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Hell's Kitchen Finale Celebration at Araxi

October 6th, 2009 @ 10:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Season six of FOX’s hit series Hell’s Kitchen, featuring Chef Gordon Ramsay, is coming to a close and the winner will claim the Head Chef position at Araxi Restaurant in Whistler, working under Executive Chef James Walt. To celebrate the finale and to welcome the new Head Chef, they’re holding a red carpet episode viewing party at Araxi on Tuesday October 13th.

While feasting on finely-crafted canapés, seductive seafood, premium cocktails and fabulous wines, big screen televisions will place you in prime position to track the action, while three contestants become one. In attendance, will be the final four contestants, all vying for a position to work for Araxi’s Executive Chef James Walt as Whistler welcomes the world to the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Araxi

This is where John and I had probably the best meal of our lives just a few months ago, and I had the opportunity to interview Executive James Walt a while back as well.

Tickets for this exclusive event are $125 and I have been given the opportunity to invite one lucky Miss604.com reader (plus guest).

Pork server three ways - Araxi Petits Fours

Here’s how to get your chance to win admission to this fabulous event: Head to the Araxi website, find one menu item you would love to try, then list it in my comments section below. There are several menus to choose from including Raw Bar, Small Plate, Main Plates, Desserts, Cheese, Tasting Menus, and their Live Tank options.

I will draw the winner Friday October 9th so that they have time to plan their trip to Whistler on the 13th, good luck!

Update October 9th @ 3:00pm: The contest is now closed. Please stay tuned while I draw the winner which will be announced in a video.

Update October 9th @ 4:00pm: I had trouble uploading the video but this is the best result, and it event cuts off at the end where I say “So, stay tuned for more Miss604.com contests since I have one coming up for Halloween.” Thanks everyone!

Update October 9th @ 5:25pm: Oh no! The winner, Mark Lise, cannot attend so I drew another name and it’s “ApollineR”. I have contacted the second winner and hopefully someone will be able to join us at Araxi on Tuesday. Jullie is also hosting a contest where she is giving away the Araxi cookbook, you can enter over on her site.

Update October 10th @ 6:00pm: ApollineR cannot make it on Tuesday so I have now drawn FilmGoerJuan’s name as the winner. Hopefully someone is free to attend on Tuesday.

Update October 12th: Fifth time’s a charm! Congratulations, Robyn!

The winner will receive admission + guest for the event. This prize does not include transportation to Whistler or accommodation.

Current contests on Miss604.com

139 comments

  1. John Smith says:

    Wild Mushroom Risotto
    assorted mushrooms, white wine and pecorino romano
    fried herbs and toasted almonds

    Good luck to me.

    Cheers

  2. Rob Long says:

    I would like to try the Pemberton Meadows Beef Carpaccio

  3. Kelly Gordon says:

    Vancouver Island Octopus sounds amazing!!!

  4. Joanne says:

    There was quite a few choices and wasn’t easy to choose from. But this sounds amazingly delicious – Confit of Spring Lamb.
    Hope I get the chance to try it out! =)

  5. Mmm, the Dungeness Crab Salad looks yummy.

  6. BlissfulGirl says:

    Yikes! Pick just one!?!?

    Tough call, but I’d go with Canada Prime Beef Tenderloin … it would be easier to pick one from EACH menu ;-)

  7. Lyndsey says:

    I would love to try the:

    Roasted Loin of Venison
    Langstaff kale and swiss chard, curry scented carrot puree
    local crabapple sauce and gaufrette potatoes

    Though John Smith’s choice as well as that of Rob Long sound amazing also!! Really hard to choose just one =)

    Here’s to crossin my fingers =)

  8. Keldie says:

    I would have to try the Qualicom Beach Scallops….or maybe the Wild Mushroom Risotto….no I think the Scallops.

    So hard to choose. Maybe a sampler of everything would be in order :)

  9. Stefan says:

    I would also love to try the: Roasted Loin of Venison. Sounds absolutely delicious. Then again the whole menu sounds delicious.

  10. Tyler Ingram says:

    Too many things to try but I want to try the:

    Vancouver Island Octopus

    Sounds yummi!

