CANADA'S TOP CHEF COOKS THE WINNING DISHES AT PELLER ESTATES WINERY

Andrew Peller Ltd news release with annotations

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON, July 5, 2011 /CNW/ - Peller Estates is pleased to congratulate Chef Dale MacKay, the winner of Top Chef Canada. Chef MacKay prepared the winning meal at Peller Estates Winery during last night's season finale.

Judges Mark McEwan, Thea Andrews and Shereen Azrazm invited John Peller and Executive Winery Chef Jason Parsons as guest judges during the final taping of the season finale to weigh in on the meals created by finalists Connie DeSousa, Rob Rossi and Dale MacKay. The meal, which included an Amuse Bouche with the secret ingredient of Peller Estates Cabernet Franc Icewine, was prepared in the Peller Estates kitchen and served in the winery's dining room.

"It was great to be part of something so important to the Canadian culinary scene," said John Peller. "At Peller Estates we strive to be a leader in Canadian wine and food, and it's wonderful to be included in a show like this that showcases exceptional local cuisine, ingredients, and Canadian culinary talent."

The three finalists prepared dishes of their choice, showcasing creativity, talent and innovation to tip the judges' votes in their favour. The chefs created meals that ranged from rustic to high-end and left the judges with a very hard decision. All of the dishes were paired with Peller Estates premium vintages.

After the meal, Host Thea Andrews thanked Chef Parsons for the use of his kitchen and John Peller for opening up his winery to Top Chef Canada. After toasting with Peller Estates Ice Cuvée Rosé, the judges left to deliberate the winner. In the end, MacKay's decidedly more cohesive meal came out on top and he was named Top Chef Canada.

About Peller Estates Winery

Peller Estates winery was founded 50 years ago by Hungarian immigrant and entrepreneur Andrew Peller who had a passionate belief that premium winemaking could thrive in Canada. The family legacy was first carried on by his son, Dr. Joseph A. Peller, and lives on through his grandson John who is President and CEO. The Pellers' vision is to produce Ontario and British Columbia VQA wines worthy of competing on the world stage - ultra-premium reds to everyday wines.

Visitors are welcome to experience the winery through tours and tastings and by sampling the award-winning vintages, many available exclusively at the winery. For more information about the wines or activities offered at Peller Estates Winery, please visit www.peller.com or call 1-888-673-5537.

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