Winners of the 2018 Culinary Arts Cook Off event

With the help of our restaurants, sponsors, volunteers and attendees, we raised a whopping  $14 500.00 – and our children, the school staff and administration are elated. These funds will help to provide so many wonderful experiences and activities for our children! We are appreciative to all for your continued support for Mount Royal School.

Winner of the 2018 Peoples Choice award goes to chef Vikram Redgaonkar from Highlands Golf Club.

Winner of the 2018 Kids Choice, Judges Choice and Most Creative awards goes to chef Eric Hanson from Prairie Noodle Shop.

Once again a huge thank you goes out to all who participated to make this event a huge success this year!

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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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Culinary Cook Off 2018 – 6 fabulous chefs

Award winning Chef Lindsay Porter is returning to compete in the Culinary Cook-Off!  She’s not new to our competition, having competed in our Cook Off in previous years and each time she brings her unique culinary style to the table. We’re very excited to welcome her back for the 2018 competition and can’t wait to see what she cooks up this year! Check out her new English inspired eatery London Local.

 

The Culinary Cook-Off extends a big welcome-back to two fabulous chefs, Chef Andrew Cowan and Chef Matt Phillips. In 2016, after years of refining their talents in some of Edmonton’s most notable culinary venues, these two dynamic self-taught chefs have combined their unique talents to open the “Feel Good Food” restaurant Northern Chicken, located at 10704 – 124 St. Pop in and enjoy some southern charm with a bit of northern hospitality!

 

The 2018 Mount Royal Culinary Cook Off welcomes returning competitor chef Levi Biddlecome. Chef Levi currently graces the kitchen of Why Not Cafe & Bar and is also the co-ower of the south side establishment.  Chef Levi is the former owner of the well-known Edmonton food truck Attila the HUNgry. He also appeared in the 2016 Keep On Truckin season finale of Chopped Canada. We feel fortunate to have another extremely talented chef join our competition and can’t wait to taste Chef Levi’s noodle creation.

 

We are very pleased to welcome back Chef Shane Chartrand from Sage Restaurant, located in the River Cree Casino & Resort. Sage Restaurant brings fine dining to life in a sophisticated, adults-only, environment. Their menu features indigenous culinary traditions and inspired grill & seafood creations all paired with an exclusive world-class wine list. This winning combination opens the door to one of Edmonton’s finest culinary experience.

Chef Chartrand isn’t new to competition. In addition to competing in our 2012-2017 Culinary Cook-Offs, in 2015 he also competed on the TV show Chopped Canada. 

We can’t wait to experience another Chef Shane Chartrand masterpiece. What could he possibly do to top last year’s amazing creation?

 

We are thrilled to announce that Prairie Noodle Shop, winner of the 2016 “Kids Choice” award will be returning for the 2018 Culinary Cook Off! We thank chef Eric Hanson for his commitment to supporting students and Arts Core programming at Mount Royal School.

Prairie Noodle Shop is located along Edmonton’s vibrant 124th Street; the trendy location paired with the delectable prairie inspired ramen has brought them much success! Make sure to try their noodle creation at the Culinary Cook Off. Even better, stop into the restaurant and enjoy a bowl of ramen next time your craving locally sourced goodness.

 

A big welcome goes out to our newest competitor chef Executive Chef Vikram Redgaonkar from Highlands Golf Club. Vikram’s cooking philosophy is to keep things simple and to use local ingredients. Working with many local farmers and suppliers, he sources local produce and meat while utilizing a farm to table approach.

The atmosphere at the Highlands clubhouse is genuine, welcoming and open to both members and non-members. They will  find just about any excuse to throw a party and have a good time. It is the perfect scenic backdrop for any special event and an idyllic setting to enjoy frosty post-round pints, no matter the occasion, the clubhouse is the best place to meet old friends and make new ones.

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Meet our volunteer 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  former 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 new 2018 judges!

Each year, the Culinary Cook Off taps into Edmonton’s wonderful food community to find volunteer judges. The event is 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 and founder of the Culinary Arts Cook Off, Karlynn Johnston! Karlynn is a professional Blogger and author or the cook book Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky.  Visit her Blog The Kitchen Magpie to learn more about Karlynn!

We are also excited to announce that Phil Wilson professional food Blogger and award winning food writer and twitter personality will be our second new judge.  You can learn more about Phil Wilson on his Blog Baconhound.

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Welcome back to our returning judges!

 

 

 

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).

 

 

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!

 

Alan 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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We need your help – Volunteer for the 2018 Culinary Cook-Off

Hello,

The 7th Annual Culinary Cook-Off at Mount Royal is fast approaching, with just over a month until the big day on Saturday, April 14th, 2018. To date, there are six restaurants competing, which is a full house and huge part of the recipe for another successful event.

Our event information is updated regularly on our website, facebook page, and twitter feed. One way to help out with the event is to follow us on our social media feeds and share our content frequently. This is our main avenue for exposure, so please share, share, share!

Another great way to get involved with the fundraiser, is by signing-up on our online volunteer sign-up for a shift to help on event day, April 14nd. The shifts are mostly short and sweet and the event is a great time, especially when your volunteering at it.

Our Silent and Live Auctions are a huge part to the success of this event. In the past years we raised over $18,000.00 and we are hoping to keep our momentum going and get as many wonderful items this year for the silent and live auctions. Some ways to contribute to the silent auction:

Some ways to contribute to the silent auction:

-A personal donation, or a donation from friends or family members who may be willing to sponsor an attractive item (i.e. tickets to a concert, the ballet, symphony; electronics; gift cards)
-A personal donation, or a donation from friends or family members who are artisans and may be willing donate their art
-A personal donation, or a donation from friends or family members who run their own home-based business
-Making a themed basket (i.e. emergency kit for the car, beach party, bbq, pet toys, candy, restock your liquor cabinet, beauty products)
Thinking out of the box:
-Do you know any local farmers who would be willing to donate farm fresh goods i.e. a side of beef, seasonal produce boxes
-Do you know a masseuse, a chiropractor, or a hairstylist who would be willing to donate a service
-Do you know a contact at a car dealership or auto detailing shop who would donate a service (i.e. an oil change, car detailing package)
You may still want to do some canvassing and I’ve attached our event donation letter for your convenience, but often times we have to look no further than our own personal circles to get some really sweet goods! Donations can be signed in at the office at the school.

Many thanks-yous in advance for all of your support!

Mount Royal PAC

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Highlands Golf Club

We are excited to announce that Highlands Golf Club has entered the 2018 Culinary Cook Off.  We thank you for supporting Mount Royal School, located in the Highlands community!

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Meet our 2018, Emcee Mark Connolly

 

Mark Connolly is the host of Edmonton AM, CBC radio’s morning show. Mark is from Edmonton and spent 22 years as a sportscaster with CBC. He’s covered nine Olympic games including the recent winter games in PyeongChang as well as the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Mark started working in radio in Fort McMurray where he did play-by-play for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.

Mark has a deep love of Edmonton and for the many great local restaurants and chefs in our city.

He and his wife Alyson have two boys, Patrick and Jack.

We are thrilled to have Mark Connolly as our 2018 emcee and thank him for supporting Mount Royal School and our annual Culinary Cook-Off.

 

 

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