    Why aren’t the Beef Wellingtons on the list??

  11. Miss604 says:

    @Tyler, I think they change up the menus pretty often. Depends on what’s in season and adds variety etc.

  12. Candice says:

    ok… really.. just one? its a toss between the Wild Mushroom Risotto and the Confit of Spring Lamb. I love love Risotto – and i am always looking for new ways to try lamb…. mmmmm

  13. Christy Hickmore says:

    Who wouldn’t want to try everything on the menu??? I would be keen to taste the Roasted Loin of Venison. Yummy in my Tummy!!

  14. Kenny Louie says:

    I’d have to go with the Roasted Loin of Venison. The curry scented carrot puree is too intriguing.

  15. The are so many tasty options to choose from! I’d likely start with the Moonstruck White Grace Cheese Souffle, then the Qualicum Beach Scallops, and then to finish it of the Apple Cheesecake!

  16. Colleen says:

    I have always wanted to try their 100 mile menu and the chiliwack corn & basil soup with the wile sockeye salmon sounds amazing!

  17. Oana says:

    How can I say no to the foie gras parfait??

  18. Greg says:

    Yummy!

    I’ve always wanted to go to Araxi!

    I definately want to try the Wild Seafood Trio, just sounds SO good!

  19. Jen says:

    Wow – I think this is your best contest yet!

    And I’d totally go for the Sloping Hills Pork off the 100 mile menu. Pork Belly has to be one of my favourite things, ever.

  20. Will says:

    The lamb, venison, and scallops would all give me a tough time deciding who should be left out. If only there were a “three-tier” of these dishes.

    Now, since I’ve chosen three dishes does that disqualify me from the contest?

  21. Carla Shore says:

    I’m salivating over the Vancouver Island Octopus. Sounds so interesting. This is one I’d love to win. I’ve really liked the show this season!

  22. Richard Loat says:

    The Rissoto sounds good, that’s my pick :)

  23. Janice says:

    I would love to try the Vancouver Island Octopus, partly because I’ve never tried local octopus, and partly because the pairing with Moroccan ingredients sounds really intriguing!

  24. Mel says:

    ooh, I would love to have the arctic char!

  25. Dave says:

    Albacore Tuna Tataki

  26. Sandra says:

    mmm they all seem so Good!!

    Qualicum Beach Scallops
    fresh Chilliwack corn, roasted chorizo, radish and green bean salad
    whole prairie mustard seed and maple vinaigrette

    mmmmmmmm but the lamb looks good too!!

  27. MJ Ankenman says:

    Araxi Three Tier Seafood Tower
    all of the above with the addition of local tuna sushi
    and a whole Nova Scotia lobster!
    Wow that would be an incredible feast!
    It would be a blast to go to this. We have been watching it all season.

  28. Meghan Gross says:

    Qualicum Beach Scallops with fresh Chilliwack corn, roasted chorizo, radish and green bean salad whole prairie mustard seed and maple vinaigrette.

    Sounds so delicious and it’s local!

  29. Robyn says:

    I am a HUGE fan of Chef Gordon Ramsay and Hell’s Kitchen. Browsing their menu online I really appreciate how Araxi Restaurant incorporates local ingredients into their dishes.

    So, if I had to choose off their menu, I would choose something I would not normally order -*** Araxi Three Tier Seafood Tower ***

  30. Erik M says:

    Definitely the BC Sablefish! Sounds tasty… thanks for another great
    contest!

  31. Jason says:

    I’m all over the Valrhona Chocolate Fondant. Notice I went directly to the “desserts” section?

  32. Tyler Ingram says:

    Rebecca, yea I know but after watching last season I want one! Uhoh.. Robyn is eyeing the $135 raw bar item! lol

    BTW who else watches his other shows such as the F Word and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares?

  33. Stephen says:

    I”ll take the Pemberton Meadows Beef Carpaccio.

    oh wait, make that 2.

  34. Jenn says:

    Everything sounds amazing hard to chose one!
    I’d go with the wild mushroom risotto

  35. LienY says:

    I can never turn down well cooked sablefish. Ooh man…AND they’re donating partial proceeds to WWF. Food with a cause, a nice touch.

