Vancouver and Whistler, BC (March 13, 2012): From sourcing ingredients at Granville Island Public Market to preparing a dish in Whistler's PEAK 2 PEAK gondola, the four chefs who avoided the chopping block during Top Chef: Texas and flew to British Columbia to compete in the season finale discovered why Vancouver and Whistler are two of the world's top culinary travel destinations. Now it could be your turn.
In celebration of the delicious experiences showcased during the Vancouver and Whistler episodes of Top Chef: Texas, Tourism Vancouver and Tourism Whistler are giving one lucky winner (and their guest) the opportunity to eat, sleep and play like a "Top Chef".
Enter the sweepstakes at www.tourismvancouver.com/topchef for your chance to win.
The Vancouver and Whistler Top Chef Getaway sweepstakes includes:
The prize mirrors the actual places and activities that Top Chef: Texas contestants experienced while filming in Vancouver and Whistler.
The Whistler episode opened with the four remaining contestants driving up the stunning Sea to Sky Highway and featured The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola (gondola cabins served as kitchens in the Quickfire challenge), Whistler Olympic Park and the Whistler Conference Centre. At the end of the episode, chef-testant Beverly Kim was eliminated.
In Vancouver, the final three contestants - Lindsay Autry, Sarah Grueneberg and Paul Qui - went head-to-head in a Quickfire challenge at Chinatown's Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie, shopped for ingredients at Granville Island Public Market, and turned up the heat during the "Fire and Ice" themed Elimination Challenge at the historic Salt Building (located at the site of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games athletes' village). The Rocky Mountaineer train and station were locations for the "stew room" and Judges' Table. In the last episode, the finalists took over neighbouring restaurants Black+Blue and COAST for a culinary showdown that saw Paul Qui come out on top to capture the title of Top Chef.
Now in its ninth season, Emmy-award winning Top Chef has been recognized as the No. 1 food show on US cable. Top Chef airs in more than 20 countries with each episode repeating an average of 12 times. Season nine featured some of the biggest names in food, music and entertainment, including actress Charlize Theron, comedian Pee-wee Herman, Iron Chef Cat Cora and singer Patti LaBelle.
This is the first time the US version of Top Chef has filmed in Canada, an opportunity that was facilitated by the Canadian Tourism Commission, Tourism British Columbia, Tourism Vancouver, Tourism Whistler and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.
A Joint News Release from Tourism Vancouver and Tourism Whistler.
Consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities, Vancouver is a dynamic urban center encircled by snow-capped mountains, lush temperate rainforests and the Pacific Ocean. Just 38 kilometres (24 miles) north of the US border, Vancouver is an easy hop by car, train or plane. Vancouver is one of North America's most praised dining cities, with cuisine that embraces local ingredients, sustainable seafood and the population's diverse Asian influences.
Whistler is Canada's premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms as well as more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options.
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