Winnipeg Chef Jesse Friesen Wins Gold Medal Plate Award

Winnipeg MB  – Chef Jesse Friesen from Pizzeria Gusto proved his culinary prowess last night, taking home the gold award at Gold Medal Plates Winnipeg. Chef Friesen went head-to-head with seven of Winnipeg’s finest culinary masters at the prestigious culinary competition and will go on to compete at the Canadian Culinary Championships, the Gold Medal Plates Finale, in Kelowna on February 3rd and 4th, 2017.

Chef Friesen wowed the judges with a Yellowfin tuna tartare avocado crema with Serrano hot sauce, pickled mango and crispy turkey skin paired with Thirty Bench Riesling.

Chef Melissa Makarenko of Resto Gare rose to the occasion as well, taking the silver medal. Chef Makarenko’s dish was called “Manitoba Pork in the Fall” and featured Manitoba honey mushrooms and an autumn squashy trio of Manitoba pork. She paired it with Closson Chase Chardonnay.

Taking the bronze medal was Chef Barry Saunders of Inn at The Forks/Era Bistro & Catering. His dish featured lamb belly, fig and rosemary glace, celeriac, capsicum and pickled mustard. It was paired with Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Shiraz.


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