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Wellknown musicians to perform in Kelowna for Culinary Championships

The Canadian Culinary Championships is welcoming popular Canadian musicians Johnny Reid and Danny Michel to Kelowna this winter.

The Grand Finale Competition takes place on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at the Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel.

Chefs will create their best dish for guests to sample, paired with a great wine or spirit from their regional beverage partner. By evening’s end, Canada’s Champion Chef of 2017 will be crowned and a victory celebration.

While enjoying the food, the lively performers will make the night that much more musical.

“Guests will be treated to an evening of talent – not only from the eleven chefs from across the country who are creating their best dish but now with an intimate live performance with Johnny Reid and Danny Michel that will be outstanding!,” said Karen Blair from the Canadian Culinary Championships.

Soul singer Johnny Reid, originally from Scotland, has sold over 1 million albums, received countless awards and sold out many national arena tours.

Danny Michel has received nominations for three Juno Awards, the Polaris Prize, the CBC’s “Heart of Gold” and has a number for albums under his belt.

Chefs Competing at the 2017 Canadian Culinary Championships:

  • Jesse McCleery – Pilgrimme, Galiano Island, representing British Columbia
  • Eric Hanson – Prairie Noodle Shop, representing Edmonton
  • Jinhee Lee – Foreign Concept, representing Calgary
  • Garrett (Rusty) Thienes – Harvest Eatery and Fresh Market, representing Regina
  • Scott Torgerson – Radisson Hotel Saskatoon and Aroma Resto Bar, representing Saskatoon
  • Jesse Friesen – Pizzeria Gusto, representing Winnipeg
  • Amanda Ray – Canteen Restaurant, representing Toronto
  • Joe Thottungal – Coconut Lagoon, representing Ottawa
  • Sophie Tabet – Chez Sophie, representing Montreal
  • Mark Gray – Battery Park Beer Bar & Eatery, representing Halifax
  • Ruth Wigman – Oppidan, representing St. John’s


Net proceeds from the Canadian Culinary Championships are provided to the Canadian Olympic Foundation which supports Olympic athletes and high performance programs. Since 2004, Gold Medal Plates has generated over 12 million for Canada's Olympic athletes.



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