The 36-year-old chef impressed the judges with his creation that he paired with Hidden Bench 2009 Estate Chardonnay from the Beamsville Bench in Niagara.
Despite the win, Lepine, who defeated nine chefs, says Atelier remains his priority. “Our commitment is to Ottawa,” the chef told the Ottawa Citizen. “We had a really good weekend, and it paid off, but we’sre not going anywhere, and we’sre not changing a thing about the restaurant.” Lepine’s winning team included Murray Wilson, Jason Sawision, Luis Calero and sommelier Steve Robinson.
Rob Feenie of Cactus Club Restaurants won the silver medal, while bronze was awarded to J.P. St-Denis from Kitchen Gallerie Poisson in Montreal.
Gold Medal Plates supports the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Net proceeds from the event are $5 million.