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Izumi Teion Sakura teams with George Restaurant Chef Lorenzo’s black cod dish to win Silver Medal at 2012 Gold Medal Plates

     The Gold Medal Plates organizers today announced the winners of the September 25 Toronto event, including silver medal winner George Restaurant Chef Lorenzo Loseto’s black cod dish paired with Izumi Teion Sakura Junmai Sake.  We are honoured that George’s team including Sommelier JP Potters paired one of our sakes with their cod plate, and are proud to share in their Silver Medal success.  Congratulations to George Restaurant!

Judges James Chatto, Sasha Chapman, Anita Stewart and Christine Cushing commented as follows:  “Our silver medal winner was Lorenzo Loseto of George – the only Toronto chef to compete in every Gold Medal Plates event in the modern era. This is his third silver medal, which also puts him in a very small and exalted group of one. Yesterday he worked with black cod, timing the fish to moist perfection and crusting it with crushed cashews held together by an invisible beet tapenade that added a delightful earthy sweetness to the flavour of the nuts. Beside it was a tiny stack of soft juicy beet salad, a ½-inch mound of pungent avocado mousse and a scattering of minuscule pickled samiji mushrooms and wild leeks. A scattering of black beans and coriander seedlings boosted the earthy flavours and the whole dish rested on a tissue-thin magic carpet of shaved radish. The match with an exceptionally floral, fruity 2012 Teion Sakura Junmai sake from Toronto’s own Ontario Spring Water Sake Company was masterful.”

Congratulations to Gold Medal winner Auberge du Pommier’s foie gras dish paired with Peller Estates’ Ice Cuvee Rose ice wine, and Bronze Medal winner Panagaea’s venison dish paired with 13th Street Essence 2009 Pinot Noir.






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