10 Things to Know for Cook-Off Day

  1. We sell out FAST. We open the doors at 11am and are routinely sold out a full hour (or more) before the event ends at 2pm.
  2. We accept cash & debit/credit. Two lines will be formed one of which is CASH ONLY (watch for signage)
  3. Our event is public. Pictures will be taken by our volunteers and posted to our social media & websites.
  4. Although we are peanut aware, the foods may contain other allergens (including other nuts). Please check with the Chefs prior to consumption.
  5. We have a concession on site for beverages.
  6. Our live auction will be run by a professional auctioneer in 2018!
  7. Our silent auction closes 15 minutes after the live auction ends. Please listen for updates during the event.
  8. There is no admission fee. We are collecting non-perishables for the Food Bank.
  9. All our chefs, judges, parent committee members, event day helpers and school staff are volunteering their time.
  10. Short of a few small event expenditures (bowls, printing fees, bank machine rentals), 100% of all event day proceeds go directly back to the school to support our kids.
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Welcome Chefs

We are thrilled to welcome returning chefs Porter, Chartrand, Biddlecombe, Phillips, Cowan and Hanson to the 2018, 7th annual Culinary Cook Off.  These talanted chefs have stepped up to support our event multiple times and we truly appreciate their dedication to the community and to Mount Royal School.  We have had the pleasure of following their career paths which have included winning culinary awards, starting new restaurant ventures and supporting the Edmonton community at many local events.

Welcome

Chef Lindsay Porter from London Local

Shane Chartrand from Sage River Cree

Levi Biddlecombe from Why Not Cafe & Bar

Matt Phillips & Andrew Cowan from Northern Chicken

Eric Hanson from Prairie Noodle Shop

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10 Thing to Know for Cook-Off Day

  1. We sell out FAST. We open the doors at 11am and are routinely sold out a full hour (or more) before the event ends at 2pm.
  2. We accept cash & debit/credit. Two lines will be formed one of which is CASH ONLY (watch for signage)
  3. Our event is public. Pictures will be taken by our volunteers and posted to our social media & websites.
  4. Although we are peanut aware, the foods may contain other allergens (including other nuts). Please check with the Chefs prior to consumption.
  5. We have a concession on site for beverages.
  6. Our live auction will be run by a professional auctioneer in 2018!
  7. Our silent auction closes 15 minutes after the live auction ends. Please listen for updates during the event.
  8. There is no admission fee. We are collecting non-perishables for the Food Bank.
  9. All our chefs, judges, parent committee members, event day helpers and school staff are volunteering their time.
  10. Short of a few small event expenditures (bowls, printing fees, bank machine rentals), 100% of all event day proceeds go directly back to the school to support our kids.
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Meet Larry Romaniuk our Amazing 2017 Auctioneer

 

 

 

The Mount Royal Culinary cook off committee is thrilled to welcome Larry Romaniuk back to the stage for this year’s event. Romaniuk is a third generation auctioneer who shared his talents with the Mount Royal community last year, impressing the crowd with his ability to rattle off tongue twisters and his skill in getting the highest price for the items up for grabs in the live auction.

Romaniuk is a professional auctioneer who used to own an auction company. He’s currently working as a correctional officer but plans to get back into the auction business later this year.

Romaniuk spoke to our emcee, Trisha Estabrooks about his love of “going once, going twice, going three times…. SOLD.”

How long have you been an auctioneer?

Since 1997, I graduated from auction school in Regina. It’s an auctioneering training centre and it is a two week program that’s all practical. They teach you cadences and tongue twisters and then we practice that.

 

What inspired you to become an auctioneer?

My grandfather was an auctioneer for a number of years, he did farm auctions and estate auctions and my two uncles and my father were also auctioneers so it ran in my family. It was in our blood and I enjoyed the feel of auctioneering because it encompasses so many things from selling antiques to selling farms and automobiles and I’m an antique collector. So two reasons, first of all, because my family was in it and I also have a passion for collecting.

 

Tell me about how you practice, how do you prepare for an auction?

I practice every day. Throughout the course of the day when I have a free moment, if I’m having lunch or if I’m by myself somewhere I do a cadence for a few minutes or I’ll do a tongue twister. That’s how I keep my voice in tune.

