Media Advisory - Canadian Culinary Championships - Weekend line up of competitions in Toronto

    TORONTO, Feb. 7 /CNW/ - Who will be named Canada's Best Chef? Seven of
Canada's best chefs from cities across the country will meet in Toronto
February 7, 8 and 9 to compete for the Canadian Culinary Championships'
prestigious title of Canada's Best Chef.

    Who:   Melissa Craig of Bearfoot Bistro in Whistler (Vancouver)
           Paul Rogalski of Rouge (Calgary)
           Judy Wu of Wild Tangerine (Edmonton)
           Anthony Walsh of Canoe (Toronto)
           Michael Moffatt of Beckta Dining and Wine (Ottawa-Gatineau)
           Roland Ménard of Manoir Hovey (Montréal)
           Martin Ruiz Salvador of Fleur de Sel (Halifax)

    Weekend Schedule:

    Black Box                             Thursday, Feb 7   6 p.m. reception
    Competition    George Brown College                     7 pm competition
                   300 Adelaide Street East

    The Black Box contains six secret ingredients. Iron Chef-style, they will
    have one hour to create two dishes for each of the judges, using all the
    ingredients from the box. This is an exciting and intense part of the
    Championships, when stress levels and sometimes tempers run high.

    Mystery Wine   Century Room           Friday, Feb 8     6 p.m. reception
    Pairing        Night Club                               7 pm competition
                   580 King St. West

    Each chef is given an unlabelled bottle of the 2007 Canadian Culinary
    Championship's "mystery wine" with instructions to create a dish that
    would perfectly match the wine. Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy is a celebrity

                                          Sat. Feb 9        6 p.m. reception
    Grande Finale  Arcadian Court                           7 pm competition
                   401 Bay Street

    Each of the chefs will be preparing one dish at his or her food station
    for everyone to taste, paired with his or her chosen wine from any winery
    in Canada. Geddy Lee (RUSH) is a celebrity judge and Curt Harnett (triple
    Olympic medalist) is the emcee. Justin Trudeau (CCC Honourary
    Ambassador), and a host of celebrities round out this exciting final
    event. Gold Medal Plates will present medal winning wines from the top
    ten wineries of the 2007 Canadian Wine Awards Winning chefs will be
    crowned at approximately 8:45 p.m.

    About Gold Medal Plates

    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. For more information visit

    Media: Please call ahead for media pass

For further information:

For further information: Media enquiries: Karen Petcoff, (416) 275-6844,; Karen Blair, (416) 778-6533,

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