GOLD MEDAL PLATES – 7-part series on Travel + Escape


May 10 – TORONTO
May 17 – OTTAWA
June 14 – CALGARY
June21 – BANFF

Repeat: 7-episode marathon – July 1 – Canada Day

Lively Media tracked the most exciting race of its kind – a culinary competition to crown the country’s golden chef.
In a weekly series, Canada’s seven winning chef’s from each city compete for the top honour of the Gold Medal Plate, and at the same time support and raise funds for Canada’s high performance Olympic and Paralympic athletes.


A Celebration of Canadian Excellence! Travel + Escape Serves Up Canada’s Most Coveted Culinary Competition With, GOLD MEDAL PLATES: THE QUEST FOR CANADA’S BEST CHEF, May 10

– The GOLD MEDAL PLATES competition is a key fundraiser for

 the Canadian Olympic Committee as we countdown to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games –

– Visit for full episodes one week after broadcast,

chef bios, photo galleries of all the dishes and more


 Canada Day marathon airs July 1 –


Toronto, ON (April 9, 2009) Cleanse your palate and ready your senses for a mouthwatering behind-the-scenes look at the most delectable and prestigious culinary competition Canada has to offer! Mix in a dash of Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes, one cup of brilliant chefs, a tablespoon of savoury cuisine, a pint of impossible challenges, cook on Travel + Escape for one hour and you’ve got GOLD MEDAL PLATES: THE QUEST FOR CANADA’S BEST CHEF, premiering Sunday, May 10 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT.


Download bios, photography and episode descriptions online at Screeners are available upon request.


This seven-part, one-hour documentary series follows the 2008 edition of Canada’s most coveted culinary competition, GOLD MEDAL PLATES, through six Canadian cities – Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and the National Culinary Championship in Banff. GOLD MEDAL PLATES: THE QUEST FOR CANADA’S BEST CHEF captures the nuance and sizzle of this competition as it follows 60 of the top Canadian chefs on their mission to be Canada’s best.


“I was bowled over by the calibre of culinary skill displayed in this series,” said Stan Lipsey, Director of Programming for Travel + Escape. “These competitions are nail biting and extreme, on par with the Olympic Games…and they’ll make you hungry!”


With rare, behind-the-scenes footage of Canada’s top chef’s battling it out for supremacy, GOLD MEDAL PLATES: THE QUEST FOR CANADA’S BEST CHEF, captures all the drama in this high-stakes competition. With cameras and microphones rolling from start to finish, viewers witness the emotional rollercoaster ride during the feverish preparations of chefs and event organizers.


Since its inception in 2004, GOLD MEDAL PLATES has helped raise more than $2 million for the Own The Podium initiative, benefiting Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes.


GOLD MEDAL PLATES represents an outstanding celebration of excellence in Canada. The passion of the chefs in this competition equals that of our top Canadian athletes in their search for gold,” said Chris Rudge, CEO, Canadian Olympic Committee. “The money raised from these exciting events, through the Canadian Olympic Foundation and Own The Podium, continues to help our athletes fulfill their dreams of reaching the podiums.”


Featuring novice chefs and seasoned veterans, heartbreaking losses and overwhelming victories, GOLD MEDAL PLATES is a cutthroat battle where ingenuity and on-the-spot adaptation is crucial to taking home the hardware.


“The culinary arts in Canada should be celebrated,” said Leanna Crouch, Lively Media President and Producer. “This is a truly exciting culinary competition – the real Iron Chef – and it’s time the entire country learned about it, especially since the nationwide event is in support of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes.”


GOLD MEDAL PLATES and its partners are continually impressed and wowed by the fantastic chef’s community here in Canada,” said Stephen Leckie, CEO and Co-Founder of GOLD MEDAL PLATES. “This production is a great tribute to their excellence!”


Olympians traded in their equipment to assume assistant chef roles in the regional finals, working shoulder-to-shoulder with their assigned chef to present winning dishes to some of the country’s toughest culinary judges. The finals stretch out over two gruelling days, beginning with a Mystery Wine Pairing event, a Black Box competition and culminating in the Grande Finale of the Canadian Culinary Championships where the best chef is crowned.


More information about this event can be found at


About Lively Media

Lively Media is a Toronto-based production company with credits including THE CHEF’S DOMAIN and BREEDER OF THE PACK, which air on Travel + Escape and Animal Planet respectively. GOLD MEDAL PLATES: THE QUEST FOR CANADA’S BEST CHEF is the third commission this year for the company, which is also developing several other series.


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