
Official Twitter | Instagram: @GoldMedalPlates
Official Hashtag: #CCC2017

About Canadian Culinary Championships
Net proceeds from the Canadian Culinary Championships are provided to the Canadian Olympic Foundation which supports Olympic athletes and high performance programs. Since 2004, Gold Medal Plates has generated over 12 million for Canada’s Olympic athletes.

Gold Medal Plates – Gold Medal Plates is the ultimate celebration of Canadian excellence in food, wine, athletic achievement and entertainment and has raised over 12 million for elite Canadian athletes.  For more information, visit the Gold Medal Plates website www.goldmedalplates.com

Canadian Olympic Foundation –The Beneficiary of Toronto Gold Medal Plates:  The Canadian Olympic Foundation is a national charitable organization that generates support to meet the technical, scientific, medical and coaching needs of Canada’s athletes across all Olympic sports. Proceeds from Gold Medal Plates are given to the Canadian Olympic Foundation to support high performance programs such as Own the Podium. To learn more about the Foundation and the programs it funds, please visit www.olympicfoundation.ca.

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