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Canadian Culinary Championships 2017 | Capital Dining
When all was said and eaten and the judges' marks tabulated, on the podium at the Canadian Culinary Championships stood two Alberta chefs and our man from Ottawa. Calgary chef Jinhee Lee of Foreign Concept won the event — the first woman to take the top prize since 2007. The bronze went to Chef Eric Hanson of Prairie Noodle Shop in Edmonton. And the silver, to Ottawa's own, Chef Joe Thottungal from the Coconut Lagoon. The CCC 2017 began last Thursday in Kelowna, B.C. Eleven chefs from eleven Canadian cities/regions, stretching from Galiano Island on the west coast to St John's on the east, all Gold Medal Plates champions in their respective regional competitions, were each handed a smart red jacket, a bottle of mystery wine, and a wad of cash. Their task: to conceive a dish to match that wine and then to use the money to buy the ingredients to make it. The catch: there were 400 small plates to make, and the budget amounted to about a buck and a quarter per plate. To add to the burden,