Woohoo! Announcing the lineup of Ottawa chefs for Gold Medal Plates 2013!
I’m delighted to announce the eight chefs who will be facing off at the Ottawa/Gatineau Gold Medal Plates culinary competition on November 18th at the National Arts Centre.
The winner, as you know, will go on to compete in the Canadian Culinary Championships in February 2014, against all the victorious chefs in ten other competing cities across the country and no doubt, Ottawa will do as remarkably well at the national level as it has always done in past years. Just look at us: Michael Blackie took the Silver at the CCC in 2006, Matthew Carmichael the Bronze in 2009, Marc Lepine won gold (the Canadian Culinary Champion for 2012) and just last year, Jamie Stunt of OZ Kafe took the silver, one turn of the whisk behind Toronto’s Marc St.Jacques of Auberge du Pommier.
So here, Ottawa, are your Gold Medal Plates competing chefs for 2013:
From Beckta Dining and Wine, Katie Brown
From The Wellington Gastropub, Chris Deraiche
From Town, Marc Doiron
From ARC Lounge.Dining, Jason Duffy
From the Carleton Grill, Sheraton Hotel, Frédéric Filliodeau
From Odile, Marysol Foucault
From Sidedoor, Jonathan Korecki
From Navarra, René Rodriguez
Some have competed before: this will be a second year for both Jason Duffy and Jonathan Korecki who podiumed at last year’s GMP, taking silver and bronze medals respectively (Jamie Stunt of OZ Kafé took the top prize). This will be year two for Chris Deraiche of The Wellie, and René Rodriguez of Navarra competed way back in 2010. He’s coming back for another kick at the can.
First-timers this year are Katie Brown of Beckta, Marisol Foucault of the Gatineau restaurant Odile (and the little café called Edgar) and Frédéric Filliodeau of the Carleton Grill.
My thanks to Sheila Whyte, Chef Jud Simpson, Pam Collacott, Margaret Dickenson and GMP culinary advisor James Chatto, my fellow judges who help me with the impossibly difficult decision of which chefs to invite year after year. I think it’s a fine roster, I’m hungry already, and I wish each chef all the very best in this year’s cook off. All for a cause, of course. The Gold Medal Plates, through its series of cross-Canada culinary competitions, raises money for Canadian Olympic athletes.