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!

Saturday, October 27th

TCU Place

Saskatoon Competing Chefs (click photo to learn their stories)

Heather Bekar-Schulte

Heather Bekar-Schulte

Chef de Partie Catering View Website

Representing Saskatoon

Q & A with Heather Bekar-Schulte
Tell us about who or what inspired you to become a chef?
My Dad.
What do you love about cooking for a living?
The creativity.
What’s your favourite thing to cook at home?
Bread.
Where would you travel to on a culinary vacation and why?
France, to eat.
Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
Working hard
If you were an Olympic athlete what sport would you compete in and why?
Wrestling.
What is your favourite thing about Canada’s Great Kitchen Party?
The celebration of food.
Todd Clark

Todd Clark

Boffins Public House View Website

Representing Saskatoon

Darren Craddock

Darren Craddock

The Village Bistro View Website

Representing Saskatoon

Greg Doucette

Greg Doucette

The Rook & Raven Pub View Website

Representing Saskatoon

Q & A with Greg Doucette
Tell us about who or what inspired you to become a chef?
I started by cooking at home... I had bartender for a few years, just recently dropped out of nursing school, my dad died and I was jobless. My ex wife had a "regular" 9 to 5 job, so my job was to make sure supper was ready. I started playing around with different food...and fucking things up (cooking beef shank like a steak) and learning. Then figured I'd give cooking professionally a shot. Later, Anthony Bourdain became my biggest professional influence...RIP.
What do you love about cooking for a living?
Cooking is a craft...part sport, part creative outlet. I love dancing on line with a couple of other burly dudes flipping pans, or rocking grill, all in perfect harmony in the midst of a white out of bills.
Please tell us three things you love about your restaurant.
Staff, friends, jokes.
What’s your favourite thing to cook at home?
Sandwiches are my all time fave thing to make and eat...you can do anything with some dough or bread of some sort with any variety of toppings and condiments imaginable...and it's perfect on the go food...I also consider pizza and tacos sandwiches...all the same principles apply.
Where would you travel to on a culinary vacation and why?
France, Italy, Spain, Portugal... all the good things and my influences are there.
Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
Teaching new culinary talent.
If you were an Olympic athlete what sport would you compete in and why?
Volleyball...still play men's league to this day. Love it.
What is your favourite thing about Canada’s Great Kitchen Party?
Comradery of chefs and cooks.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
I'm a recovering alcoholic and addict facing life and mental illness head on, and sober, since February 27, 2018.
Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris

Shift / Oliver & Bonacinni View Website

Representing Saskatoon

Christopher Hill

Christopher Hill

Taste Restaurant Group View Website

Representing Saskatoon

Shaun McConnell

Shaun McConnell

Riverside Golf and Country Club View Website

Representing Saskatoon

Q & A with Shaun McConnell
Tell us about who or what inspired you to become a chef?
My entire family has always been an inspiration throughout my life. From helping my grandma bake cinnamon buns as a toddler. Making 100’s of pounds of sausage with my dad as a teenager to simply helping my mom prepare holiday suppers back home. Becoming a chef may have been a surprise to them but was the best choice I’ve ever made in my life.
What do you love about cooking for a living?
I’ve always loved when I got the chance to work in an open kitchen. I was able to see my creation from production, to prep, to cooking and then to plating. As it went to the pass and into the servers hands and then arriving onto the guests table. Those moments where the guest gets their first look, their first smell, their first taste is to this day my favorite part of cooking. Even now I can be seen peeking out from the kitchen to watch the reaction on diners faces when they see and taste my creation.
Please tell us three things you love about your restaurant.
  1. Working at a private club you see some customers everyday and ultimately form great friendships.
  2. The view from our patio overlooking the south Saskatchewan river is hands down the best in the city.
  3. My restaurant demands all types of cooking styles at any given time. Grilled cheese and soup to 5 star ambassador dinners. Keeps things interesting.
What’s your favourite thing to cook at home?
Anyone that knows me knows that I love summer and hot weather. My favorite thing will always be anything cooked outside and on the barbeque. Steak, Ribs, Burgers, Baked Potatoes.
Where would you travel to on a culinary vacation and why?
I have always wanted to do a road trip of the U.S.A. The vast melting pot of different cultures that translate to unique cooking styles I believe would be an amazing experience as well as the scenery from coast to coast.
Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
In 5-10 years I will hopefully continue in my cooking career and starting a family here in Saskatoon.
If you were an Olympic athlete what sport would you compete in and why?
Something I have always wanted to try to get involved in is sailing. I have no real reason where that desire comes from but have always been attracted to the ocean and the beach so this feels like a natural fit for me.
What is your favourite thing about Canada’s Great Kitchen Party?
Canada's Great Kitchen Party to me has always been about the great competition, bringing your team together to create one solid dish. This competition is the best of the best in the city putting their best foot forward and competing for the top prize of the year.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
I have a strong hate for yellow prepared mustard. The color, the smell, the taste. Yuck.
Jenni Schrenk

Jenni Schrenk

Chef Jenni Cuisine View Website

Representing Saskatoon

Q & A with Jenni Schrenk
Tell us about who or what inspired you to become a chef?
Until I was four, my family lived at a northern pulp camp where my Dad was a timber scaler. Nettie, the camp cook, made every meal with love and care for those she was feeding.
What do you love about cooking for a living?
I love connecting with people through food.
Please tell us three things you love about your restaurant.
I sold my restaurant in 2012 and now cater out of The Local Kitchen where I also teach cooking classes. I enjoy the community atmosphere, the bright, airy space and the snack drawer for members!
What’s your favourite thing to cook at home?
My favourite thing to cook at home is anything that creatively uses up leftovers. I can’t stand food waste.
Where would you travel to on a culinary vacation and why?
I need to go to Denmark to connect with that part of my heritage and hopefully eat at NOMA!!!
Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
I hope to have more wrinkles from smiling, my pilot’s license and a little cabin at the lake where I grew up.
If you were an Olympic athlete what sport would you compete in and why?
When I worked at Ski Marmot Basin I loved to go out before my shift started and the runs were still nicely groomed. I always daydreamed about racing Super G because I like speed and cowbells!
What is your favourite thing about Canada’s Great Kitchen Party?
My team and I love interacting with the athletes at Canada's Great Kitchen Party. We’ve put our all into the dish and it’s so rewarding to see them enjoy it.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
I’m really shy and have to give myself a pep talk before a catering or cooking class.

Ticket Packages & Prices

A Dish by Chef Blake Flann
A Dish by Chef Blake Flann
  • Individual Ticket: $350
  • Corporate Table: table of 10: $3500
  • VIP Athlete Hosted Table: VIP access, table of 10 guests + elite athlete from amateur, para or pro-sport: $5500
  • 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

Trent Norman

Trent Norman

Blair Chapman

Blair Chapman

Partners

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

Event Schedule

Saskatoon 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 James McFarland, University of Saskatchewan, 2017 Saskatoon 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 8 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
  • Noelle Chorney, Senior Judge
  • Michael Beaulé
  • dee Hobsbawn-Smith
  • Amy Jo Ehman
  • Peter Phillips
  • Chef James McFarland

Contact

Lisa Peters
Eye Inspire Events
Box 686, White City, SK  S4L 5B1
P: 306-539-5339
E: saskatoon@greatkitchenparty.com

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