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Gold Medal Plates: Eat, Sleep, Eat This Weekend at Kelowna Hotels

February 03, 2014

by Natalie Appleton

While Canada’s top athletes are competing at the Olympics in Sochi starting this weekend, Canada’s top chefs will be right here competing in the Canadian Culinary Championships. Kelowna hotels are only too happy to welcome these culinary stars.

Whether you’re a foodie or a chef in training, you’ll love the thrill of watching any of the Canadian Culinary Championships Gold Medal Plates events, taking place Feb. 7 and 8.

Kelowna hosts this widely popular two-day culinary competition every February after the best chefs from across Canada earn their spot in regional competitions. This year’s Gold Medal Plates features 11 chefs from Victoria all the way to St. John’s.

Here’s a breakdown of the three high stakes events that will see Canada’s best chefs vying for the top title:


1) Mystery Wine Pairing Competition

Friday, Feb. 7 2014
Held at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, just a short drive or walk from most other Kelowna hotels.

They say this is the hardest of the Gold Medal Plate events. The Mystery Wine Pairing Competition sees chef uncork an unknown vintage and take on the challenge of creating a dish that matches it perfectly. Chefs, who are given a taste on Thursday, can only spend a set amount of money on the local ingredients. If you’re one of the lucky guests, you’ll get to enjoy both the dish and the wine!

Kelowna Mystery Wine Pairing Competition

Who will be the 2014 Best Chef in Canada? Okanagan foodies and budding chefs will find out at the upcoming Canadian Culinary Championships, being held in Kelowna Feb. 7 & 8.

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2) Black Box Competition

Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Held at the Okanagan College KLO Campus.

Just a handful of ingredients and only 10 minutes to create two recipes—that’s the challenge behind the Black Box Competition. There are two more stipulations: First, chefs have to use each ingredient in the box in a least one of the two dishes, and, second, they only have one hour to bring those meals to life.


3) The Grand Finale

Saturday, Feb. 8, 6:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Held at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort.

Eat, drink and be merry with the sounds of Barney Bentall and Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson. At the Grand Finale, chefs treat guests to their signature dish, who will also have a chance to taste wine, bid at a silent auction, listen to chef interviews and be entertained by the performances. Of course, at the grand finale, the 2014 Best Chef in Canada will be crowned.


Looking for something to do between events? Check out our post Winter Artwalk: From Kelowna Hotels to Canadian Art.

Take in the Canadian Culinary Championships and stay with us at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites, offering a mineral pool, hot tub, spa, pub, free hot breakfast and more.


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