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Top Canadian chefs test their skills at Culinary Championships in Kelowna

Garrett ‘Rusty’ Thienes from the Harvest Eatery and Fresh Market in Shaunavon, Sask. is one of the chefs competing in the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna Feb. 3 to Feb. 5, 2017.
Image Credit: Gold Medal Plates and Canadian Culinary Championships via Facebook
February 01, 2017 - 2:30 PM

KELOWNA - Chefs from all over the country will be in Kelowna this weekend for the Canadian Culinary Championships.

Eleven chefs will take part in three events at the Delta Grand Hotel from Feb. 3 to Feb. 5 to test the competitors skills, creativity and endurance.

The first challenge begins Thursday night, when each contender will receive a bottle of wine, according to a media release. On Friday morning, they will be tasked with creating a dish to complement the wine they were given. Armed with $500 they will have to shop for local ingredients to create a dish that will feed a panel of judges, as well as 400 guests.

“It is always so amazing to see the variety of tantalizing dishes that have been created, and yet each chef had the same wine to work with,” David Lawarson with Gold Medal Plates says in the release.

One of the most anticipated events however is the black-box competition. The second competition of the championships challenges chefs to create a dish using seven ingredients, he or she is presented with. In the Chopped-like challenge, each chef has 10 minutes to decide what dish to create and a remaining 50 minutes to prepare and present it to the judges.

In the grand finale, each chef will create a dish they have previously prepared. The only rule is it has to pair with a Canadian beverage. Most competitors have their ingredients shipped in for the challenge.

At the end of the final challenge, the judges will determine who the top three medal winners are - based on all three rounds. Along with bragging rights, the winner will receive a two year lease on a 2017 BMW 430i xDrive Gran Coupe.

Musicians Danny Michel and Johnny Reid are scheduled to perform.

Net proceeds of the event are provided to the Canadian Olympic Foundation.

Tickets for the Mystery Wine Pairing can be purchased online at or by calling 778-883-3448.

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