Written By Sherri Martin Awards / Causes / Chefs / Folks / Reporter Sep 13, 2013 What a Night: The Gold Medal Plates are coming to Victoria on Nov 7 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestExecutive chef Jeff Keenliside and sous chef Albert Tran of the Marina RestaurantGold Medal Plates is the ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in cuisine, wine, entertainment, and athletic achievement. Founded in 2003, Gold Medal Plates has so far raised over $7.4 million for the Canadian Olympic Foundation which supports Canadian Olympic athletes. Eleven cities nationwide will host regional chefs who’ll compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals—creating a dish and pairing it with a premier Canadian wine, beer, or spirit. The winning chef from each region will then advance to compete at the Gold Medal Plates Finale on February 7 – 8, 2014 in Kelowna, BC.This year, Victoria has been selected to represent the West Coast leg of the competition to be held on November 7, 2013 at the Victoria Conference Centre.The chefs competing in the West Coast division have been announced and confirmed as: Darren Brown, Fairmont Pacific Rim (Vancouver); Marc Andre Choquette, Tableau Bar Bistro (Vancouver); Quang Dang, West (Vancouver); Kunal Ghose, Red Fish Blue Fish (Victoria); Daniel Hudson, Hudson’s on First (Duncan); Jeff Keenliside, Marina Restaurant (Victoria); Makoto Ono, Pidgin (Vancouver); Terry Pichor, Sonora Resort (Sonora Island); Garrett Schack, Vista 18 (Victoria); Brian Skinner, The Acorn (Vancouver); and Chris Whittaker, Forage (Vancouver).Creamed Cowichan Valley chantrelle mushrooms on zucchini goat cheese cornmeal cake with cherry-tomato relish, tomatillos, kale chips and house smoked salmonThere will be a VIP reception for guests to sip and sample products from over ninety of the nation’s finest winemakers, brewers and distillers. Canadian Olympic athletes will host corporate tables and share their remarkable stories as featured speakers. Jim Cuddy, lead singer of Blue Rodeo, is the Gold Medal Plates National Entertainment Advisor, and he has put together a great Canadian line-up—performers Sam Roberts, Barney Bentall, Ed Robertson, Alan Doyle, and Anne Lindsay, as well as Jim Cuddy himself, have signed on. International trips are auctioned off at each event— auction winners travel to various desirable destinations, accompanied by Canadian Olympic athletes and Canadian entertainers, for week long adventures that combine great food, wine, conversation, and activity. Two of the featured destinations this year are Scotland or Argentina.The goal of Gold Medal Plates is to raise substantial funds for Canada’s high performance athletes. As Canadian Olympian Simon Whitfield told us, “It’s very exciting to see this event come to our great city and celebrate the incredible caliber of chefs that we have here on the West Coast. The support of Gold Medal Plates has truly made a real difference for our athletes and their preparation for the Olympic Games.” Don’t miss this chance to help our athletes, enjoy a fun evening, and bid on a wonderful travel auction item.Individual tickets are $300. See the website for corporate and benefactor information. Tickets available online at www.goldmedalplates.comLeft to right: Adam Kreek (Olympic Rower), Jeff Keenliside, Kunal Ghose, Simon Whitfield (Olympic triathlete) , Jerry Brown (Olympic Rower) ChefscompetitionsVictoria SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Sherri Martin ... 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