    BC Sablefish
    roasted garlic crust, du puy lentils and butternut squash
    North Arm red carrots and spiced yogurt sauce

  36. PattyG says:

    Mmmmmmm BC Sablefish!!! I looooove sablefish….

  37. LienY says:

    Can’t turn down well cooked sablefish. And they’re donating partial proceeds to the WWF. Food with a cause; a classy touch.

    BC Sablefish
    roasted garlic crust, du puy lentils and butternut squash
    North Arm red carrots and spiced yogurt sauce

  38. Colin says:

    I couldn’t choose just one item so here’s my dinner order

    GBE Heirloom Tomatoes + Buffalo Mozzarella

    Canada Prime Beef Tenderloin

    Black Forest Cake

  39. Deanna says:

    Ooh the Wild Mushroom Risotto with assorted mushrooms, white wine and pecorino romano fried herbs and toasted almonds.

    For my gluten-free dietary needs, that would awesome!

  40. Christine Baker says:

    I would like to try the 4 Course Tasting Menu…with the extra wine pairing option…of course!

    I like the idea of the 100 mile challenge- I love the fact that Araxi is supporting the local community while being environmentally responsible.

    The specific item on this menue I would like to taste:

    Qualicum Beach Scallops
    pomme mousseline, radish and green bean salad
    with honey and fresh herb vinaigrette

  41. Sharylin says:

    It all looks & sounds so delectable! BC Sablefish would be the one menu item I’d like to try as I’ve never had Sablefish before and I like the fact that $2 is donated to the World Wildlife Federation.

  42. Christine Baker says:

    I would like to try the 4 Course Tasting Menu…with the extra wine pairing option…of course!

    I like the idea of the 100 mile challenge- I love the fact that Araxi is supporting the local community while being environmentally responsible.

    The specific item on this menu I would like to taste:

    Qualicum Beach Scallops
    pomme mousseline, radish and green bean salad
    with honey and fresh herb vinaigrette

  43. filmgoerjuan says:

    Wild Mushroom Risotto.

    Of course I fully expect it to be made 3-4 times before it makes it out to me (if the show is any indication).

  44. Dilara says:

    Everything sounds so good! It’s hard to pick one thing…

    I’d really like to try the BC Sablefish.

    Thanks for another amazing contest. :)

  45. ApollineR says:

    I would try the 100 mile tasting menu to taste local specialties. And the item I choose is “Sunshine Coast Oysters”.

  46. Kara says:

    Pemberton Meadows Beef Carpaccio, Pemberton Meadows Beef Carpaccio, Pemberton Meadows Beef Carpaccio (now where have those ruby slippers gotten to…?)

  47. Brother Brad says:

    Qualicum Beach Scallops

    mmmm

    Love hell’s kitchen!

  48. Kulpreet Singh says:

    Love watching Hell’s Kitchen for the drama and dynamics but wouldn’t eat there if you paid me!

  49. Antonia says:

    No question here…I’d go for the BC Sablefish (it sounds amazing) roasted garlic crust, du puy lentils and butternut squash, North Arm red carrots and spiced yogurt sauce…yum.

    (pick me!)

  50. Sanaz says:

    I would love to try the BC Sablefish…

  51. Tawcan says:

    Start off with
    Dungeness Crab Roll

    For main I’d love to try
    Qualicum Beach Scallops

    Then finish off with
    House Churned Ice Cream

    YUM!

  52. beachbum says:

    I would like to try the:

    Qualicum Beach Scallops
    fresh Chilliwack corn, roasted chorizo, radish and green bean salad whole prairie mustard seed and maple vinaigrette

    Chilliwack corn is just the best! And I think pairing it with scallops would simply be delicious!!
    I think just the experience to be there and watching what I’ve been watching on tv would be so cool!

    Good Luck to me!

    Cheers and Bon Appetite!

  53. Thomas Tran says:

    A rare delight, i would love to try the

    Foie Gras Parfait in the Small Plates menu.

    Bon Appetite!

  54. Teresa says:

    I would try the Albacore Tuna Tataki.

