Media Advisory - Gold Medal Plates fires up competition in the quest to find Vancouver's Best Chef

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - Twelve of Vancouver'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 on Wednesday, November 5, 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
700+ guests attending the event. A panel of culinary judges selects the gold,
silver and bronze winners; the gold medal winning chef from Vancouver will go
on to compete at the Canadian Culinary Championships held next February in
Banff, Alberta.

    Competing chefs are:

    Jeremie Bastien  Boneta                 Robert Belcham    Fuel
    Ned Bell         Cabana Grille          Quang Dang        C Restaurant
    Kevin Doucette   The Westin Bayshore    Andrey Durbach    Parkside
    Jeff Van Geest   Aurora Bistro          Frank Pabst       Blue Water Cafe
    JC Poirier       Chow                   Hidekazu Tojo     Tojo's
    Edward Tuson     Sooke Harbour House    Koji Zenimaru     Kingyo

    Olympic and Paralympic athletes in attendance include:

    Simon Whitfield, Adam Kreek, Adam van Koeverden, Ben Rutledge, Ryan
Cochrane, David Calder, David Ford, Garrett Hickling, Jake Wetzel, Ross
Rebagliati, Lauren Woolstencroft, Kirsten Barnes, Veronica Brenner, Diane
Clement, Doug Clement, Charmaine Crooks, Catherine Priestner-Allinger,
Kathleen Heddle Bryden, Paul Gauthier, Karen Magnussen, Derek Porter, Tricia

    Date:        Wednesday, November 5

    Location:    Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Drive

    Timing:      5:15 - 6:00 p.m.     VIP Reception - Interviews with chefs
                                      and athletes
                 6:00 - 7:45 p.m.     Culinary competition
                 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.    Speeches, entertainment featuring Jim
                                      Cuddy of Blue Rodeo
                 9:20 p.m.            Vancouver's gold, silver and bronze
                                      medal culinary winners announced

    Gold Medal Plates' regional competitions begin in October and include
Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. 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. Outstanding team performance extends to the
corporate partnerships of GE and EPCOR and title sponsors of Gold Medal
Plates, companies that recognize the value of investing in Canadian excellence
and achievement. For more information:

    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. For more information, see the COC website:

For further information:

For further information: Tina Oliver, (604) 803-8813, Kimberley Bowie,
(604) 831-2415

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