Media Advisory - Canada's leading chefs team with Olympians and Paralympians for Canada's ultimate culinary competition in Whistler February 1-3, 2007

    WHISTLER, BC, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - Years of intensive training, perseverance
and unwavering dedication best exemplify what it takes to get to the podium -
as an elite athlete or leading Canadian chef. Seven of Canada's best chefs
will compete in the intense three-day Gold Medal Plates finals, supported by
Olympians and Paralympians. Through a series of three rigorous culinary
events, chefs will be challenged to use their culinary skills to overcome the
competition. The winner will be crowned the Canadian culinary champion.

    Event hosts:              Steve Podborski, bronze medallist, alpine ski,
                              Lake Placid 1980 Olympic Winter Games
                              Ross Rebagliati, gold medallist, snowboard,
                              Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games as well as
                              Paul Rosen, gold medallist, ice sledge hockey,
                              Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games

    Dates and Times:          Thursday, February 1, 2007
                              8:00 - 9 p.m. - Welcoming Reception

                              Friday, February 2, 2007
                              9:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.- Morning Black Box
                              Competition (Mystery Ingredients)

                              Saturday, February 3, 2007
                              9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Blind Wine Pairing

                              Saturday, February 3, 2007
                              7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Final Competition

    Competing Chefs:          Halifax:    Ray Bear, Gio
                              Ottawa:     Michael Blackie, Brookstreet
                              Toronto:    Mark McEwan, North 44
                              Winnipeg:   Makoto Ono, Gluttons
                              Edmonton:   Michael Brown, Westin
                              Calgary:    Michael Lyon, Giorgio's Trattoria,
                              Vancouver:  Robert Clark, C

    Location:                 Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa
                              Whistler, British Columbia

    Interview Opportunities:  There are several opportunities to interview
                              competing chefs and athletes, and event hosts
                              over the weekend.

    About Gold Medal Plates (

    Established in 2003, this premiere event celebrates Canadian excellence
and culture in support of Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Since its
inception, more than $1.5 million has been raised to help elite winter
(through Own the Podium - 2010) and summer athletes (through the Road to
Excellence fund) succeed in their pursuits.

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.

    The Canadian Olympic Committee is a national, private, not-for-profit
organization committed to sport excellence. It is responsible for all aspects
of Canada's involvement in the Olympic movement, including Canada's
participation in the Olympic and Pan American Games and a wide variety of
programs that promote the Olympic Movement in Canada through cultural and
educational means.

    Media:  All events are open to media. Credentials are required. On-site
            filing available.

For further information:

For further information: Media Inquiries: Karen Petcoff, (416) 275-6844,

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