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From the meticulously planned to last minute prep, Edmonton’s chefs run the gamut when preparing for the event. Does the planning pay off or does last minute inspiration save the day?

Emerging epicurean powerhouse Edmonton has long lived in the shadow of glittery Calgary’s thriving culinary landscape. For the contenders at Gold Medal Plates Edmonton, the event is much more than a cooking contest – it’s a full-out grudge match! And they’re willing to go to great lengths to cause a stir and gain the upper hand. Some go to their secret suppliers in search of the perfect ingredients; another plays the “Olympic” card and corrals some big name athlete talent to bask in the golden glow. And still others wing it at the last minute citing creative inspiration.   Which method leads to Gold this time?


Competing Chefs
Michael Brown                      The Westin Edmonton
David Cruz                              Sage      
Andrew Ihasz                        Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Jeff Jackson                            Century Grill
Brian Leadbetter                  Murrieta’s Bar & Grill
Blair Lebsack                         Madison’s Grill
Simon Smotkowicz              Shaw Conference Centre
Frank Olson                            Red Ox Inn
Sonny Sung                             Sorrentino’s (South)
Eric Wah                                  The King & I


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