For Immediate Release
GOLD MEDAL PLATES REGINA – 2014 CHEFS ANNOUNCED!
2014 edition to be held at the Conexus Arts Centre, November 21st, 2014
REGINA – Regina’s Gold Medal Plates (GMP) Dinner will feature eight Chefs competing in the 2014 edition of the Olympic fundraising event, with the return of 2013 bronze medalist, Laurie Wall of Wallnuts Expressive Catering and silver medalist, Ricardo Rodriguez of The Artful Dodger Café & Music Emporium back amongst some fine and talented competitors.
Last year’s gold medalist, Jonathan Thauberger from Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar’s impressive rabbit entrée stole the show and garnered him the Regina 2013 competition winner. He will be will be returning as a judge of the competition, which will feature eight Chefs in total.
In addition to Thauberger, judges for this years’ event include, the return of author and GMP Co-founder, James Chatto; Senior Judge, author and broadcaster CJ Katz; Executive Chef of the Provincial Legislature and International culinary competitor, Trent Brears; chef and culinary teacher Thomas Rush; restaurant columnist and broadcaster Aidan Morgan.
The eight participating Chefs at the Regina 2014 Gold Medal Plates event are:
Geoffrey Caswell-Murphy – Doubletree by Hilton
Gilles Gobin – Le Macaron
Rob Harrison – Rushton’s Catering
Leo Pantel – Conexus Arts Centre
Milton Rebello – Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza
Ricardo Rodriguez – The Arftul Dodger Cafe & Music Emporium
Dave Straub – Flip Eatery & Drink
Laurie Wall – Wallnuts Expressive Catering
“After successfully hosting two sold out dinners, we believe this third year will sell out quickly,” said GMP Regina Co-Chair Wayne Morsky, “People should attend this event firstly to support our developing Olympic athletes, secondly to support and experience the amazing cuisines our chefs prepare and thirdly, to have the opportunity to bid on unique travel experiences.”
Morsky added: “If you sit back and remember some of the great Canadian Olympic moments, such as the overtime goal in Women’s hockey in 2013, or the fist pump from gold medal skeleton competitor, Jon Montgomery or Mark Tweksbury’s 1992 gold win in the 100 metre backstroke, you realize that these athletes have sacrificed much. With outside financial support, their chances of a medal increases significantly.”
Gold Medal Plates (GMP) is the ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in cuisine, wine, the arts and athletic achievement. Celebrated in eleven cities across Canada in 2014, GMP features the premier chefs in each city in a competition to crown a gold, silver and bronze medal culinary team, and subsequently nation-wide at the Canadian Culinary Championships.
“I have had the opportunity more than once to listen to the stories of some of the Olympians we support, and to know we are contributing to their success while having a wonderful experience, brings great satisfaction,” said Morsky. “In 2012, our gold medal winner, Mr. Milton Rebello from the Hotel Saskatchewan won bronze at the Canadian Culinary Championship. In 2013, we sold more trips per capita than any other dinners across Canada and by all accounts, including my own, the experiences have been first class ‘trips of a lifetime’.”
Gold Medal Plates is also known for its intimate and unique combinations of Canadian talent. Jim Cuddy, Canadian singer-songwriter and lead singer of Blue Rodeo is the GMP national entertainment advisor, and he invites incredible Canadian talent to be showcased at all GMP events. Joining Jim Cuddy at the Regina 2013 event was legendary Canadian singer Barney Bentall. The entertainment component of the 2014 GMP event will be announced at a later date, as well as the names of attending Olympic athletes.
Over the past nine years, the Canadian Olympic Foundation is the beneficiary from the GMP events’ net proceeds, with funds being directed to the Own the Podium program. To date, GMP has provided $8.2 million to the Canadian Olympic Foundation, and once again, Olympians will be taking part in the dinners across Canada. Gold Medal Plates is very proud to help fund this incredible program, which is strengthening our athletes’ performances and Canada’s medal potential more every year.
Those wishing to purchase a table for the Regina event on Friday, November 21st may do so by contacting Lisa Peters at 306-539-5339 or by email at email@example.com.
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