The time of year that people deem awards season is over, but not for Canadian foodies. Gold Medal Plates, the country's most prestigious culinary competition, will return to Halifax October 17.
For Gold Medal Plates, the top chefs in 11 different Canadian regions are chosen to sharpen their knives and create their most innovative dish and pair it with a Canadian wine, spirit or beer. The best of the best then compete for the honour of national top chef in Kelowna, BC next February.
The competition is not all about food however. Proceeds raised by Gold Medal Plates are given to support Canada’s Olympic athletes (hence the gold medal). Each event features current and former Canadian athletes and musicians as special guests plus a live auction where guests can bid on amazing travel experiences with these same musicians and athletes. Since 2004, the events have raised over $7.4 million for the Canadian Olympic Foundation making it an excellent combination of food, entertainment and sport that Canadians can be proud of.
The competition has only been to Halifax three times out of the seven years it has been running but this year it’s starting off in our city, hosted by local laugh-maker Shaun Majumder. “It’s just saying, ‘you know what Nova Scotia is a culinary destination and we’re in line with everyone else in Canada,” says Taste of Nova Scotia's Christine White.
The nine chefs selected from our region are: Bryan Corkery, Elements on Hollis; Mark Gabrieau, Gabrieau’s Bistro (Antigonish); Roland Glauser, Charlotte Lane (Shelburne), Sam Jaggi, Grand Taj; Jason Lynch, Le Caveau (Grand Pré); Martin Ruiz Salvador, Fleur de Sel (Lunenburg); Tahir A. Salamat, RCR Hospitality Group; Geir Simensen, Saege Bistro and Terry Vassallo, Café Chianti.
The event isn’t until October so if the spirit moves you, you have the opportunity to pre-taste all of the chefs' dishes and form your own opinion. To purchase tickets for the 2013 Gold Medal Plates Halifax, head to goldmedalplates.com.