Canada’s Great Kitchen Party

Friday, October 30, 2020


The "Winner's Circle" brought to you by Sysco


Chef Denise Friesen of Denise et Jean-Louis Catering

Chef Denise Friesen of Denise et Jean-Louis Catering Photo
Chef Denise Friesen of Denise et Jean-Louis Catering Photo

Winnipeg Co-chairs: Kevin Klippenstein, Ed Gallos, David Sachvie

Platinum Hosts:

Masterroof  Land Rover  Land Rover  P&H

Purpose: To celebrate Canadian Excellence in food, music and sport and make a difference for youth.

Impact: Food, Music and Sport
Share in our vision of ensuring all children have food on the table and music in their lives - and national athletes have the support they need to represent Canada on the world stage.

Supporting: MusiCounts, CFCC and B2ten through ticket sales, direct donations and an online auction that will open seven days prior to the event

Competing Chefs

**To ensure you get the chef of your choice, order your tickets today! There is limited quantity per chef. Delivery is $15 within a 15 km radius or free curbside pickup.

Please note: because this is a culinary competition, allergies cannot be accommodated and no substitutions can be made. No allergen information should ever be considered a guarantee, but simply a best faith effort to serve our customers.

*Appetizer and dessert will be ready to serve. The main course will require simple finishing and plating.

Winnipeg Chefs - Click photo to reveal each chef's menu

Main Dish

Denise et Jean-Louis Catering | 29 Dysart Rd, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M7
Curbside Pick-up | Delivery within 15km at an additional cost

Chef Denise Friesen - First Time Competitor

Falafel, Smoked Baba Ganoush, Hemp Taboulis, Za'tar Crackers, Eggplant Chips & Sesame Citrus Sauce
Contains nuts

Braised Lamb with Star Anise, Dates, Apricots & Middle Eastern Spices
Fresh Corn Polenta, Butternut Squash & Red Onion, Lebanese Flatbread
Contains gluten, dairy

Suggested Wine Pairing:
Lock & Worth 2018 Merlot, Naramata Bench, BC

Pomegranate Pistachio Cheesecake
Contains gluten, nuts

Click here for the chef's Romance of the Dish

I'm taking you on a tour of the Middle East featuring their most infamous spice profiles, beginning with a Mezzo plate. This dish is completely raw and vegan and will ultimately surprise you! Beginning with a walnut & almond Falafel, Manitoba Hemp Taboulis with fresh garden parsley, Smoked Zucchini Babaganoush with crispy eggplant chips and Za'tar spiced Nut Crackers to scoop everything up and an orange Tahini Sauce to dip in. The Main course is featuring sweet Manitoba corn as a unique polenta spiked with salty Feta cheese, Lamb shanks braised in dried fruits and warm spices typical of the Middle East. Local fall vegetables and house baked Lebanese flatbread. For dessert we have a dairy free Cashew and Local Honey Cheesecake, Filo & Pistachio crust, with a tart Pomegranate Drizzle.

De Luca's | 66 South Landing Drive, Oak Bluff, MB R4G 0C4
Curbside Pick-up | Delivery within 15km at an additional cost

Chef Fabrizio Rossi - Six Time Competitor, Silver Medalist and People's Choice Winner

Panzanella Salad
mozzarella tomato basil onion bread salad wrapped in prosciutto di Parma
Contains gluten, dairy

Veal Ossobuco alla milanese (Milan style)
Traditional veal ossobuco saffron risotto wild mushrooms red wine sauce cheese sauce offered in an unusual way
Contains gluten, dairy

Suggested Wine Pairing:
Blue Mountain 2017 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, BC

cannoli siciliani beignet
ricotta cheese vanilla pistachios cannoli crumbs inside a pasta choux beignet
Contains gluten, dairy, nuts

Click here for the chef's Romance of the Dish

Traditional and iconic dishes proposed in a completely different form, hidden, to look like something else but still respecting the amazing flavors of the original dishes.

Main Dish

Prairie Kitchen Catering | 664 Kind Edward Street. Winnipeg, MB R3H 0P2
Curbside pick-up available | Delivery within 15km is an additional $15; delivery between 16km – 40km is $1 additional per km over the base price of $15

Chef Matthew Neufeld - First Time Competitor

Prairie Tomato Salad
Confit, Salt Roasted & Marinated Tomatoes, Lemon & Caper Gnocchi, House Ricotta, Salsa Verde, Sourdough Crouton & Crisp Prosciutto
Contains gluten, dairy, pinenuts

Manitoban Pickerel Trio
Pickerel Fillet with Hemp & Honey Dill, Pickerel & Lobster Terrine, Butter Poached Pickerel Cheeks, Apple Miso Puree, Crisp Beet Chip, Roasted Corn & Saffron Polenta, Pickled Granny Smith & Fennel Pollen
Contains dairy

Suggested Wine Pairing:
Dirty Laundry 2018 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley, BC

Deconstructed Shmoo
Vanilla & Espresso Sponge, Candied Pecans, Cinnamon Whip, Salted Maple Butterscotch, Crown Royal & Saskatoon Berry Compote
Contains gluten, dairy, nuts

Click here for the chef's Romance of the Dish

For my dish, I have chosen to highlight Pickerel/Walleye in a variety of ways to showcase the versatility and promote zero waste cooking. In the province of 10,000 lakes and rivers it only seemed natural to use Pickerel. The beautiful fillet brushed with Honey Dill and coated with Hemp Hearts. The offcuts used to make a Terrine accompanied with Lobster and Prosciutto. And the under utilized Pickerel Cheeks poached in butter served on a crisp beet chip with Tartar sauce garnishes. Rounding out the dish is the flavours of Apples, Beets and Corn. Prominent Manitoban ingredients that are reminiscent of Autumn in the Prairies.
The wine pairing we have chosen to go with our dish is a 2018 Dirty Laundry Pinot Gris from the Okanagan Valley. We have chosen to use this wine as our pairing for the Medium bodied and well rounded representation, crisp acidity and flavours of fresh orchard apples and a slight herbaceousness to finish.

