Category: Gold Medal Plates

  • St John’s Kitchen Party!

    With thanks to James Chatto, head culinary advisor of Canadian Culinary Championships. Here’s what went down in St John’s! November 1/19 We landed in Newfoundland at dusk on Halloween and were safely in St. John’s just as the first jack o’lanterns were lit. Our wayward timetable gave the Kitchen Party 24 hours free time on […]

  • Halifax’s turn: Great Kitchen Party 2019

    Halifax’s turn: Great Kitchen Party 2019

    I don’t suppose this is an original observation, but the weather in the Maritimes is apt to be changeable. Yesterday afternoon we had blazing sunshine and a balmy breeze, then horizontal rain, then hot sun and calm water again, all in the space of an hour. They’re used to it in Halifax, of course, and […]

  • Great Kitchen Party moves to Edmonton

    Great Kitchen Party moves to Edmonton

    Guest blog post from Canadian Culinary Championship Head Judge, James Chatto: The first inklings of autumn were definitely in the air for our Toronto and Vancouver gigs last week. In Edmonton, however, it felt more like winter had already arrived. Yes, the sun dazzled in a cloudless blue sky but many trees were already bare […]

  • Toronto’s Kitchen Party report

    Toronto’s Kitchen Party report

    From my chum, James Chatto, Head Culinary Judge for the Canadian Culinary Championships, a report on the first of eleven ‘Kitchen Parties’ (formerly called Gold Medal Plates), regional events to support local community food centres, youth access to musical instruments, Canadian amateur athletics AND to crown 11 gold medal chefs in cities from Vancouver to […]

  • Ottawa’s Competing Chefs 2019

    Ottawa’s Competing Chefs 2019

    After a nine-year run in Kelowna, BC, and before that (when the 14-year-old event was a moveable feast, in Toronto, Calgary, Whistler and Vancouver), the Canadian Culinary Championships are coming to us. Ottawa will play host to one of the country’s greatest cook-offs, a three-day celebration of our culinary prowess! Eleven chefs from 11 cities […]

  • Let the record show…

    Let the record show…

    …that our city, our national capital region, has won more gold medals at the Canadian Culinary Championships than any other. I’m not bragging here. No ma’am. I’m simply stating a fact. We’ve been on the top rung of the national culinary podium three times. Close behind us, Montreal, Toronto and Calgary chefs have managed to […]

  • A new Canadian Culinary Champion!

    A new Canadian Culinary Champion!

    It was certainly anyone’s podium as the eleven chefs approached the final test in a triathlon of challenges. For the first time in a long time, at least in my memory of judging the Canadian Culinary Championship, there was no clear superstar to beat, no one chef who floated effortlessly to the top of the […]

  • LaSalle to the Canadian Culinary Championships

    LaSalle to the Canadian Culinary Championships

    And he’s off!  (If the snow gods are kind.) Yannick LaSalle (he’s the beaming guy in the middle, sandwiched between 2018 silver medal chef Daniela Manrique of The Soca Kitchen, and bronze-winner chef Jason Sawision of Stofa) is headed tomorrow to compete in the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna BC. LaSalle is head chef of […]

  • Ottawa’s Great Kitchen Party 2018

    Ottawa’s Great Kitchen Party 2018

    Canada’s Great Kitchen Party (formerly known as Gold Medal Plates) rolled into Ottawa for its 13th year this past Thursday. A few things about the event have changed — notably its name and fundraising focus — but at its heart this party remains the country’s most prestigious cook-off. Held in 11 cities from coast to […]