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For Immediate Release:January 30, 2017


Kelowna, B.C. – The 2017 Canadian Culinary Championships (CCC) presented by Deloitte. is taking place this weekend in Kelowna, BC February 3-4, 2017. The eleven competing chefs will be aiming for gold as they compete in three events over two days testing their skills, creativity and endurance.Each of the eleven chefs competed in their home city/province at a Gold Medal Plates event in the fall of 2016. The Gold winning chefs are now arriving in Kelowna, the home of the Canadian Culinary Championships.On Thursday, chefs will be welcomed at the CCC’s opening reception where they will each receive a bottle of a mystery wine. The next morning they are tasked with the challenge of shopping locally for ingredients and ultimately creating a dish that will complement the mystery wine.  They will have been given only $500 for the ingredients and must create a dish that will impress the national judges and the 400 guests in attendance.  The guests will enjoy the dishes from each of the 11 competing chefs while sipping on the Mystery Wine.  “It is always so amazing to see the variety of tantalizing dishes that have been created, and yet each chef had the same wine to work with,” says David Lawrason, the Gold Medal Plates national wine advisor.  “This is an event not to be missed!”The second competition is the black-box competition where the chefs are secluded into a room until it is their turn to compete. Chefs are called one at a time and are presented with a box of 7 ingredients sourced from across Canada. Each chef has 10 minutes to determine what dish they will create using the 7 ingredients and then he or she has 50 minutes to prepare their dish and present to the judges.The final competition is the Grand Finale where the chefs will create their ultimate dish to wow the judges and the guests paired with a Canadian beverage.  Most of them have shipped the ingredients with them as they traveled across Canada to Kelowna. The finale closes with the announcement of the top three medal winners being called to the podium and the bragging rights for one to be called the Canadian Culinary Champion. The winner will also walk away with a 2 year lease on a 2017 BMW 430i xDrive Gran Coupe!There are limited tickets available for the Mystery Wine Pairing and can be purchased online at or by calling 778-883-3448; the Grand Finale on Saturday is sold out.The judging will be led by James Chatto, Gold Medal Plates’ National Culinary Advisor and Head Judge and includes the following participating Gold Medal Chefs:Chefs Competing at the 2017 Canadian Culinary Championships:BRITISH COLUMBIA:   Jesse McCleery – Pilgrimme, Galiano IslandEDMONTON:      Eric Hanson – Prairie Noodle ShopCALGARY:          Jinhee Lee – Foreign ConceptREGINA:             Garrett (Rusty) Thienes – Harvest Eatery and Fresh MarketSASKATOON:    Scott Torgerson – Radisson Hotel Saskatoon & Aroma Resto BarWINNIPEG:         Jesse Friesen – Pizzeria GustoTORONTO:         Amanda Ray – Canteen RestaurantOTTAWA:            Joe Thottungal – Coconut LagoonMONTREAL:       Sophie Tabet – Chez SophieHALIFAX:            Mark Gray – Battery Park Beer Bar & EateryST. JOHN’S:        Ruth Wigman – OppidanThese competitions are a test of skill, creativity and endurance.  Each chef has been training for months for this weekend. “Our judging team is very excited for this years’ competition as we once again have some incredibly talented and creative chefs competing,” comments James Chatto, National Culinary Advisor and Head Judge.Event information:Official Website: www.goldmedalplates.comOfficial Twitter and Instagram: @GoldMedalPlatesOfficial Hashtag: #CCC2017About The 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.comCanadian Olympic Foundation –The Beneficiary:  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

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