OTTAWA, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ -The Canadian Olympic Committee is proud to
partner for another year of successful Gold Medal Plates fundraising
events. The National Arts Centre will play host to this year's event in
"Gold Medal Plates has been an outstanding success," said COC President
Marcel Aubut. "The money raised by these events will help prepare our
Canadian athletes for London 2012, just as it helped our athletes in
Vancouver in 2010."
Some of the athletes attending the Ottawa event include: Carolyn Waldo
(synchronized swimming), Tania Vicent (short track speed skating), Greg
Joy (athletics) and Katie Weatherston (hockey).
At least, $1 million of the revenues generated from GMP events across
Canada will help prepare our Canadian athletes for London 2012 and
subsequent Olympic Games through high performance programs such as Own
Proceeds from Gold Medal Plates go to the Canadian Olympic Foundation,
supporting programs that further Canadian high performance athletes'
pursuit of excellence on the world stage - programs like Own The Podium
and the COC's Athlete Excellence Fund. Gold Medal Plates has generated
a total of $5 million for Canada's Olympic and Paralympic athletes
Gold Medal Plates is the ultimate celebration of Canadian excellence in
food, wine, athletic achievement and entertainment. Each Gold Medal
Plates event will feature superb wines and the premier chefs in each
city, in a competition to crown a gold, silver and bronze medal
culinary team in each city.
The chefs competing for top prize in Ottawa are Matthew Brearley
(Castlegarth Restaurant), Matthew Carmichael (E18ghteen), Ross Fraser
and Simon Fraser (Fraser Café), Michael Hay (Courtyard Restaurant),
Caroline Ishii (ZenKitchen), Patricia Larkin (Black Cat Bistro), Marc
Lepine (Atelier), Charles Part (Restaurant Les Fougères), Lili Sullivan
(East and Main) and Steve Wall (Luxe Bistro).
The competition comes to a head at the Canadian Culinary Championships,
where the nine winners will compete for the ultimate prize February 10th and 11th, 2012, in Kamloops, B.C.
The theme for this year's events will be "London Calls: Canada Will
Answer," referencing next year's Olympic Games in London, England.
About the Canadian Olympic Foundation
The Canadian Olympic Foundation is a national charitable organization
that generates support to meet the technical, scientific, medical and
coaching needs of Canada's athletes across all Olympic sports. The
Foundation is supported by corporate partners, private donors and funds
raised by programs like the Red Mittens campaign and Gold Medal Plates.
For further information, please visit www.olympicfoundation.ca. Join us on Facebook at facebook.com/canadianolympicteam and follow us on Twitter at @CDNOlympicTeam.
The 2011 Gold Medal Plates Competition
Gold Medal Plates is the ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in
cuisine, wine, entertainment and athletic achievement. Celebrated in
nine cities across Canada in 2011, Gold Medal Plates features superb
wines and the premier chefs in each city in a competition to crown a
gold, silver and bronze medal culinary team in each city, and
subsequently nation-wide. Founded in 2003, the goal of Gold Medal
Plates is to raise substantial funds for Canada's high performance
athletes, while celebrating Canadian excellence. Since 2004, this event
has received tremendous support and accolades all across Canada, and
generated a combined net total of over $5 million for Canada's Olympic
and Paralympic athletes! For more information, visit the Gold Medal
Plates website www.goldmedalplates.com.
For further information:
Dimitri Soudas, Executive Director, Communications, Canadian Olympic Committee
Tel.: (416) 324-4136, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacquie LaRocque, Gold Medal Plates
Tel.: (613) 288-5044, Email: email@example.com
Kathleen Olson, Gold Medal Plates
Tel.: (613) 237-4262, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org