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Nothing Conventional About It!
Added August 12, 2014

For Immediate Release

Scotiabank Convention Centre Executive Chef, Shaun Goswell awarded ‘Best in Show’ for his unconventional approach to food by Convene magazine



August 12, 2014 (Niagara Falls, Ontario) -- The votes have been counted and it is now official: Scotiabank Convention Centre executive chef, Shaun Goswell and his Centerplate team have been named ‘Best Food & Beverage’ by the readers and editors of ‘Convene’ magazine in their Third Annual ‘Best in Show’ awards.

“This is an incredible honour,’ says Chef Shaun Goswell of being selected from the countless number of venues from around the world. Chef Goswell shares the ‘Best in Show’ title with four other food and beverage finalists, including: the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Firekeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan; the Waldorf Astoria in Orland Florida; and, The Ritz-Carlton in Istanbul, Turkey.

“It is definitely not your typical convention centre food & beverage,” says Jacqui Sullivan, CMP director of conferences for Absolute Conferences & Events of Chef Goswell’s commitment to taking inspiration from Niagara’s rich viticulture and agricultural surroundings. “[They have] a major focus on fresh local ingredients, and a team who are up for the challenge of creating special menus to suit your budget.”

“They are all a chef would want,” says Shaun of his team of culinary professionals who are equally passionate about designing and creating dishes that draw from Niagara’s fresh, locally grown ingredients. “They never shy from any challenge that comes our way and are very hands-on when it comes time to working our on-site garden or when we go out on foraging expeditions throughout the region.”

A native of Truro, Nova Scotia, Chef Goswell has brought his East Coast charm and down-to-earth personality to his role as Executive Chef at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. Since his arrival to Niagara in 2012, Chef Goswell has taken great joy in fusing his East Coast fares with the region’s abundance of local flavours and an unmatched selection of award winning local wines, which he showcases in his dishes at the Centre.

“A dish is only as good as the ingredients you use,” says Shaun, who is part of a new generation of chefs who employ in their menu designs and dishes a philosophy of seasonal and regional ingredients. “Partnering with local farmers is an important part of our success. Our year-round relationship with Niagara growers ensures the availability and quality of the ingredients in our menus.”

“We take great pride in having such a great award bestowed on one of our own,” says Jeff Dixon, Interim General Manager at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. “Shaun is full of energy and enthusiasm and it’s reflected in all he does at the Centre,” says Jeff of Chef Goswell’s many endeavours, including: designing and maintaining a 3,600 sq.ft. on-site garden; keeping a constant supply of fresh, locally produced ingredients by partnering with local farmers, greenhouses, and specialty meat suppliers; curing his own meats; fermenting vinegars; making his own cheese; canning fruits and veggies, sealing their flavours for the off-season; and even making soap from repurposed oils and natural ingredients.

Convene magazine’s recognition of his talents and energy only gives Chef Goswell a brief moment to pause; but there is no rest for the charmingly energetic chef who is currently working to completely design a whole new menu for the Scotiabank Convention Centre. “We avoid many of the norms that limit most large meeting facilities and large-volume cuisine,” says Shaun and adds “We take great pride in delivering a boutique style service as if you’re at a restaurant; where flavours, aromas, and presentation combine to create a unique personal experience [...] we believe that our clients will taste the difference.” Clients and guests to the Centre will certainly have something to rave about next time they are in Niagara Falls.

About the Scotiabank Convention Centre
The Scotiabank Convention Centre, in Niagara Falls, Canada (SCCN) is the region’s largest meetings & events facility. Much more than any ordinary convention and meeting facility, the SCCN aims at becoming an innovator of the unconventional and a model of a new class of ‘green’ convention & meeting facilities committed to sustainability and community leadership. The SCCN opened its doors in April 2011, and since then has welcomed over half a million guests and visitors for meetings and events that draw from the magic of Niagara’s many natural wonders, its rich history, culinary delights, and year-round cultural activities.

 

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For more information, please visit the SCCN Website: www.fallsconventions.com or contact:

Hector Ibarra
Manager, Marketing & Creative Services
Tel. 905.357.6222
Fax. 905.357.6212
hibarra@fallsconventions.com

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