  55. Josip says:

    I would love to nibble on the Vancouver Island Octopus.

  56. Janice says:

    Pemberton Meadows Beef Carpaccio! How delicious. That’s what I would try.

  57. Ann says:

    GBE Heirloom Tomatoes + Buffalo Mozzarella

    So so good!!!!

  58. Dom Richards says:

    For me, it’s got to be the Sloping Hills Pork, mmmm…

    Thanks for another great competition Rebecca, one of your best yet.

  59. Eric says:

    The Canadian Prime Tenderloin looks so good.

  60. Sean says:

    I’d go for the Vancouver Island Octopus

  61. Nigel says:

    Confit of Spring Lamb
    crisp parmesan polenta and barigoule artichokes
    Pemberton sweet peas and ginger-mint salsa verde
    $31.50

    Love lamb and this sounds so, so good.

  62. Craig Dibble says:

    Roasted Venison! May I be the winner please??

  63. Andrea says:

    Wild Seafood Trio

    Me love raw =D

  64. Kathleen Keleher says:

    Foie Gras Parfait

    Something I’ve never tried so I’d live a little dangerously.

  65. Heather Armenise says:

    Qualicum Beach Scallops
    fresh Chilliwack corn, roasted chorizo, radish and green bean salad
    whole prairie mustard seed and maple vinaigrette

    Yummy!

  66. Louise says:

    Cheesecake & Apple pie combined? Oh my…. this sounds like heaven!

    Apple Cheesecake
    caramelized apples with Lillooet honey and Denman Island apple juice
    mascarpone cheesecake and almond streusel crust

  67. David says:

    It’s got to be the BEEF! Now I am hungry, very hungry!

    Canada Prime Beef Tenderloin
    local mushroom ragout, braised Pemberton beef and fresh horseradish
    red wine and thyme jus

  68. Laurie says:

    I LOVE HELL’S KITCHEN.

    Just got hooked on the show this season. I’d pick the Canada Prime Beef Tenderloin which has a local mushroom ragout, braised Pemberton beef and fresh horseradish
    red wine and thyme jus

  69. Sandi says:

    Moonstruck White Grace Cheese Souffle
    Sablefish with puy lentils
    Lemon Tart with Goat Cheese Ice Cream

    And a Master Cleanse for a week afterwards.

  70. Stephanie says:

    I want to try the Qualicum Beach Scallops. :)

  71. Kerry Anne says:

    Confit of Spring Lamb

  72. Holly says:

    I would have to say after viewing the menu the Roasted Loin of venison , now Im hungry, hope I get to attend I love this place!

  73. Mark Lise says:

    Kevin all the way!

    Foie Gras Parfait

  74. gary says:

    I’d love some Vancouver Island Octopus!

  75. lobo says:

    mmmm….Black Forest Cake
    dark chocolate mousse, brandied cherries
    triple chocolate stracciatella ice cream

  76. Gloria says:

    Pemberton Meadows Beef Carpaccio

  77. Sharon says:

    Everything looks heavenly but I would pick the BC Sablefish and then move on to the other menu items:)Yummmmm….

  78. Yvonne says:

    Foie Gras Parfait sounds interesting. I would make my way to Araxi hopefully soon in the future even if I don’t win, but I would rather win :)

  79. Pete says:

    The Canada Prime Beef Tenderloin is my 1st pick…then those Qualicum scallops…wait..can I only pick one?

  80. angekins says:

    Could the entire ‘Wine Menu’ count as 1 menu item? :)

    Oh alright then, ‘Wild Mushroom Risotto’ it is!

  81. Lynn Montes says:

    Qualicom Beach Scallops – can I just say how I love the fact that they use locally grown items on their menu! It makes me feel so proud that we have such an abundance of wonderful things here in our part of the world! We really do live in the best place on earth!!! :)

  82. Danielle says:

    Roasted Loin of Venison
    Langstaff kale and swiss chard, curry scented carrot puree
    local crabapple sauce and gaufrette potatoes

    mmmm – sounds delightful! I tried venison recently at the Pacific Institute for Culinary Arts Bistro 101 and it was lovely.

