KELOWNA, B.C. — Chef Marc St. Jacques, executive chef at Toronto’s Auberge du Pommier, an Oliver & Bonacini brand, has taken home gold at the Gold Medal Plates Canadian culinary championships, a fundraiser for the Canadian Olympic Foundation.“I am shocked and this win is totally unexpected,” said St. Jacques. “There were some amazing chefs competing, and this is by far an incredible honour.” St. Jacques’ winning creations included a terrine of fois gras, a dish of white soy gelée, black sesame financier and roasted lemon curd, paired with Peller Estates Ice Cuvée.
The silver medal went to Ottawa’s Jamie Stunt, chef at Oz Kafe, and Saskatchewan placed in the Gold Medal Plates competition for the first time with the bronze medal awarded to Milton Rebello, executive chef at Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza, Regina. Rebello said the event was “the experience of a lifetime,” and praised the competition as a wonderful way for chefs to learn from each other as they share ideas.
The two-day competition featured a black-box challenge, including a mystery wine pairing, that saw contestants create dishes in one hour using six ingredients.
Since 2004, Gold Medal Plates has raised $7.2 million for Canada’s Olympic athletes.
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