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Author: Yvonne Turgeon

West Kelowna realtor captures third place in MasterChef Canada

In the first ever MasterChef Canada, home cook and West Kelowna realtor Kaila Klassen captured third place in the national TV competition. The final round is set for next Monday on CTV. Hailing from Penticton, B.C., Kaila is a real estate agent from West Kelowna who began her journey alongside thousands of Canadian culinary hopefuls in pursuit of the coveted white apron. Her passion for fine dining began at 17 when she moved to Vancouver. She worked in a number of restaurants, saving her tips to take herself out for fabulous dinners - as many as her pocketbook would...

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Christy Clark: Premier MLA

Pulling off a stunning upset, Christy Clark held on to her job as BC’s 35th premier—and unexpectedly became the Valley’s newest MLA. How will she juggle her twin roles and what mark will Clark leave on the Okanagan? In the months leading up to the 2013 BC provincial election, Christy Clark’s Liberals trailed Adrian Dix and the NDP by as many as 20 points. But on election night, Clark raised her arm in victory, squelching questions about her leadership and silencing the media and pollsters whose predictions had gone awry. The people of BC had chosen, but so had...

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Will Vegetarian cuisine reign supreme in Canada?

Will vegetarian cuisine reign supreme in Canada? If British Columbia's top chef Brian Skinner has his way, veggies will have their day at this year's Canadian Culinary Championships under way this weekend in Kelowna. Taking first place at the Gold Medal Plates competition in Victoria, Chef Skinner is representing BC at the national culinary championships, and promises to showcase a vegetarian signature dish. Each February, Canada's top chefs descend on Kelowna in a fierce two-day competition. The event also raises funds for the Canadian Olympic Foundation to support Canadian Olympic athletes. Chef Skinner opened his first restaurant, The Acorn...

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Publisher’s Alter-ego

When Okanagan Life publisher John Paul Byrne expanded his passion from the printed word to music scores, it’s no surprise that magazines were his focal point. In 1991, he took a walk just a few blocks from the magazine conference he was attending in New York to see his first Broadway musical (Les Misérables). He then set to work, composing one of his early songs, Power of the Printed Word, which has a mesmerizing rock beat powerful enough for centre stage. Paul was determined to see his own musical Ink! on stage. He called on the mastery of local...

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Gold Medal Plates 2013: Mark Filatow

As seen in It’s early Friday morning before the shops open when Kelowna Chef Mark Filatow comes calling at the back door of Illichmann’s Meats. It’s day one of the Canadian Culinary Championships and foodies, Olympians and Canada’s top chefs have descended on the Okanagan for a weekend of culinary mastery. Mark, executive chef at Waterfront Wines, is hoping his local knowledge will put him ahead on the first leg of the competition. “You have to do all your shopping in Kelowna,” says Head Judge James Chatto on the eve of the competition. “You can use all your natural...

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