Harth Mozza & Wine Bar | 1-980 St Annes Rd, Winnipeg, MB R2N 0A5
Curbside pick-up available | Delivery within 15km is an additional $15; delivery between 16km – 40km is $1 additional per km over the base price of $15

Chef Brent Genyk - First Time Competitor

Manitoba Rabbit & Berkshire Pork Terrine
Endive, Truffle, Mustard, Anchovy Vinaigrette
Contains gluten, dairy

Brant Lake Wagyu Short- Rib
Taleggio Fonduta, Red Onion Agrodolce, Fermented Cabbage, Gremolata
Contains dairy

Suggested Wine Pairing:
Tightrope Vertigo 2016, Okanagan Valley, BC (blend of Merlot/Cabernet Franc/ Barbera)

Apple Crostata
Frangipane, Vanilla Bean Mascarpone, Dulce de Leche
Contains gluten, dairy, nuts

Click here for the chef's Romance of the Dish

The Winner's Circle brought to you by Sysco – the winning chef in each city will be announced during the show!         FAQ



Barbara O’Hara - Senior Judge, #pastrychefbella, #accbakery, quality ingredients + food cost + hospitality

Jeff Gill - Former instructor and Director of Food Services Red River College, just retired!

Ticket Options

Dinner and the show - support a competing chef by ordering a three-course meal and the online show and enjoy a memorable evening of great food and music: $195 per person*

Host Clients or Staff - let your clients and staff know you care - see Platinum Host information below

Just the online show: $50/household

*Wine and delivery at an additional cost

Questions? _____ FAQ

For Your VIP Clients

Platinum Host – A Virtual Option

Looking for a unique way to thank and recognize some of your dedicated staff during these challenging times?

Can't meet with your clients and looking for a way to let them know they matter?

Benefits include:

  • a podium worthy 3-course meal from a competing chef of your choice delivered to your clients or dedicated staff
  • one bottle of the chef’s paired wine delivered with the meal (one bottle per couple)
  • delivery to homes (delivery range varies per restaurant)
  • logo recognition on Kitchen Party website
  • logo recognition and acknowledgement during the online show

Price per dinners:

5 clients (10 dinners), 5 bottles of wine, delivered up to 5 homes - $5000

10 clients (20 dinners), 10 bottles of wine, delivered up to 10 homes - $7000

If you have any questions, would like to order for fewer or more than 10 clients, please contact Lisa Pasin or 780-448-5945       FAQ

"Dedicate a Song" Supporter

Benefitting MusiCounts: your gift ensures instruments or equipment at a deserving school in your community

For $10,000 donation: Imagine one of the musicians dedicating a song on the show to someone special in your life?

Benefits include:      FAQ

  • A charitable tax receipt
  • A performance dedication by a musician
  • Recognition that your donation has helped a school in your community

For more information or to order this package contact Karen Blair at

Beneficiary Supporter

Benefitting one of the three Kitchen Party charities


A donation ($5000-$25,000) direct to the charity.

Benefits include:

  • A charitable tax receipt
  • Verbal and visual acknowledgement the night of the event

For more information or to make a donation to one of the charities contact Karen Blair at


Jim Cuddy, National Entertainment Advisor for Kitchen Party, is bringing together an exceptional all-star cast! Expect hit after hit after hit in what can be described as a show like no other! For those of you who tuned into Kitchen Party’s Home Edition expect an even more powerful and diverse line up of Canada’s best and most iconic talent.

Each show will have a different line up of talent from this amazing roster including: Jim Cuddy, Ed Robertson, Serena Ryder, Alan Doyle, Barney Bentall, Johnny Reid, Whitehorse, Lorraine Segato, Gord Bamford, Eagle and Hawk, William Prince, Anne Lindsay, Murray McLauchlan, Danny Michel, Alex Cuba, Measha Brueggergoserman, Neil Osborne, Kandle Osborne, Bill Henderson, Julian Taylor, Devin Cuddy, Elisapie, Sam Polley, Terra Lightfoot, Tom Wilson, Rose Cousins, Joel Plaskett, Dawn Pemberton, Donovan Woods, Nuela Charles and more!

Host for Ontario, Alberta, Atlantic and Sask/Man: Denise Donlon

Co-hosts for Alberta: Denise Donlon and Dave Kelly



We know many companies have suffered during this pandemic but there are also companies that have pivoted and flourished during these times. If you are one of those companies, and looking to thank your staff/clients or support your community donating directly to one of the charities, we would be delighted to share details with you on how to become a Platinum Host, a Provincial Partner, a "Dedicate a Song" Supporter or a Beneficiary Supporter, please contact Karen Blair by emailing or calling 647-267-6530


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