February 7, 2017

Calgary Chef Wins 2017 Gold Medal Plates Finale

Alberta chefs reach podium at 2017 Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna, BC.

Chef Jinhee Lee of Foreign Concept in Calgary was announced winner of the 2017 Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna, BC this weekend. Her winning dish, titled “Cha Ca La Vong” was a tumeric fish mosaic with dill, paired with the Bartier Bros 2014 Gewurztraminer. Chef Lee won People’s Choice for the Mystery Wine Pairing as well.

Chef Eric Hanson of Prairie Noodle Shop in Edmonton also took home hardware, winning the bronze medal with his award-winning spot prawn dish, paired with Culmina Family Estate’s Gruner. This marks the first time in Gold Medal Plates history that both Alberta representatives made the podium in the same year.

The silver medal was won by Chef Joe Thottungal of Coconut Lagoon in Ottawa.

Alberta is becoming a force to be reckoned with on the Canadian Culinary scene, and is on a 4-year streak of making the podium.  Calgary Chef Matthew Batey of The Nash won silver last year, Chef Ryan O’Flynn (previously of the Westin Edmonton, now of recently opened The Guild in Calgary) won gold in 2015, and Chef Duncan Ly (previously of Yellow Door Bistro and now driving force behind the same Foreign Concept as winner Jinhee Lee) winning silver in 2014.

Before that, Calgary Chef Hayato Okamitsu (previously of Catch, now a Culinary Instructor at SAIT) was the first Albertan to make the podium, winning gold in 2008.

About Gold Medal Plates and the Canadian Culinary Championships
Gold Medal Plates is the ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in cuisine, wine, the arts and athletic achievement. Celebrated in eleven cities across Canada, Gold Medal Plates features the premier chefs in each city in a competition to crown a gold, silver and bronze medal culinary team in each city, and subsequently nation-wide at the Canadian Culinary Championships.  
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