    But the Canada Prime Beef Tenderloin was a very very close second choice…

  83. Oliver says:

    Araxi Three Tier Seafood Tower

  84. Miranda says:

    Please put me down as craving the Beef Carpaccio and the BC Sablefish!

    Thanks Rebecca!

    Miranda
    who thinks the final three HK candidates are exactly right

  85. Keri says:

    No doubt I want to try the Dungeness Crab Salad! YUM YUM YUM! BC Sablefish would be amazing too, can’t beat local fish. And since dessert is a must the Black Forest Cake please :)

    Good luck, love the show!

  86. Jessica says:

    Definitely the Qualicum Beach Scallops.

    Watching them cook scallops every week on HK makes want to eat them so badly!

  87. Victor says:

    Everything looks too good! But I think my top pick would be the Moonstruck White Grace Cheese Souffle!

  88. Freddy says:

    I would love the chilliwack corn, and of course the basil soup. umm umm good.

  89. Bonnie says:

    Would love to try their Canada Prime Beef Tenderloin — yum!

  90. Marilyn says:

    It all sounds yummy! I’d probably try the 100 Mile Tasting Menu since I really like the idea of eating local. However if I had to pick only one item on the entire menu I think I’d go with the Moonstruck White Grace Cheese Souffle.

  91. Mike C says:

    I’ll take any 4 out of 5 items, as long as the tenderloin is included… all good.

  92. Tamara says:

    Albacore Tuna Tataki sounds delicious!!!! After we put our baby to bed we watch Hell’s Kitchen every week!

  93. Noah says:

    Pemberton valley tenderloin. Cheers for local beef!

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  95. Frank Vanderhoek says:

    Pemberton Meadows Beef Carpaccio
    wild arugula, truffled pecorino and organic olive oil
    spiced crostini and North Arm horseradish Sounds delicious doesn’t it Can’t wait to try it

  96. Kels says:

    Confit of Spring Lamb! sounds tasty

  97. Will says:

    Ice Cream Sandwich , but all the deserts sound great!

  98. Gale says:

    The Confit of Spring Lamb calls to me.

  99. Ian says:

    Seriously, it has to be the:
    Venison Tartare
    truffle dressing and foie gras tourchon
    pickled chanterelle mushrooms and crostini
    Sounds like a unique (and local) take on the dish.

  100. Nikki says:

    Qualicum Beach Scallops
    fresh Chilliwack corn, roasted chorizo, radish and green bean salad
    whole prairie mustard seed and maple vinaigrette

  101. Suzan says:

    Vancouver Island Octopus with garlic confit….mmmmmmm that’s what I would chose!

  102. Faye says:

    No contest: Araxi Three Tier Seafood Tower!

  103. GBE Heirloom Tomatoes + Buffalo Mozzarella

    Simple ingredients, but sounds tasty.

  104. Vikki says:

    Pemberton Meadows Beef Carpaccio
    wild arugula, truffled pecorino and organic olive oil
    spiced crostini and North Arm horseradish would be my first choice!

  105. Maggie says:

    Albacore Tuna Tataki
    Squeeeee!

  106. wyn says:

    The BC Sablefish – I’m addicted to that stuff.

    Thanks for holding this contest!

  107. Nicole says:

    Confit of Spring Lamb
    crisp parmesan polenta (yum!! crispy polenta is the best!) and barigoule artichokes
    Pemberton sweet peas (yay for local produce!) and ginger-mint salsa verde

    This would be the best birthday ever!

  108. Andrew says:

    Got to be the Pemberton Meadows Beef Carpaccio -
    wild arugula, truffled pecorino and organic olive oil
    spiced crostini and North Arm horseradish

    Local is the way to go! If I win, I’ll get you some great photos for the follow up article!

    -A

  109. Emily says:

    I would have to try the Qualicum Beach Scallops. They sound pretty tasty.

  110. rossa sung says:

    Wild Mushroom Risotto
    assorted mushrooms, white wine and pecorino romano
    fried herbs and toasted almonds

    Sounds delicious. I haven’t had a decent risotto in years!

  111. BrianW says:

    I want to try Pemberton Meadows Beef Carpaccio!

