It was unanimous. Every judge from every region across the country agreed: Marc Lepine was the undisputed winner. He won the mystery wine pairing event, he won the People’s Choice Award, he won the Black Box Competition and placed second at tonight’s Grande Finale, at which he recreated the dish that secured him the gold in the regional competition in Ottawa last fall.
I’m collapsing into bed now, but with a big stupid grin on my face, so pleased am I for Lepine and his team from that tiny little restaurant called atelier, gold medallist among a field that included such heavyweights as Vancouver’s Rob Feenie of the Cactus Club Restaurants, and Toronto’s Johathan Gushue of the Relais et Chateau property, Langdon Hall.
Rob Feenie actually took the silver medal, and the bronze went to the crowd pleasing Jean-Phillipe St-Denis from Montreal.
Congratulations to Marc Lepine. Ottawa should be very proud.