Gold Medal Plates

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I’M USU­ALLY SAD to say good­bye to sum­mer but this year my favourite sea­son ended on a high note when I was in­vited to join the Ot­tawa judges’ panel for Canada’s pre­mier culi­nary com­pe­ti­tion — Gold Medal Plates.

Cel­e­brated in eleven cities across Canada, Gold Medal Plates fea­tures the lead­ing 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. Only one chef wins and to be crowned the top chef in Canada is a ca­reer changer.

But it’s not only about food. Gold Medal Plates raises funds for the Cana­dian Olympic Foun­da­tion to sup­port Cana­dian Olympic ath­letes, demon­strat­ing that Cana­di­ans are com­mit­ted to their de­vel­op­ment, pas­sion­ate about their journey, and proud to have them rep­re­sent us on the world stage. To date, over $12 mil­lion has been raised.

To top it off, Jim Cuddy, lead singer of Blue Rodeo is the Gold Medal Plates na­tional en­ter­tain­ment ad­vi­sor. He in­vites in­cred­i­ble Cana­dian tal­ent to share the stage with him at each city’s gala events. Well, that’s my news. I hope your sum­mer was fab­u­lous and filled with good food. I also hope you’ll en­joy this is­sue of TASTE& TRAVEL. As usual, we’re all over the map — from New Zealand to Nashville, Tai­wan to Thai­land, Mérida to Mon­treal and more, learn­ing about places and peo­ple, and the food on their ta­bles. Happy read­ing!

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