  112. Trevor says:

    Mmmm… the Venison Tartare sounds very tasty! I would love to try that.

  113. Leah says:

    i’m skipping straight to dessert – Valrhona Chocolate Fondant, please. earl grey ice cream? how can you lose!

  114. Suji says:

    I pick sablefish anytime it’s on a menu! Yum!

  115. Jile says:

    I would love to try the Albacore Tuna Tataki. YUM!

  116. Kyler says:

    Mmm, I’m going to pick a main and it’s going to be the “confit of spring lamb”

  117. Brad says:

    I would have the Pemberton Meadows Beef Carpaccio

  118. Julie says:

    Roasted Loin of Venison for me please!

  119. 100 MILE TASTING MENU – Would love to try the 100 Mile Tasting Menu. A great Variety of local fare… Yum Yum!!!

  120. Bill Mac says:

    Wild Mushroom Risotto or anything from the dessert menu!

  121. Mmmmm…

    Dungeness Crab Salad
    Sarah’s fillet beans, fennel and citrus
    carrots, avocado and mustard leaves
    $18.50

  122. Noel Douglas says:

    Valrhona Chocolate Fondant.

    We just walked by ARAXI’s yesterday but was not yet open…sigh.
    Great contest, thanks for thinking of your readers.

  123. Sea__Breeze says:

    Mmmmmm I’d love to try:

    Two Tier Seafood Tower
    oysters, spot prawns, seared albacore tuna
    dungeness crab and avacado roll, arctic char
    $85.00

    Sounds divine!

  124. Care__bear says:

    You can’t beat good Tune! Albacore Tuna TatakiRootdown spicy greens and pinenutsbutternut squash and radish sprouts$16.50

  125. Samir says:

    Araxi Three Tier Seafood Tower

    Looks and sounds amazing!!

  126. Scott Dobie says:

    Confit of Spring Lamb

  127. I’d have to go for:

    Wild Mushroom Risotto
    assorted mushrooms, white wine and pecorino romano
    fried herbs and toasted almonds.

  128. Cathy says:

    Everything sounds mouth watering, but I’m all about the desserts and the Ice Cream Sandwich with Frangelico parfait layered with flourless chocolate cake cocoa nib and hazelnut crust tops my list, dear god, num! I hope Dave wins!!

  129. Nolan says:

    Because I’m paranoid and not sure if my comment actually got through….

    Wild Mushroom Risotto
    assorted mushrooms, white wine and pecorino romano
    fried herbs and toasted almonds
    $27.50

  130. thekway says:

    Looking at that menu makes me want to drive up there right now!!

    I would love to try the BC Sablefish and I would savour every single bite!

  131. thekway says:

    Ekk dont see my entry, so like Nolan let me try this again.

    BC Sablefish is my dish of choice… and I just decided on dessert, Apple Cheesecake it is!

  132. Erin O'Reilly says:

    Qualicum Beach Scallops…I absolutely love them and the combination sounds amazing. I’m hungry thinking about them!

  133. John K says:

    Qualicum Beach Scallops with fresh Chilliwack corn with the roasted chorizo.

    Sounds good… and my girlfriend really wants to go!

  134. Amy G says:

    I want to try Qualicum Beach Scallops, too! Because scallops are always so prominent on the show and it has ingredients I would never use myself!

  135. Evany says:

    My husband and I are big seafood fans. The Qualicum Beach Scallops sound sooo good! We are in Whistler already. Would love to join the incredible event on Tuesday.

  136. JP says:

    Congratulations to Dave

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  139. [...] caramelized apples with Lillooet honey and Denman Island apple juice mascarpone cheesecake and almond streusel crust. David October 7th, 2009 at 11:22 am. It’s got to be the BEEF! Now I am hungry, very hungry! …. Trevor October 9th, 2009 at 1:37 pm. Mmmm… the Venison Tartare sounds very tasty! I would love to try that. Leah October 9th, 2009 at 1:37 pm. i’m skipping straight to dessert – Valrhona Chocolate Fondant, please. earl grey ice cream? how can you lose! …Read More… [...]

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