Gold Medal Plates is 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.
Founded in 2003, the goal of Gold Medal Plates is to raise substantial funds for Canada’s high performance athletes, while celebrating Canadian excellence. Since 2004, Gold Medal Plates has received tremendous support and accolades all across Canada, and generated a combined net total of nearly $11 million for Canada’s Olympic athletes! Gold Medal Plates is supported by corporate partners and individuals from across Canada who are committed to Canadian Excellence and supporting Canadian athletes.
Acknowledgment: Gold Medal Plates
The Last Supper is so named because it is the last call to duty of the outgoing Canadian Champion; in this instance Chef Ryan O’Flynn, the 2015 winner. Ryan creates a four course dinner that is then submitted to the Canadian Vintners who make the wine selections and pair them with each course. The outcome is a magical Canadian Menu supported by Canada’s finest wines. This dinner is enjoyed by 100 invited guests; sponsors, athletes and VIP supporters. The dinner alone raised $400,000 for the Rio athletes; this in addition to the funds raised back in Kelowna by the chefs challenging in the 2016 Gold medal Plates completion.
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Big White Ski Resort, or simply Big White,(venue for the Last Supper) is a ski resort located 56 km (35 mi) southeast of Kelowna in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. Located on Big White Mountain, the highest summit in the Okanagan Highland, an upland area between the Monashee Mountains and the Okanagan Valley, it is the third largest resort in British Columbia after Whistler-Blackcomb and Sun Peaks.