Chef Ryan O’Flynn of The Westin Edmonton captures gold at Gold Medal Plates competition

Chef Ryan O’Flynn of The Westin EdmontonElegant smoked sturgeon terrine with Quebec foie gras wowed judges

Executive Chef Ryan O’Flynn of The Westin Edmonton won top honours and captured gold at the Gold Medal Plates competition at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton on Thursday night. Chef O’Flynn’s winning dish was a smoked sturgeon terrine layered with foie gras from the province of Quebec. Miniature bites of Okanagan apples, brioche and pureed granny Smith apples complemented the sturgeon and foie gras for a stunning flavour and visual inspiration. Chef O’Flynn had seven members of his culinary brigade at The Westin Edmonton join him for the competition. Chef O’Flynn’s creation was paired with a Sandhill 2011 Viognier from Okanagan region in British Columbia.

Gold Medal Plates is the ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in cuisine, wine, the arts and athletic achievement. Celebrated in 11 cities across Canada in 2014, Gold Medal Plates features the premier chefs in each city in a competition to crown a gold, silver and bronze medal culinary team in each city, and subsequently nation-wide at the Canadian Culinary Championships.

Founded in 2003, the goal of Gold Medal Plates is to raise substantial funds for Canada’s high performance athletes, while celebrating Canadian excellence. Since 2004, Gold Medal Plates has received tremendous support and accolades all across Canada, and generated a combined net total of over $8.2 million for Canada’s Olympic athletes! Gold Medal Plates is supported by corporate partners and individuals from across Canada who are committed to Canadian Excellence and supporting Canadian athletes.

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