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Six Gold Medal Plates finalists go head to head at the Canadian Culinary Championships in Banff to determine who will win the title of Canada’s best chef this year.

Banff Alberta is the final destination in the 2008 Gold Medal Plates competition, as the six winning chefs from Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver compete for the ultimate prize – the Canadian Culinary Championship. Over the course of the gruelling two day event, the top chefs will duke it out in three distinct contests: a mystery wine pairing, a black box competition, and a personal choice competition. The pressure is on as the competitors will have limited time and resources to make their masterpieces and attempt to please the throngs of people expected for the event and a demanding group of judges. Who will buckle under the pressure and who will rise to the top and be named Canada’s best chef?

Competing Chefs

Patrick Lin, Toronto                      Sen5es Restaurant & Bar
Charles Part, Ottawa                      Les Fougeres
Deff Haupt, Montréal                     Le Renoir (Sofitel Hotel)
Frank Pabst, Vancouver              Blue Water Café
David Cruz, Edmonton                 Sage
Hayato Okamitsu, Calgary          Catch

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