Gold Medal Plates Culinary Championships

Mystery Wine Pairing – Competition I
Friday, February 6 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. Food and wine included. 

The Black Box – Competition II
Saturday, February 7 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 10 ingredients of diverse foods before having to produce and plate one spectacular dish using 6 of the 10 ingredients 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!

The Grand Finale – Competition III
Saturday, February 7
Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel
Dress: Cocktail 

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 2014 will be crowned and a victory celebration will be staged including performances by Spirit of the West front men John Mann and Geoffrey Kelly alongside the legendary Barney Bentall with special guest Matthew Harder. Food and wine included.