This past week has been something special at Chinched Bistro, and before I get into it I’d like to thank everyone for their kind words and support. Both leading up to, during and after the Gold Medal Plates competition our friends, family and staff stepped up, and when this team comes together amazing things happen.

This past Thursday Chef Shaun Hussey attended the 4th Annual Gold Medal Plates competition representing Chinched Bistro.  He served Potato Wrapped Cod with Pressed Ham Hocks, Local Braising Greens, Smoked Apple Relish all finished with an Apple Cider Brown Butter vinaigrette, the dish was paired with the Tawse Winery Niagara Valley 2010 Sketches Chardonnay.  As happy as we were with the dish what happened at the end of the evening surprised everyone; Chef Hussey was awarded the Gold Medal and will be representing Chinched Bistro and Newfoundland at the National Gold Medal Plates Competition in Kelowna BC!

The National Competition is comprised of a number of different events and is sure to be a lot of fun.  The first is a blind wine event; the competitors will taste an unlabeled wine and then on a budget of $500 prepare a dish for 300 guests to be paired with the blind wine. The second event is the ‘black box’ event; the competitors are provided with a box of ‘mystery ingredients’ and are given a set amount of time to prepare 2 dishes for the 12 judges. The final event is similar to the event that was held here in St. John’s. The Chefs will prepare a dish paired with a Canadian wine for 600-700 guests.  All in all it’s going to be a whirlwind of a weekend.

Over the next couple months Chinched will be putting off a number of fundraisers to help with the cost of having the team travel across the country. The date’s aren’t set in stone but in January we will be hosting a 5 course meal by the Gold Medal Plates podium winning Chefs (below). Chef Mark McCrowe (left) of Aqua and The Club (2nd), Chef Rory MacPherson (right) of the Shereton (3rd) and Chef Shaun Hussey (centre) of Chinched will team up to serve a 5 course meal at the Quidi Vidi Brewery.  The meal will be paired with a combination of wine and local beer and is certain to excite the senses.

As we know more about this fundraiser and others we’ll post the information on Facebook and in the blog, so make sure to keep an eye out! Thanks again to everyone and we hope to see you all soon!


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