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Spirit of the West and Barney Bentall to headline Gold Medal Plates

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November 15, 2014 - 10:33 AM

KELOWNA - The 2015 Canadian Culinary Championships is taking shape with Spirit of the West and Barney Bentall scheduled to headline at the the event that crowns Canada's number one chef.

Front men John Mann and Geoffrey Kelly will join band member and guitarist Matthew Harder and Canadian pop/rock legend Barney Bentall as the featured performers for the event's grand finale Feb. 7, 2015.

The championships start Feb. 6.

The Canadian Culinary Championships pits Gold Medal Plates winning chefs from 11 Canadian cities, coast to coast against one another to find Canada's best.

The grande finale of the Gold Medal Plates is a national project celebrating Canadian excellence in food, wine, sport and entertainment. Kelowna will continue to be home to this competition for the next six years.

“We are so proud to bring together this star-studded cast of performers, athletes, and chefs to celebrate the spirit of achievement,” CEO and co-founder of Gold Medal Plates and the Canadian Culinary Championships Stephen Leckie says in a media release. “All three competitions over 2 days in February to place Canada’s top chefs on the podium, are wildly exciting.

"It is so much fun that it’s easy to forget that the whole endeavor has raised 8.2 million dollars and counting for Canadian Olympic Foundation, in support of Canadian Olympic athletes.”

Bentall's history with Mann goes back 30 years. Mann is struggling with Alzheimer's, so the opportunity to perform together is particularly poignant.

"I also never get tired of the time I spend with the Olympians," Bentall says. "Their dedication to what they do never ceases to amaze me.”

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