Second annual Celebrity Chef Showdown
The second annual Celebrity Chef Showdown featured head chefs from the Brakemen Foundation and the Calgary Petroleum Club facing off in a live cooking competition on Jan. 28. Similar to an episode of MasterChef, the chefs have 45 minutes to cook a three-course meal for judges Dan Clapson, Jennifer Hamilton, and Rob Cote. The lively and interactive audience enjoyed watching and talking with the chefs as they created their meals before the clock stopped. The showdown, held at the Calgary Petroleum Club, raised approximately $5,000 for the organization Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids.
Photos by Savaya Shinkaruk
Published on February 16, 2016
Brakemen Foundation chefs and last year’s winners of the Celebrity Chef competition, Tony Kay (left), and Satvinder Flore make their stand before cooking a five-star, three-course meal in just 45 minutes.
Petroleum Club Chefs Andre Zimmerman (left) and Brendan Sommer go through their secret ingredients bag to find some interesting choices, like a parsnip, that they will have to incorporate into their dishes.
Brakemen chefs Tony Kay and Satvinder Flore dig into the secret ingredients bag and find Cheese Whiz. Kay is clearly not happy with this secret ingredient they must now use in one of his team’s three dishes.
Kay squeezes a fresh lime for its juice, careful not to let any seeds drop into the sauce he is preparing for one of the three dishes his team will be serving up to the judges.
Sous-chef Brendan Sommer, from the Calgary Petroleum Club, tackles the final additions to his team’s first dish before the time stops and judging starts.