10 thing to know for Cook-Off Day

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 2017!
  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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Competitor #8 – Northlands and Chef Parker Regimbald

We are thrilled to announce the entry of Chef Parker from Northlands.  Chef Parker is the mastermind behind Truck 1879, the food truck who’s mission is to support local producers and suppliers.  Chef Parker and his crew delighted the pallets of patrons at K-Days and What the Truck?! with his flavourful creations.  We welcome Chef Parker to the Competition and are excited to taste his creation on April 22, 2017.

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Competitor #7 Chef Lindsay Porter


Chef Lindsay Porter (El Cortez)

Chef Lindsay Porter is returning to compete in the Culinary Cook-Off!  In December 2016, she transitioned to head chef at Woodwork . Fresh from representing Canada in the World Food Championships (Steak) in Alabama and from placing first in her category at the Canadian Food Championships, can she clinch the 2017 Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards once again?

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 2016 competition and can’t wait to see what she cooks up this year!

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Competitor #6 – CRAFT Beer Market


Back to compete in 2017 is CRAFT Beer Market! A first time competitor in 2015, they wowed our crowd with their divine Mac & Cheese. Their enthusiasm and excitement for the community and our event was very welcome and their bustling location on Rice Howard Way is the place to be for the after-work crowd.

Weekends, they offer a delicious family friend brunch and its worth checking out! For more information, check out their restaurant bio and take a look at their Silent Auction donation on April 22 at the Cook Off!

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We need your help – Volunteer for the 2017 Culinary Cook-Off


The 6th Annual Culinary Cook-Off at Mount Royal is fast approaching, with just over a month until the big day on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. To date, there are eight 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 22nd. 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. Last year 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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Compeitor #5 Chef David Omar


Chef David Omar (Zinc)

ZINC and Chef David Omar are back for their fifth year of competition at the Cook Off! Bringing pasta desserts to life is what Chef Omar has been known for – will this year have his booth be the first to sell out again?

ZINC is located in the Art Gallery of Alberta and Chef Omar has brought a delicious cross section of food to life with his inspired menus. As a 2015 competitor on Chopped Canada, he demonstrated his culinary creativity knows no bounds. We’re excited to welcome Chef Omar back again and are looking forward to his 2016 Cook Off creation!

Check out ZINC’s restaurant bio for more information!

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Competitor #4 – Northern Chicken

northern chicken

Welcome Northern Chicken!

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. Accompanying their signature dish of crispy fried chicken, are some creative southern classics spun with a modern twist, including Dorito mac & cheese, bacon cream corn, and honey thyme cornbread, just to mention a few. Finally, the experience would not be complete without some featured craft beer, small batch soda pop, sparkling wine, and some great bourbon, all tied together with some soulful tunes and signature ice cream flavours. Come and enjoy some southern charm with a bit of northern hospitality!

Andrew Cowan (Northern Chicken)

Chef Matt Phillips (Northern Chicken)

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Competitor #3 Chef Shane Chartrand

Chef Shane Chartrand (Sage River Cree)

Sage Restaurant (River Cree Casino & Resort)


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 2012-2014 Culinary Cook-Offs, in 2015 he also competed on the TV show Chopped Canada. In 2016 Chef Chartrand returned to the Culinary Cook–Off and won the prestigious award of Most Creative dish. This award granted Chef Shane automatic entry into the Canadian Food Championships.

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

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Competitor #2 Chef Levi Biddlecome


The 2017 Mount Royal Culinary Cook Off welcomes first time competitor chef Levi Biddlecome. Chef Levi currently graces the kitchen of Packrat Louie as its new executive chef. Located just off of Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona, Packrat Louie brings together old world elegance and modern sophistication with an inviting dining room and menu to delight the senses. 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.

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