Every year, raising money for Canadian Olympic athletes, Canadian Chefs go through a kind of Olympic competition of their own: Gold Medal Plates. Chefs from all over the country compete in one of eleven qualifying rounds. At these rounds, each chef is responsible for a regionally influenced appetizer and a wine or beverage pairing. Each dish is then judged on visual presentation, texture, taste, wine compatibility, originality and wow factor by a panel of judges.
This year’s Ottawa winner was Chef Marysol Foucault – the dynamo behind Chez Edgar – an amazing little 11 seat eatery on the Gatineau side. She is now off to Kelowna BC to compete against all the other regional winners.
But not the whole story! Leaving your business, and flying with a team out west for multiple days is expensive! So is purchasing all the ingredients to test run your dish again and again. Luckily, in a city like Ottawa – there is always help to be found for a good cause.
Three ways to help Marysol on her journey to bring culinary gold back to Ottawa (last year Chef Jamie Stunt, then of Oz Kafe, won silver and the year prior Chef Marc Lepine of Atelier won gold).
1. You can stop by Chez Edgar and buy a calendar of the staff! For only $10 you get one of 500 cool calendars with all the proceeds going to the trip.
2. Second, you can attend a fundraising event on Feb 2 at the Urban Element. Hosted by last year’s Ottawa champ Jamie Stunt – this will be a night of fun, food and drinks. Click here for tickets.
3. Finally, while Marysol is in B.C. competing, you can still dine at Edgar! Chef Stunt will be dropping in to make a special poached egg dish, but regular brunch items will be available too!
Best of luck Marysol! You will do Ottawa proud!