 

Can you give me an example of a tongue twister you use?

Betty bought a bit of butter, that’s a tongue twister that I use almost every day, it’s an elaborate tongue twister. What it does is that it challenges your mind and your vocal chords to be in sequence because your mind has to sort it out and at the same time your vocal chords have to be able to blend everything in a rhythmic pattern. When I’m with my wife, sometimes I’ll pretend to sell an item.

 

What do you love about it?

I love the challenge of selling an item. I love interacting with the crowd. I like the uniqueness of the sale.

 

The Mount Royal auction, likely smaller than other auctions you’ve done, but really important to our elementary school. What do you like about our live auction?

The items that I sold, they were very unique and the fact they were created by students that’s what I really enjoyed. Also, to be able to sell an item that’s for a good cause.

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet Our 2017 Emcee, Trisha Estabrooks!

Meet our Emcee, Trisha Estabrooks!

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We are thrilled to announce that our emcee for the sixth annual Cook Off will once again be our very own Ms. Trisha Estabrooks! Trisha is a proud Mount Royal parent and local resident. This will be Trisha’s third year emceeing the Culinary Cook Off and we are incredibly grateful for her willingness to share her talent and for her continued support for our fundraising event.
Trisha has been a journalist since 2001, spending 15 years with the CBC in three provinces and two territories. She is a writer, editor, broadcaster and freelance journalist who can still be heard on the airwaves of CBC Edmonton. Trisha also co-hosts The Broadcast, a podcast about women and politics. Click here to subscribe and listen on iTunes The Broadcast. Trisha is excited to welcome new and returning restaurants and judges to the event, which will be hosted again at Mount Royal School. You can follow her on Twitter (@TrishEstabrooks) and online (www.trishaestabrooks.com).

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5th Annual Culinary Cook Off – Event Wrap Up

Seventy two hours since the Cook Off and the final numbers are in…

With the help of our restaurants, sponsors, volunteers and attendees, we raised a record breaking $18 500.00 – and our children, the school staff and administration are elated. It will help to provide so many wonderful experiences and activities for our children!

Our beautiful trophies were hand crafted by one of Mount Royal’s incredibly talented teachers (and her husband).

The noodles were tasted and tasted again – the buzz in the gym was electric! The live auction saw a couple of bidding wars – and a record was set for ‘highest priced’ item to ever sell – $875 for a mosaic horse created by our grade 4 students! In our silent auction, one student was seen guarding a coveted Lego set and others were one-upping the bids in the last minute!

Finally, it was time to reveal the winners!

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Winning the Most Creative and automatic entry to the Canadian Food Championships, Chef Shane Chartrand of Sage River Cree!

 

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Snagging Judge’s Choice for her 3rd year and People’s Choice, Chef Lindsay Porter of El Cortez!

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Our Kid’s Choice went to Chef Eric Hanson (centre) from Prairie Noodle Shop!

Thank you to everyone who participated and attended for making 2016 our best event yet!

For a gallery of our participants and drool-worthy pictures of all the dishes served up, please take a look at our Chef’s Gallery and our Food Gallery!

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Top 10 Things to Know!

Ten things you need to know for Cook Off Day!

  1. We sell out FAST. We open the doors at 11am and are routinely sold out a full hour (or more) before the event ends at 2pm.
  2. We accept cash & debit/credit. Two lines will be formed one of which is CASH ONLY (watch for signage)
  3. Our event is public. Pictures will be taken by our volunteers and posted to our social media & websites.
  4. Although we are peanut aware, the foods may contain  other allergens (including other nuts). Please check with the Chefs prior to consumption.
  5. We have a concession on site for beverages.
  6. Our live auction will be run by a professional auctioneer in 2016!
  7. Our silent auction closes 15 minutes after the live auction ends. Please listen for updates during the event.
  8. There is no admission fee. We are collecting non-perishables for the Food Bank.
  9. All our chefs, judges, parent committee members, event day helpers and school staff are volunteering their time.
  10. Short of a few small event expenditures (bowls, printing fees, bank machine rentals), 100% of all event day proceeds go directly back to the school to support our kids.
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Welcome our 2016 Returning Judges!

