The 2017 Canadian Culinary Championships presented by is taking place in Kelowna, Feb. 3 and 4. Events have strong ticket sales and events are already surpassing sales from previous years with 90 per cent of tickets for each event already being sold.
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, Feb. 3
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, Feb. 4
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. The cost is $275 plus tax.
“We are entering our seventh 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 event chair Judy Burns.
“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.
“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,” said chef Bernard Casavant, culinary manager for Okanagan College.
Tickets for events can be purchased online at or by calling 778-883-3448.
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