As our Canadian Olympic athletes are in final preparations to take on the world at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games so are the eleven chefs who won gold in their regional qualifier competition across Canada! The 2018 Canadian Culinary Championships finalists are now confirmed. These Chefs have returned to their kitchens and many will spend the next two months training for the two day event taking place in Kelowna, BC, February 2 – 3, 2018.

The 2018 Canadian Culinary Championships competitors include:


British Columbia
Alex Chen – Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Vancouver

Shane Chartrand – SAGE

Blake Flann – BLAKE from Canmore

David Vinoya – Wild Sage Kitchen & Bar

James McFarland – University of Saskatchewan

Mike Robins – Sous Sol

Lorenzo Loseto – George Restaurant

Briana Kim – Café My House

Éric Gonzalez – L’Atelier Joël Robuchon

Nova Scotia
Barry Mooney – Gio

St. John’s
Nick Jewczyk – The Fifth Ticket

“We are thrilled to announce this talented line-up of chefs who will be making their way to Kelowna in February,” comments Karen Blair, Co-Founder and Director of Operations and Sponsorship, Gold Medal Plates and Canadian Culinary Championships. “Guests will witness their talent come to life during the three competitions. If you have not yet attended the event we encourage you to come and see for yourself and be prepared to be wowed at what the chefs can do on minimal budgets, timed competitions and preparing food for hundreds of people at each of the Mystery Wine Pairing Competition, Black Box Competition and the Grand Finale events.”

Adds Stephen Leckie, Co-Founder of Gold Medal Plates and the Canadian Culinary Championships, “We are especially excited with this year’s Mystery Wine Pairing Competition which will have chefs creating a dish to pair with a mystery wine and to add to this fun competition we will also include ‘Gold Medal Pints’ where five beer finalists selected from over 45 beers from across Canada by an esteemed panel of judges led by Stephen Beaumont, co-author of The World Atlas of Beer will be featured. These beers will be judged live at the event by a panel of judges to determine the Gold, Silver and Bronze beers for Canada! And guests will get to sample these amazing beers alongside the judges.”

Tickets to the 2018 event are now on sale, attendees can choose from three event package options to include the Friday Mystery Wine Pairing Competition, the Black Box Competition or the Saturday Grand Finale featuring musical entertainment by Neil Osborne of 54/40 and MC Olympic Gold Medalist in Ski Cross, Ashleigh McIvor. Anticipated to be another sold out event, tickets can be purchased online at

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