Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Canadian Culinary Championships- for the Uber Foodie

Two years ago, I got to "wave" an autographed Olympic Torch, the grand prize in a fundraising draw at the Canadian Culinary Championships, while enticing attendees to "take a chance" and buy a ticket!  The first event of the weekend was crowded and you could feel the buzz!  "Did you try the dish from Vancouver?" "Check out the dish from St. John's."  Tonight, attendees rate the teams- more buzz- as people champion their favourites.  

My favourite event?  The Saturday morning Black Box Competition or, as I would call it: Chopped Live! The chefs prepare two amazing dishes using local ingredients in front of a small audience.  At the Saturday night Grand Finale Event, the chefs serve their signature dishes for hundred of guests; the Silent Auction offers up amazing items and the entertainment is lively.  

I'm happy to report that last year's Gold Medal Winner was Marc Lépine from Ottawa, my hometown.

Black Box Competition

Chef Anthony McCarthy • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/77299378@N02/7085451819/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a>CCC Winning Chefs • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/77299378@N02/7085452023/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a>I love volunteering for this weekend's events.  It's an opportunity to get up close and personal with Canada's culinary stars.

To get to Kelowna, they've competed regionally.  These gold medal winners from across Canada meet head to head in Kelowna- this year (2013), February 8 and 9, for the ultimate National competition.

Chef Jan Trittenbach • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/77299378@N02/6939377726/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a>
Chef Michael Daquisto • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/77299378@N02/6939380162/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a>It's also a fundraising weekend.  Elite Olympic athletes benefit from the millions of dollars raised since 2006.

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