Gold Medal Plates@Metro Toronto Convention Centre Thursday, November 16, 2017
By Kimberly Samnang
What a grand finale to the 2017 Gold Medal Plates campaign! The event in Toronto was simply stellar, with superb food and drink, a highly successful trip-auction, great conversation between the brilliant MC, Scott Russell and the athletes – Olympian bobby-dazzlers. And of course the house band was on fire in front of the home crowd – heroic performances from the inimitable Jim Cuddy, Anne Lindsay, Danny Michel, Jeremy Fisher, Devin Cuddy and Sam Polley.
With well over 750 guests – the line-up of competing chefs was particularly strong this year with two champions returning – former gold-medallist David Lee of Nota Bene and Canadian Culinary Champion emeritus Lorenzo Loseto of George – and the culinary standards on display were often breathtaking. Dish after dish excelled expectation and the judges, seated around their elevated table, quickly realized that finding only three to honour would be no picnic.
Gold Medal Plates supports Canada’s athletes through the ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in cuisine, wine, the arts and athletic achievement. Celebrated in eleven cities across Canada, Gold Medal Plates features the premier chefs in each city in a competition to crown a gold, silver and bronze medal culinary team in each city, and subsequently nation-wide at the Canadian Culinary Championships, held the following February. Since 2004, Gold Medal Plates has received tremendous support and accolades all across Canada, and generated a combined net total of over $12 million for Canada’s Olympic athletes!
We would like to thank Robin Turnbull of Robin Turnbull Event Management for the invitation to this event.