Written By Gary Hynes Awards / Chefs / Folks Oct 31, 2014 Gold Medal Plates (Victoria) 2014 Winners SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestLast night a sold out crowd at the Victoria Conference Centre dined on dishes prepared by some of the top chefs in British Columbia. The occasion was the Gold Medal Plates gala evening and chef competition. Gold Medal Plates takes place in various cities around the country. The winning chef from each competition then goes on to the Finale – The Canadian Culinary Championship – on February 6th and 7th in Kelowna where the top chef will be chosen. Net proceeds from Gold Medal Plates are given to the Canadian Olympic Foundation to support high performance programs such as Own the Podium. To date over $8.2 million has been raised.Sequestered outside of the main hall in the Sidney room a panel of judges (James Chatto, Andrew Morrison, Shelora Sheldan, Sinclair Philips, Brian Skinner of the Acorn Restaurant – last year’s winner – and myself) scored the dishes.Each chef presented their plate to the judges and explained how it was prepared. Then, the dish was scored on the basis of visual, texture, taste, technique, the wine pairing, originality and its overall wow factor. The level of cooking was outstanding and all the competing chefs should be proud of their work.After all the dishes had been scored the winners were announced. Below are the dishes. GOLD: Kristian Eligh, Hawksworth Restaurant (Vancouver)Paired Wine: Meyer Family Vineyards 2012 Tribute Series Chardonnay ‘Kelly Hrudey’ Old Main Road Vineyard, NaramataHawksworth: Confit pork neck, granny smith apple, puffed Avonlea cheddar, mâche SILVER: Wesley Young, Wildebeest (Vancouver)Paired Wine: Cedar Creek 2011 Platinum ‘Block 2′ Pinot Noir , KelownaWildebeest: Boudin of duck breast & confit leg, duck liver espuma, fig purée, truffle potato, blanched Tokyo turnip BRONZE: Terry Pichor, Sonora Resort (Sonora Island)Paired Wine: Kanazawa Winery 2012 Nomu, NaramataSenora Resort: Senora “Dashi” cured lingcod, Humboldt squid, steamed Dungeness crab, raw shaved pine mushroom, pickled kelp RUNNERS UP:Stephan Drolet, Camilles Restaurant (Victoria)Camilles Restaurant: Venison carpaccio Morgan Wilson, Fairmont Empress (Victoria)Fairmont Empress: BC spot prawns, caviar & ink aioli Jeff Van Geest, Miradoro Restaurant (Oliver)Tinhorn Creek: Beef tongue pastrami, fermented cabbage, kabocha squash, black trumpets, rye cavatelli Jeff Keenliside, The Marina Restaurant (Victoria)The Marina: Beet cured wild salmon, black rice crisp, pickled chanterelles and sea lettuce, chevre cream Garrett Schack, Vista 18 (Victoria)Vista 18: Seared chicken breast with celeriac, charred tomato, cilantro chimichurri and chicken skin popcorn Chris Remington, Penticton Lakeside Resort (Penticton)Penticton Lakeside Resort ChefsGold Medal PlatesVictoria SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Gary Hynes Gary Hynes, a writer and photographer, founded EAT magazine in 1998 and is its editor and chief paperboy. He studied Electronic Music with Samuel Dolan at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, Audio Recording Technology at ... Read More You may also like Awards / Causes November 13, 2016 Gold Medal Plates BC To Take Place Nov. 17 in Victoria GOLD MEDAL PLATES B.C’s COMPETING CHEFS FOR 2016! Victoria – 2016 is an Olympic year and B.C.’s Gold Medal Plates will be celebrating ... Read More Awards / Elsewhere / Restaurants October 23, 2014 Wolf in the Fog Named enRoute’s Best New Restaurant of 2014 Wolf in the Fog is honoured to be named Air Canada enRoute’s 2014 Canada’s Best New Restaurant by Air Canada’s award-winning in-flight ... Read More Awards / Causes / Chefs / Reporter September 13, 2013 What a Night: The Gold Medal Plates are coming to Victoria on Nov 7 Gold Medal Plates is the ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in cuisine, wine, entertainment, and athletic achievement. Founded in 2003, Gold ... Read More Awards / Chefs February 25, 2013 Chef Alex Chen Places 9th in the World in Bocuse D’Or VANCOUVER / FRANCE If you’ve never heard of the Bocuse d’Or, you’re not that interested in food. This worldwide professional ... Read More Awards / Chefs / Exceptional Eats! Awards November 10, 2012 Let the Voting Begin. Cast your vote and enter the prize draw. VOTING IS NOW CLOSED Welcome back to the Exceptional Eats! Readers Choice Awards. It has been another year of promising new haunts and ... Read More Awards / Chefs October 26, 2012 2012 – 8th Annual Chef of the Year Competition (COTY) We are pleased to announce the 8th annual Vancouver Island Chef of the Year Competition on November 18th, 2012. It will be held at Camosun College ... Read More Comments are closed.