Kelowna will keep the Canadian Culinary Championships.
Although already in the fourth year of a five-year agreement to host the competition—the final event in the Gold Medal Plates series, celebrating the best in Canadian cuisine, wine, the arts and athletic achievement—our city won out—again.
Saturday night co-founder Stephen Leckie and general manager of the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, Daniel Bibby, announced the Central Okanagan secured the honour.
“Kelowna is a worthy and enthusiastic home of this national culinary competition,” said Bibby. “We are confident that we will be able to announce the new sponsorship agreement in the next few weeks to keep this great event in our community.”
The competition to earn the 2014 crown was fierce, but chef Lorenzo Loseto, of George Restaurant in Toronto, took the title with his ahi tuna with carrot and pear, a delicious dish expertly paired with KEW Vineyards Old Vine Riesling from Niagara.
“I’m at a loss for words. It feels like all the years of hard work have been recognized tonight. Just to be with these amazing chefs, I couldn’t look at the other dishes because it made me nervous. It means so much in such great company,” said Loseto after the finale Saturday.
The silver was awarded to Chef Duncan Ly of Yellow Door Bistro in Calgary. Chef Danny St. Pierre, from Auguste in Montreal, took the bronze,
Playing to a sold-out audience of 640 wine and food enthusiasts, Bare
naked Ladies lead singer Ed Robertson and West Coast rocker Barney Bentall provided the entertainment.
Olympians Julia Murray (ski-cross), Gabriel Bergen (rowing), Christine Girard (weightlifting), Kristi Richards (freestyle skiing), Curtis Myden (swimming), Darcy Marquardt (rowing), Richard Hortness (swimming), Jeremiah Brown (rowing) and William Dean (rowing) were in attendance as the event raises money for Canadian athletes.
The championships started Friday evening with a mystery wine pairing where chefs prepared a dish they felt perfectly suited the mystery bottle of wine they received less than 24 hours earlier. It was Laughing Stock 2012 Blind Trust White from the Okanagan Valley.
They were given $550 to shop for ingredients to provide a small meal for 425 guests.