Back for her third year, please welcome Miss Jennie Marshall!

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Purveyor of food, know-er of hot spots, Jennie Marshall brings a vibrant, finger-on-the-pulse of Edmonton to our panel.

Jennie Marshall is the Community Manager for Yelp Edmonton. Born and raised in the City of Champions, this U of A alumni loves exploring the amazing food, fashion and art  scene that is abundant in YEG! An avid football fan, sporting events are always a priority. From wine bars to window shopping she is always out and about in River City looking to try something new!

You can find Jennie on Twitter & Instagram to see what our fearless Yelp Edmonton leader is up to!

 

 

 

Returning for her second year (because the first was so much fun, we’re sure), is Tina Faiz!

 

TinaFaiz_1600px-1024x721Tina Faiz loves to ask questions, and she loves to eat. It’s no wonder this gastronome’s insatiable curiosity (and appetite) help her reveal secret restaurant recipes in a monthly column for CBC Radio. She’s written about food, art, design, politics and the environment for Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald, MontrealGazette.com, National Post, Avenue, Western Living and CBC.ca. She judges Avenue magazine’s annual Best Restaurants issue. She is also co-owner and strategist at Big Pixel Creative, helping clients use digital communications for social good.

 

 

Please welcome our final returning judge, Mr. Stanley Townsend! Mr. Townsend is our longest serving judge, having been involved since the Cook Off’s inception in 2012!

 

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Seasoned Chef, Stanley Townsend, is no stranger to Culinary Competitions. As the now retired Chair of NAIT’S renowned Culinary Arts Program, he has coordinated numerous Culinary Competitions including the prestigious Toque DeMagny Culinary Scholarship and the CCFCC High School Culinary Challenge. His earliest involvement with culinary competition was in 1993 when he helped coordinate the first Provincial Skills Canada Competition. In 1994, he coached Culinary Team NAIT to their first gold medal at the Alberta Culinary Arts Salon. Since then, he has traveled across Canada coordinating Provincial and National Skills Competitions. He now serves as the President of the Edmonton Chef’s (CCFCC Edmonton).

 

 

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Meet our New 2016 Judges!

Each year, the Culinary Cook Off taps into Edmonton’s wonderful food community to find volunteer judges. The event known well enough that we don’t usually have to look far and each year, we have judges who want to return so we’ve only got a couple of spots to fill.

This year, it’s our great pleasure to welcome first time judge, Linda Hoang!

 

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Linda Hoang is a social media specialist and Edmonton-based food blogger, tweeter, Instagrammer and lover of all things food! Linda is constantly eating and this year’s Culinary Cook Off is right in her wheelhouse – noodles are one of her favourite things to eat. She hopes her food posts make Edmontonians want to try new food, places, and have more food adventures!

 

 

New to our Cook Off, but not new to food, is Alan Kellogg!

 

Alan_KelloggAlan Kellogg has been eating for much of his life and writing and talking about it. An avid amateur chef with a particular interest in Mexican regional cuisine, he helped open and operate one of Edmonton’s first specialty food shops back in the day when you had to explain what a baguette was.

For many years now, he has reviewed restaurants (among other things) for the Edmonton Journal and penned articles for various publications across the continent, along with other media endeavours. Regardless of the economic downturn, he doesn’t plan on stopping eating anytime soon.

 

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Be Allergy Aware at the Cook Off

Cook Off ButtonIn seven days,  nine of Edmonton’s best restaurants will enter the doors of Mount Royal Elementary to begin setting up their stations in the gymnasium. For the day, Mount Royal will be like one giant, tasty restaurant.

It is a public event, not hosted by the school and we want to remind everyone attending that this (event) will not be “allergy free” – all the food being served has been prepared in commercial kitchens – which means it may have come into contact with foods that cause allergies or they may contain allergenic foods.food-allery

Please remember to ask the chefs the ingredients in their dishes (if you have food allergies). Thank you everyone for being mindful of you or your child’s allergies and remember to be responsible about asking before you eat! The chefs are more than happy to help everyone out with ingredient answers.

 

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