Thursday, April 12, 2012


Framed pictures for the silent auction

What the chefs are keen on winning. The trophy: a giant whisk and flat spatula

The team from Moet, serving Hennessy Cognac, champagne and cocktails throughout the evening

Van Houtte coffee one of the sponsors for the evening. The brand also provided the secret ingredient: espresso dolce crema

Interactive art inside the AGC

The panel of judges for the evening: (left to right) John Gilchrist, Marc-André Royal, Don House, Michael Allemeier

The menu from Sky 360

The team from Sky 360

The chefs plating their second course

The appetizer: Espresso and cocoa rubbed duck magret with tortellini

The menu from Rush

The team from Rush

The team plating dessert: "rocky road"

Executive Chef at Rush, Dave Bohati shows off his cotton candy sugar mix using the secret ingredient, espresso

The menu from Hotel Arts: Raw Bar

The team from Raw Bar, including Chef Ausuma Mansy

The team chatting with some of the judges before the competition

The team huddles to discuss plating

Bacon wrapped Carmen Creek Bison boudin

The menu from Home Tasting Room

The team from Home Tasting Room (and Executive Chef Geoff Rogers with his ' eccentric spoon' in mouth)

Chef Rogers plating 'dirt' for his salad course

The menu from Charcut

The team (including Chef Dan Norcuot, in the middle) of Charcut

Plating the dishes

The team from Catch (including Chef Kyle Groves pictured in centre)

The chefs plating the appetizer

Cipollini onion veloute with cappucino foam

A closer look at the first course

Chef Groves plating the salad course

The salad included roasted red pepper with a goats cheese quenelle, pickled zucchini, eggplant puree, and truffle powder

A closer look at the beautiful second course

Plating the main course which used the second secret ingredient Carmen Creek Bison

Carmen creek Bison with cipollini onions, braised shortrib, tortellini

Dessert: buttermilk panna cotta

Judge Don House announces the eagerly anticipated winner of AGC Cooks 2012

Beating out the runner up by a mere 2 points was Chef Geoff Rogers of Home Tasting Room

THE EVENT: The annual fundraiser where the Art Gallery of Calgary (AGC) transforms into a kitchen stadium where six top chefs compete in a friendly culinary competition to benefit the Art Gallery of Calgary’s renowned Public and Education (Kindergarten to Grade 12) Programming.


Chef Kyle Groves, Catch
Chef Dan Norcott, Charcut
Chef Ausuma Mansy, Raw Bar
Chef J.P. Gerritsen, Sky 360
Chef Dave Bohati, Rush
Chef Geoff Rogers, Home Tasting Room

THE CHALLENGE: Chefs must create a superior four-course meal featuring a secret ingredient. Each course is paired with wine.

THE SECRET INGREDIENTS: Van Houtte espresso dolce crema, Carmen Creek Bison

THE JUDGES: John Gilchrist, Marc-André Royal, Don House, Michael Allemeier

AGCcooks People’s Choice Award: Chef Geoff Rogers at Home Tasting Room
AGCcooks Food Critic Award: Chef Geoff Rogers Home Tasting Room, Runner Up: Rush
AGCcooks Sommelier Award: Rush

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