/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - Gold Medal Plates fires up competition in the quest to find Toronto's best chef/

    TORONTO, Oct. 7 /CNW/ - Ten of Toronto'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 Thursday, October 16, 2008 at the Royal York
    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 Toronto will go on
to compete at the Canadian Culinary Championships next February in Banff,

    Competing chefs are:     J.P. Challet          The Fifth
                             Lino Collevecchio     Via Allegro
                             Jean-Charles Dupoire  Epic
                             Jonathon Gushue       Langdon Hall Country House
                             John Kwan             Lai Toh Heen
                             David Lee             Splendido
                             Patrick Lin           Senses Restaurant
                             Lorenzo Loseto        George
                             Mark McEwan           North 44
                             Scott Woods           Lucien

    Olympic and Paralympic athletes in attendance include:

        Simon Whitfield    Adam van Koeverden    Adam Kreek    Karen Cockburn
        Jayna Hefford      Jeff Buttle

    Date:      Thursday, October 16

    Location:  Royal York Hotel, 100 Front Street West

    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 416-646-2751
or visit www.goldmedalplates.com for ticket information.

For further information:

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

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