South Okanagan chefs compete in Olympic fundraiser

Jeff Van Geest of Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Winery and Darin Paterson of Bogner’s will be at the 2012 Gold Medal Plates competition

  • Sep. 17, 2012 10:00 a.m.

A pair of South Okanagan chefs will be competing at the 2012 Gold Medal Plates competition in Vancouver on Nov. 16.

Gold Medal Plates is the ultimate celebration of Canadian excellence in cuisine, wine, sport and entertainment. The Vancouver competition is one of 10 that will be staged in Canadian cities this fall, with the winners from each city competing in the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna next February.

Jeff Van Geest of Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Winery and Darin Paterson of Bogner’s of Penticton will be among the 10 chefs competing.

Each chef will prepare one appetizer-sized dish for approximately 500 to 800 guests. Chefs must select a Canadian wine or beverage to pair with his or her dish and, to ensure a level playing field, chefs must use plates provided by The Westin Bayshore. Chefs will be allowed a maximum of 10 staff members, in addition to two wine pourers per station.

Over the past six years, Gold Medal Plates competitions across Canada have raised more than $6 million for the Canadian Olympic Foundation, which supports athletes and high-performance programs such as Own the Podium.

For ticket information for the 2012 Gold Medal Plates competition in Vancouver, contact George Lenko at Vancouver@goldmedalplates.com or 604-646-3566. For more information, visit the Gold Medal Plates website at www.goldmedalplates.com.