Canada’s Great Kitchen Party!

Regional Qualifier for the Canadian Culinary Championships

Join us for an amazing evening to celebrate Canadian Culture in food, sport and music!

Thursday, November 1st*

Telus Conference Centre – North Building, Hall CDE

*For invited guests only

Calgary Competing Chefs (click photo to learn their stories)

Alison MacNeil

Alison MacNeil

Social Eatery View Website

Representing Calgary

Q & A with Alison MacNeil
Please tell us three things you love about your restaurant.
  1. Cooking fresh from scratch food for kids
  2. Being able to interact with the guest because it has an open market concept
  3. The science aspect of it. For example always having liquid nitrogen on hand to make ice cream!
Where would you travel to on a culinary vacation and why?
I'd love to go to the Philippines. Food, culture, island life!
Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
I have a huge passion for gardening and foraging.
Benjamin Mills

Benjamin Mills

Bonterra Trattoria/ Posto Pizzeria View Website

Representing Calgary

JP Pedhirney

JP Pedhirney

Bridgette Bar View Website

Representing Calgary

Kayle Burns

Kayle Burns

Bread and Circus Roman Trattoria View Website

Representing Calgary

Q & A with Kayle Burns
What do you love about cooking for a living?
Never stop learning. I love the fact that I’ve been cooking for 15 years and I’m still learning just as much today as the first day I went to culinary school. It will never stop.
What’s your favourite thing to cook at home?
Grill cheese sandwiches.
If you were a competitive athlete what sport would you compete in and why?
Snowboarding, I love snowboarding. I think finding something I was so passionate about growing up made me realize the importance of having a job I truly cared about. And they both worked so well together. Shred in the morning and cook at night.
Marc Bourgeois

Marc Bourgeois

The Derrick Gin Mill & Kitchen View Website

Representing Calgary

Q & A with Marc Bourgeois
Tell us about who or what inspired you to become a chef?
I was a very passionate hockey player and fan from a young age. I loved the emphasis on teamwork and work ethic for success. I also thrived under high pressure situations. When I first walked onto a busy kitchen line I felt at home amidst the chaos.
What do you love about cooking for a living?
I truly love the broad spectrum of the career. We get to be artists, mentors, businessmen, promoters, laborers and even repair men when necessary! My favorite part of the job is being able to impact someone on a personal or emotional level. We are blessed as Chef's to be able to bring joy to others through food.
If you were a competitive athlete what sport would you compete in and why?
Whatever I come home with from the market! I love shopping for fresh and new ingredients I'm unfamiliar with. All I need are a couple of guinea pigs and it's time to experiment!
Matthew Batey

Matthew Batey

TEATRO GROUP View Website

Representing Calgary

Q & A with Matthew Batey
Tell us about who or what inspired you to become a chef?
I started cooking at home with my Dad at a very young age. He did the majority of the cooking for our family and quite often we would bake together after my siblings went to bed. I am the eldest of my siblings and this was a way to spend time with him one on one.
What is your favourite thing about Canada's Great Kitchen Party?
Competing. I like the rush from the pressure to perform. Also the opportunity to hang with fellow chefs and express ourselves through food. When I was at the Canadian Culinary Championships, the camaraderie was also excellent. Everyone of course wants to win, but the level of respect that was shown reminds me how tight knit the culinary community is in Canada.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
I don't like chocolate
Roy Oh

Roy Oh

Anju Restaurant View Website

Representing Calgary

Rupert Garcia

Rupert Garcia

OXBOW View Website

Representing Calgary

Q & A with Rupert Garcia
What do you love about cooking for a living?
I love the daily grind, observing the crew execute service, seeing guests enjoying their meals and the sense of accomplishment on a daily basis then doing it all over again the next day.
Where would you travel to on a culinary vacation and why?
New Orleans! A lot of food!
What is your favourite thing about Canada's Great Kitchen Party?
The opportunity to represent our establishment and executing a dish that has been worked on and developed over time, has the same feeling as a competitive athlete representing their country. In a way, this is our competitive trial.
Scott Beaton

Scott Beaton

Two Penny View Website

Representing Calgary

Q & A with Scott Beaton
What do you love about cooking for a living?
I love the people I get to work with every day. The real sense of "family" spending so many hours together creates bonds that I don't think you have in every line of work. Making people happy - everyone loves food. To be able to help create memories for people is what makes the long hours worth while.
Where would you travel to on a culinary vacation and why?
Spain. Such an amazing country where food really is life and brings everyone together.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
I have a pretty extensive sneaker collection.. 50 plus pairs and counting...
Dave Bohati

Dave Bohati

Murrietas View Website

Representing Calgary

Ticket Packages & Prices

A Dish by Chef Blake Flann
A Dish by Chef Blake Flann
  • Individual Ticket: $375
  • Corporate Table: table of 10 guests: $3750
  • VIP Athlete Hosted Table: VIP access, table of 10 guests + elite athlete from amateur, para or pro-sport: $5750
  • Silver Partner: on site branding, VIP access, table of 10 guests + elite athlete from amateur, para or pro-sport: $10000
  • Gold Partner: pre-event and on site branding, VIP access, special benefits, two tables of 10 guests + 2 elite athletes from amateur, para or pro-sport:  $25000

(Taxes not included)

Event Co-Chairs

Chris Lee

Chris Lee

Tim Gillespie

Tim Gillespie

Dave Harrison

Dave Harrison

Her Honour, the Honourable Lois Mitchell, CM, AOE, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

Her Honour, the Honourable Lois Mitchell, CM, AOE, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

(Honorary Patron)

Partners

Thank you to the partners and supporters who provide vital support to the project!

Event Schedule

Calgary Winning Chefs

5:15pm – VIP Reception (Stand up format)
This reception is for Deloitte, Gold Partners, Silver Partners, VIP Athlete Hosted Table buyers, athletes and celebrities in attendance.
  • Featuring Blake Flann, BLAKE (Canmore), 2017 Calgary Gold Medal winner
  • Silent Auction, raffles and KP Pints
5:30pm – Early access to chef stations for VIPs
6:00pm – The Competition (stand up format)
General Admittance for corporate table and individual ticket buyers
  • Tasting of the top 10 chefs’ creations
  • Tasting of Canada’s best wines, spirits and KP Pints – Canada’s best craft beers
  • Silent Auction, Raffles
  • Athletes and celebrities in attendance
7:40 PM – Celebration Gala (sit down format)
  • Enjoy decadent dessert or cheese plate and Canadian wines
  • Recognition of the evening’s competing chefs, athletes and musicians
  • MC – coming soon
  • Entertainment – coming soon
  • Crowning of the Culinary Bronze, Silver and Gold medalists
  • Live Auction– Trips to include: Big White Culinary Adventure, Tuscany, Mallorca – Spain, The Caribbean (new), Morocco, Vietnam (new), NAPA (brought back!), Newfoundland through the eyes of Alan Doyle (brought back!) and the 1001 Km Cycling Challenge From Lake Louise to Whistler
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Judges

  • James Chatto, National Culinary Advisor
  • John Gilchrist, Senior Judge
  • Michael Allemeier
  • Ryan O’Flynn
  • Kathy Richardier
  • Jinhee Lee
  • Chef Blake Flann

Contact

Lisa Pasin
300, 10924 – 107 Avenue
Edmonton, AB – T5H 0X5
780-448-5945 – phone
780-428-1030 – fax
E: calgary@greatkitchenparty.com

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