VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Centerplate, the leading Event Hospitality partner to North America's top entertainment venues, convention centers and sports franchises, is proud to announce that Executive Chef Ryan Stone of BC Place stadium, will be competing for Team BC in the culinary world's ultimate competition: the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) or World Culinary Olympics. As part of the British Columbia delegation, Centerplate's BC Place Executive Chef Ryan Stone and Culinary team member Westley Feist, will travel to Erfurt, Germany, competing to bring B.C. a fourth consecutive gold medal at the Culinary Olympics, while promoting British Columbia's international reputation for culinary excellence.
Drawing on a long-standing partnership with Culinary Team BC, Centerplate has hosted these leading culinary creators as guest chefs on the general concession level at select events for the 2012 season, as well as the 2011 Grey Cup Championship at BC Place. In partnership with Centerplate, Team BC has introduced unique culinary delights, and provided world-class hospitality for fans at BC Place including:
- Braised beef short rib sandwich with apple-horseradish coleslaw
- Texas style pulled pork sliders
- Braised meatball sandwich with arugula and provolone
- Freshly made maple bacon donuts
- A snack mix with 5-spice duck rinds
These guest chef appearances have generated incredible media attention for BC Place and its industry-leading food and beverage programs. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from Team BC specials have gone towards the team's fundraising efforts.
"We've been honored to have Chef Ryan Stone on our team here at BC Place, and now we're thrilled to announce his participation on Team BC for the World Culinary Olympics," said Michael Baker, of Centerplate. "Our team offers guests and fans world-class hospitality at BC Place, so we're rooting for Chef Stone to prove our culinary talent is truly the best in the world."
Team British Columbia is made up of B.C. chefs who have proven themselves to be some of the very best. The team pursues excellence in culinary arts, skills and craftsmanship in order to deservedly represent British Columbia as Culinary Ambassadors. Innovation must be balanced with viability when the team creates a display table of food in three different categories. Judging is based on presentation, innovation, composition and correct professional preparation. In addition, the use of indigenous products and exemplary plating are carefully scrutinized.
Centerplate crafts and delivers "Craveable Experiences. Raveable Results." in over 250 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues across North America – annually serving over 100 million guests. Centerplate has provided event hospitality services to 15 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 13 Super Bowls, 20 World Series, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and the largest plated dinner in history at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Celebration. Last year, the company was named the fastest growing restaurant/ hospitality group in the country by Nation's Restaurant News. Visit the company online at www.centerplate.com
About BC Place
BC Place is the largest sports, exhibition and entertainment venue of its kind in British Columbia, hosting the province's most notable events including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. An all-new BC Place reopened in September 2011 after completing a major revitalization that included the installation of the largest cable-supported retractable roof of its kind in the world. Today, BC Place is home to Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the BC Lions Football Club and the BC Sports Hall of Fame. BC Place is an important generator of economic activity in British Columbia, hosting world-class entertainment events, professional and amateur sport, community gatherings and exhibitions. For more information, please visit www.bcplace.com
For further information:
Ashley Luneburg, +1-203-975-5903