|They Cook, They Score|
|Written by Rosanna Caira|
|Friday, 20 November 2009 13:40|
TORONTO — Athletes and chefs don’t often come together, but for the past six years the two professions have shared a common stage at the Gold Medal Plates competition.
Having shelled out $400 per ticket, guests certainly got their money’s worth, experiencing an evening of culinary excellence, fine wines and Canadian music. Beginning with appetizers prepared by Patrick Lin of Lai Wah Heen, last year’s Toronto winner, guests then flitted from station to station throughout the cavernous hall of the MTCC to sample from a dazzling array of food prepared by 10 competitors, including Mark McEwan, Jonathan Gushue, Jason Bangerter, Lorenzo Loseto, David Lee, Donna Dooher, Jake Rujevic, Marco Zandona and Anne Yarymowich. Each of the tasting stations also featured a top Canadian Olympic athlete who helped in the creation or plating of the dish.
Gold Medal Plates was founded six years ago, shortly before Vancouver received the winning bid to host the 2010 Olympics, by Stephen Leckie who hoped to raise significant funds for Canada’s high-performance athletes; since then, close to $3.5 million has been raised.