Ottawa's Great Kitchen Party 2018 | Capital Dining
Canada's Great Kitchen Party (formerly known as Gold Medal Plates) rolled into Ottawa for its 13th year this past Thursday. A few things about the event have changed — notably its name and fundraising focus — but at its heart this party remains the country's most prestigious cook-off. Held in 11 cities from coast to coast, it still propels the winning chef of each city to the venerable Canadian Culinary Championships (still held in February, still in Kelowna, BC, and still a thrill). This year, that thrill belongs to last year's silver medallist, Chef Yannick LaSalle, and his team at Restaurant Les Fougeres. I remember ten years ago to the month, his boss, Charles Part, won gold (also with duck!) at the 2008 Gold Medal Plates. And so the torch has been passed to a younger generation at this Chelsea restaurant, now celebrating 25 years of culinary excellence. LaSalle's dish wasn't overly complex: it didn't score big in the 'wow' department. But it was delicious and meticulously