Last night I had the honour of attending the Gold Medal Plates Olympic Fundraiser as a “Olympic Hopeful.” Gold Medal Plates is a celebration of Canadian excellence in cuisine, arts, and athletic achievement. The goal of the event is to raise money to support Canada’s high performance athletes.
Some of the top culinary chefs from Saskatoon competed against each other for a spot in the Canadian Culinary Championships. Each chef prepared a small dish that each guest got to go around and sample. There were all kinds of exquisite dishes from lamb to a beef entree covered in bone marrow. My favourite dish featured a black squid taco. I didn’t know what kind of food I was tasting most of the time but each dish was very aesthetically pleasing. Chef Chris Hill from the Delta Bessborough, was crowned the Gold Plates Champion and gets to go on to the 2014 Canadian Culinary Championship in Kelowna.
During the event I got the chance to meet and chat with past Olympians, which was very inspiring. After the culinary competition, the athletes were seated at a VIP table. I was seated with PAFHQ construction company, whom were great company. All the athletes were introduced on stage as they discussed the goals and history behind the event.
Overall there was great food, entertainment, and company. It was a fun event for a great cause. The financial burden of competing at an elite level is the number one reason athletes drop out of sport. As a young and upcoming athlete myself, it is a struggle to make ends meet between school, track and keeping a part time job. It was nice to see such a great turnout of people supporting then next generation of athletes on route to Rio 2016 and beyond.