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Canadian Culinary Championships

Friday, Feb 5, 2016 - Saturday, Feb 6, 2016

The Canadian Culinary Championships – Canada’s Best Kitchen Party!

The competition has started! The top 8 – 10 chefs from each of the 11 cities in Canada have been selected by a national and regional panel of judges and they are preparing to compete this fall for the honour of being the Gold Medal Plates champion in their city. During the Gold Medal Plates project over 100 competing chefs create their ultimate dish and pair it with a premier Canadian wine, beer or spirit. A team of food and wine critics from each city work with national critics to determine the top three winning creations and then a gold, silver and bronze medal winning chef is crowned. To be invited to compete is a notch in the belt. To win the gold is a major achievement! The gold medal winning chef from each city goes on to compete at the Gold Medal Plates Finale – The Canadian Culinary Championship – in Kelowna, British Columbia. To be crowned the top chef in Canada is a career changer!

Don’t miss out on what will be the most extraordinary culinary competition you will ever witness!

Mystery Wine Pairing – Competition I
Friday, February 5 at 6:00 pm
Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel
Dress: Casual Chic

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.

The Black Box – Competition II
Saturday, February 6 at 8:00 am – 1:30 pm
Okanagan College Culinary Arts Department
Dress: Casual

NOTE: this event is ONLY open to guests who purchase the Gold Sponsor, Olympian, Silver, or 3-Event packages. Food is only plated for judges.

One of the most exciting parts to the competition! Chefs will receive only 10 minutes notice, and a black box containing a small array of diverse foods before having to produce and plate two spectacular dishes for the national judges. All in one very short hour! Guests won’t get much closer to watching an Iron Chef type competition than this – you are in the kitchen where all the action is!

Untitled-1The Grand Finale – Competition III
Saturday, February 6
Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel
Dress: Cocktail

We are excited to announce that we are expanding the venue with a tented and heated terrace, adding 5,000 sq ft to the competition floor! And we will not be selling more tickets. We know the space has been too crowded in the past as the event is just too popular so this year we will enjoy more space and less crowds!

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 2016 will be crowned and a victory celebration will be staged including a show produced by National Entertainment Advisor, Jim Cuddy. Food and wine included.

Friday, Feb 5, 2016 - Saturday, Feb 6, 2016
6:00pm - 8:00pm
1310 Water Street, Kelowna, BC (Downtown)
(at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort Hotel) View Map
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