Tag: Marc Lepine

  • Opening: Sawision’s Stofa

    Opening: Sawision’s Stofa

    Have to admit, I’m pretty stoked for this place. Jason Sawision, chef de cuisine at Atelier restaurant for six years, Marc Lepine’s sous chef for both the 2012 and 2016 golden wins at the Canadian Culinary Championships, 14-month intern at chef Michael Stadtlander’s Eigensinn Farm, butcher for a year at Toronto’s The Healthy Butcher, chef/instructor […]

  • Restaurants for Change 2016: October 19th

    Restaurants for Change 2016: October 19th

    It began with 25 participating restaurants in 9 cities across the country. Two years later, the 2016 Restaurants for Change has grown to more than 70 restaurants in 16 cities. Proceeds from dinner service at these restaurants on October 19th will be channeled to local community food centres throughout the province. This year, along with two […]

  • Atelier chef Marc Lepine handed cup and keys

    Atelier chef Marc Lepine handed cup and keys

    “Am I in the right place?” he asked me. I was walking into restaurant atelier on Tuesday morning, and Max introduced himself as a cameraman assigned to take some photos of a chef. “If you’re here for the official presentation of the Canadian Culinary Championships trophy to chef Marc Lepine then yes, this is atelier […]

  • 2016 Gold Medal Plates chefs

    2016 Gold Medal Plates chefs

    They’ve all accepted the invitation and I’m delighted with the lineup of competing chefs for 2016. This year marks the eleventh Gold Medal Plates, taking place on November 7th at the Shaw Centre. And here they are: Kevin Benes from Carben Michael Blackie from NeXT Marc Doiron from town Mike Houle from The Village House (Wakefield) Daniela Manrique […]

  • Canadian Culinary Championships 2016

    Canadian Culinary Championships 2016

    Well folks, he did it again. Commandingly. Again. It was déjà vu at the Canadian Culinary Championships 2016, as Ottawa chef Marc Lepine, together with his Atelier team (sous chef Jason Sawision, chef de partie Justin Champagne, and sommelier Steve Robinson) soared ahead of the pack at the mystery wine pairing competition and then won […]

  • The Black Box Competition 2016

    The Black Box Competition 2016

    Change is usually always a good thing, and the changes made at this year’s CCC Black Box competition were that. In past years, chefs had to use all the ingredients in the box to create two dishes (or one year, they selected 6 out of a possible 10 ingredients); this year, there were seven ingredients […]

  • Mystery Wine Pairing competition

    Mystery Wine Pairing competition

    With 500 bucks stuffed in a back pocket and a bottle of label-less wine in hand, eleven chefs scoured the Kelowna markets to buy the raw materials to make 400 plates of food. A dish to impress, yes, but also to kiss the wine on both cheeks. And what was the wine? Apparently, every one […]

  • And they’re off…Canadian Culinary Championships 2016

    And they’re off…Canadian Culinary Championships 2016

    It’s shopping day! The eleven competing chefs have spent the night drinking wine, dreaming food, and making a list, and are now scouring the Kelowna markets for provisions to create a winning plate. This is my favourite competition: The Mystery Wine Pairing. Each chef was handed an unmarked bottle last night. They all know two […]

  • 613 Supper Club

    613 Supper Club

    “The first course is actually above you.” And so it was: charcuterie and house pickles, affixed with wooden pins to a makeshift clothesline that zigzagged the roof. Before we were directed by barman Jamie Martyniuk to look up and unhook the Seed to Sausage treats, I had thought the bit above us was an old-style […]