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 8th

RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg

Winnipeg Competing Chefs (click photo to learn their stories)

Jacqueline<br>
Hildebrand

Jacqueline
Hildebrand

Hy's Steakhouse View Website

Representing Winnipeg

Q & A with Jacqueline
Hildebrand
Tell us about who or what inspired you to become a chef?
I have never wanted to do anything but cook. I grew up watching my mom and grandmothers and they were a great support and inspiration for me. I was always in the kitchen helping whenever I could. My mom, bless her, would let me follow recipes on my own from a young age. They always supported my career.
What do you love about cooking for a living?
I love making people happy through food. There's something about cooking for people that fills my heart with joy. The competitive nature and team atmosphere make me smile on a daily basis. I couldn't love what I do more
If you were an Olympic athlete what sport would you compete in and why?
Absolutely hockey. I grew up playing it and it is still a passion of mine.
Heiko Duehrsen

Heiko Duehrsen

Assiniboine Park Conservancy View Website

Representing Winnipeg

Q & A with Heiko Duehrsen
Tell us about who or what inspired you to become a chef?
My culinary instructor in high school Brock Paton was a drill sargent of a teacher and got me turned around. I've worked with a lot of inspiring people and continue to do so.
What do you love about cooking for a living?
The camaraderie and the creativity.
What’s your favourite thing to cook at home?
I love cooking curry. It takes time but you can appreciate all the layers of flavor in the finished product.
Tim Palmer

Tim Palmer

VG @ Fairmont View Website

Representing Winnipeg

Q & A with Tim Palmer
Tell us about who or what inspired you to become a chef?
I loved cooking from a very young age and I have very fond memories of pickling and making jam with my grandmother using fruit and vegetables from their garden.
If you were an Olympic athlete what sport would you compete in and why?
Speed walking... I hate running, unless I’m being chased.
What do you love about cooking for a living?
Eating!!! And making everyone who sits at my table happy through tasting and experiencing my story as a chef.
Thomas Stuart

Thomas Stuart

Thermea by Nordik-Spa Nature View Website

Representing Winnipeg

Q & A with Thomas Stuart
What do you love about cooking for a living?
Inspiring young cooks to be better, to learn, and to continuously grow. Making a living working with local and fresh ingredients to create delicious food puts a smile on my face every day.
If you were an Olympic athlete what sport would you compete in and why?
Snowboarder… until ultimate frisbee is entered in to the Olympics as a sport.
Please tell us three things you love about your restaurant.
  1. Serving hungry spa guests as they relax in their bath robes.
  2. The F&B family who has stuck together and works like a well oiled machine.
  3. Our dedication to serving quality food every day.
Jesse S. Friesen

Jesse S. Friesen

The Merchant Kitchen View Website

Representing Winnipeg

Q & A with Jesse S. Friesen
Please tell us three things you love about your restaurant.
  1. My team - they are kitchen soldiers and love what they do
  2. The food - we stand by everything that we make, and everything is from scratch
  3. The pace - we are a hot spot for Jets games & concerts, there is no time to slow down or slip up in the heat of the moment
What is your favourite thing about Canada’s Great Kitchen Party?
The challenge and the networking. I have met an overwhelming amount of people who I still stay in touch with because of GMP. Since I achieved my two medals, it has been career changing for me.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
I have a tattoo of Jafar from the Disney movie Aladdin on my bicep.
Wayne Martin

Wayne Martin

Capital Grill and Bar View Website

Representing Winnipeg

Q & A with Wayne Martin
Tell us about who or what inspired you to become a chef?
My parents inspired me to be a chef. I was always cooking with them when I was younger. My father would BBQ all year long and braise meats from short rib to ham hocks. My mother would cook Japanese food.
What do you love about cooking for a living?
Every day is different.
What’s your favourite thing to cook at home?
I do like to make "one pot wonders" and love to BBQ.

Ticket Packages & Prices

A Dish by Chef Blake Flann
A Dish by Chef Blake Flann
  • Individual Ticket: $350
  • Corporate Table: table of 10 Guests: $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

Ramona Thompson

Ramona Thomson

Tina Jones

Tina Jones

Partners

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

Event Schedule

Winnipeg Winning Chefs

5:15pm – Early Access for VIPs (stand up format)
This reception is for Deloitte, Gold Partners, Silver Partners, VIP Athlete Hosted Table buyers, athletes and celebrities in attendance.

Chef Showcase (new this year!) and Culinary competition</p

  • sample Chef Showcase and Competing Chefs culinary excellence
  • tasting of craft beers and perfectly paired Canadian wines at each competing Chef station
  • athletes and celebrities in attendance
  • two great raffles
6:00pm – All ticket holders (stand up format)
General Admittance for corporate table and individual ticket buyers

Chef Showcase (new this year!) and Culinary competition

  • sample Chef Showcase and Competing Chefs culinary excellence
  • tasting of craft beers and perfectly paired Canadian wines at each competing Chef station
  • athletes and celebrities in attendance
  • two great raffles

Chef Showcase featuring:

Tristan Foucault – Peasant Cookery
Cameron Huley – Winnipeg Squash & Racquet Club
Luc Jean – Mon Ami Louis

COMPETING CHEFS

Heiko Duehrsen – Assiniboine Park Conservancy
Jesse Friesen – The Merchant Kitchen
Jacqueline Hildebrand – Hy’s Steakhouse
Wayne Martin – Capital Grill and Bar
Tim Palmer – VG@Fairmont
Thomas Stuart – Thermea by Nordik Spa-Nature

7:40 PM – Celebration Gala (sit down format)
  • Enjoy Manitoba style snacks and more fine wine
  • Recognition of the evening’s 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
  • Barbara O’Hara, Senior Judge
  • Jeff Gill
  • Mike Green
  • Arvel Gray
  • Christine Hanlon
  • Cameron Huley

Contact

Kristi Cumming
The Cumming Event
154 Oak Street Winnipeg,
MB R3M 3R3
P: 204-229-1820
E: winnipeg@greatkitchenparty.com

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