Gold Medal Plates fires up competition in the quest to find Ottawa's best chef

    TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - Ten of Ottawa's most celebrated chefs will battle
it out to see who will be named the city's best chef during the Gold Medal
Plates competition held Wednesday, October 15, 2008.
    A celebration of Canadian excellence, Gold Medal Plates brings together
the finest chefs, wines and athletes. Olympic and Paralympic athletes assist
each competing chef, together creating and serving their signature dish to the
500+ guests attending the event. A panel of culinary judges selects the gold,
silver and bronze winners; the gold medal winning chef from Ottawa will go on
to compete at the Canadian Culinary Championships next February in Banff,

    Competing chefs are:  Yannick Anton           Signatures
                          Ben Baird               The Urban Pear
                          Derek Benitz            Benitz Bistro
                          Michael Blackie         Perspectives
                          Matthew Carmichael      Restaurant E18hteen
                          Patrick Garland         Absinthe
                          Stev George             Olivea
                          Arup Jana               Allium
                          Charles Part            Les Fougères
                          Steve Wall              The Whalesbone Oyster House

    Olympic and Paralympic athletes in attendance include:

    Simon Whitfield       Adam van Koeverden      Adam Kreek
    Carolyn Waldo         Alex Baumann            Glenroy Gilbert

    Date:     Wednesday, October 15

    Location: Hilton Lac Leamy

    Timing:   5:15-6:00 p.m. VIP Reception - Interviews with chefs and
              6 - 7:45 p.m.  Culinary competition
              8 - 9:30 p.m.  Speeches, entertainment; performance by Jim
                             Cuddy and Kathleen Edwards
              9:00 p.m.      Ottawa's gold, silver and bronze medal chefs

    Gold Medal Plates' regional competitions begin in October and include
Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. Since its
inception, Gold Medal Plates has donated more than $2 million to support
Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes and has elevated the profile of
Canadian cuisine and wine. Gold Medal Plates thanks title sponsors GE and
EPCOR, companies that recognize the value of investing in Canadian excellence
and achievement.
    Seating is limited. Some tickets are still available. Call 613-274-3107
or visit for ticket information.

For further information:

For further information: Sue Holloway, Gold Medal Plates, (613)

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