MONTREAL — Following his win at the Montreal edition of the Gold Medal Plates competition, chef Eric Gonzalez from L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at the Casino de Montreal will participate in the national grand finale on Feb. 2 and 3, in Kelowna, B.C.
The Gold Medal Plates Culinary Championships tests the talent of 11 Canadian chefs during three challenges:
• Preparation of a dish using a mystery wine and local ingredients
• Preparation of a dish from ingredients provided in a sealed black box, opened only at the time of the challenge
• Creation of the best possible dish to be paired with a Canadian wine, beer or liquor
Gonzalez will compete against the 10 other regional competition winners, including Alex Chen of Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar (Vancouver), Shane Chartrand of Sage (Edmonton), Blake Flann of Blake (Canmore, Alta.), David Vinoya of Wild Sage Kitchen & Bar (Regina), James McFarland, University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), Mike Robins of Sous Sol (Winnipeg), Lorenzo Loseto of George Restaurant (Toronto), Briana Kim of Café My House (Ottawa), Barry Mooney of Gio (Halifax) and Nick Jewczyk of The Fifth Ticket (St. John’s).
Experienced gourmet judges from across Canada will reveal the winners of the gold, silver and bronze medals on February 4th.
“What an extraordinary experience,” says Gonzalez. “Representing Montreal and the province in this high-class competition is a point of pride for me and I am confident I can do justice to the team I represent.”