Renée Lavallée wins Gold Medal Plates

Picnic snacks reign supreme at last night's chef competition

Renée Lavallée wins Gold Medal Plates
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Simply the best: Renée Lavallée and team Canteen

Last night nine local chefs faced off at the annual Gold Medal Plates competition—a Canada-wide celebration of food, drink, art and athletics that also raises funds for Canada's Olympic athletes. Major congrats go to the almighty Renée Lavallée, of The Canteen and Feisty Chef fame, who took home top honours thanks to her Nova Scotia Picnic, which dished up a snow crab and lobster roll on a brioche bun with potato salad, Acadian sturgeon caviar and of course some Canteen pickles. Diners washed it down with Tideview Cider Heritage semi dry. So fitting for the summery October day that was yesterday.

Not only does Lavallée's victory mean she and her Canteen crew took home a massive metallic plate (which I hope they ate celebratory sandwiches off of), but it earned her a spot at Canadian Culinary Championships, which will take place in Kelowna, BC in February.

Silver honours went to Brooklyn Warehouse's chef Mark Grey (and his fenugreek and maple-braised lamb shoulder), while Jason Lynch of Le Caveau (and his red deer tartar) was awarded the bronze medal. And over on the drinks side, Domaine de Grand Pré, 2013 Vintner’s Reserve riesling was the gold winner, with Tideview Cider Heritage semi dry and Devonian Coast Wineries’ 2013 Jost Tidal Bay taking silver and bronze, respectively. Well done, y'all!

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