Chef Eric Gonzalez from L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at the Casino de Montréal has won the silver medal from the Gold Medal Plates Championship. The Canadian culinary championship was held last weekend in Kelowna, British Columbia. Winner of the Montréal edition, he participated in the national grand finale as the representative of our fair city and province. This prestigious competition has again showcased the raw and incomparable talent of a local star.
- Chef Gonzalez demonstrated his great talent and creativity during three challenges presented during the weekend.
- Competing against 10 other Canadian chefs, Eric Gonzalez exhibited great focus in order to reach his goal.
- The experienced Canadian gourmet judges had a difficult task in determining which of the chefs from all over the country would take home one of three Championship medals.
- The gold has been awarded to Chef Alex Chen, from Vancouver
“I am honoured and thrilled to return home with this award!” exclamed Eric Gonzalez. “This triumph reflects on L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon’s team at the Casino de Montréal, and I am very happy about that,” he added.
In a sublime décor, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is an experiential culinary concept in a friendly environment. The open kitchen lets diners enjoy an unusually close proximity to the culinary team. L’Atelier offers 56 seats, 36 of which are at the counter surrounding the “workshop” section where all the action takes place. Diners can select a menu according to their appetite, as the great classics are offered in small portions.
About the Casino de Montréal
Well‑known for the variety of its games and excellent customer service, the Casino de Montréal welcomes close to six million visitors every year. The Casino is located on Île-Sainte-Hélène only a few kilometres from downtown Montréal and offers a wide array of entertainment options – shows, restaurants, bars, multimedia environment – in addition to setting itself apart with its emblematic architecture. A major economic player, the Casino de Montréal generates $50 million in tourism spending every year for the Metropolitan area and contributes to maintaining 3,500 direct, indirect and spin-off jobs.
Photo (from left to right): Bronze medalist Chef Barry Mooney, gold medalist Chef Alex Chen, silver medalist Chef Eric Gonzalez.