Martin Juneau of Montreal's Newtown Wins Gold at The 2011 Canadian Culinary Championships

MONTREAL, Feb. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Newtown team is extremely proud to announce that Chef de Cuisine, Martin Juneau won Gold in the 2011 Canadian Culinary Championships, which was held February 18th and 19th in Kelowna, BC. The National Golden Plate Award is the ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in cuisine.  

This outstanding achievement only confirms Martin's extensive talent and unique capacity to consistently create exceptional and simple dishes with a sharp eye for the finest in fresh produce and a focus on the quality of the core ingredient. Martin Juneau has a genuine hands-on approach and is involved in each stage of the dish planning. Unparalleled in execution and presentation, Chef Juneau's cuisine is innovative yet simple.

"I am delighted and overwhelmed with the award. Most chefs cook with the hope and aspiration of recognition from our guests and the industry but this award has left me a little lost for words," says Martin Juneau.

James Chatto, Gold Medal Plates national culinary advisor and head judge was very impressed with this year's competitors. Experienced veterans and eager young blood battled for the recognition to be called the best in Canada. He said: "It was a very strong competition with at least four chefs who were within reach of the victory before the Grand Finale. Judges were amazed at the technical brilliance of the dishes and wine matches. In the end we were unanimous in giving the gold silver and bronze medals".

"Martin's food is brilliantly understated, simply executed, theatrically presented and never fails to impress. I ate the food before I met the man behind it and was instantly convinced that Martin's raw talent was the missing ingredient in a reworked unpretentious and more fun Newtown. Martin has only been with us for a month and it would be fair to say that he has taken both us and our guests at Newtown with a bit of a storm. We are all tremendously excited about Martin's Gold achievement at the National Golden Plate Award", explains Brian Bendix, CEO of Stambac International.

Martin Juneau took the helm of the kitchen at Newtown in January 2011 where he cooks in a creative partnership with Executive Chef Daren Bergeron.

Notes to Editors:

Newtown was acquired by a partnership between Tom Nacos and Marcel Elefant from Jacques Villeneuve in 2009 and forms part of the Tom Nacos Group of Restaurant. TNG also owns Decca 77, Weinstein's & Gavino's, Guido and Angelina as well as Burges & Benedicts.

Stambac International is the managing company of TNG and Newtown.

Interviews with Martin Juneau can be scheduled through the contacts below.

About Gold Medal Plates
Gold Medal Plates is the ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in cuisine, wine, entertainment and athletic achievement. Celebrating in eight cities across Canada in 2010, Gold Medal Plates will feature superb wines and the premier chefs in each city, paired with Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes, in a competition to crown a gold, silver and bronze medal culinary team in each city, and subsequently nation- wide at the Canadian Culinary Championships.

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 $5 million for Canada's Olympic and Paralympic athletes! For more information, visit the Gold Medal Plates website

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