There is an exciting event going on in Alberta right now. Cook It Raw is an event taking place from October 4 to 11 and brings 14 local chefs together with 7 international chefs for a week of culinary exploration. The 21 chefs are divided into 7 teams and assigned one significant Alberta ingredient: root vegetables, bison, honey, red fife wheat, saskatoon berries, canola and beef.
The local chefs include Andrew Winfield, Blair Lebsack, Brayden Kozak, Cam Dobranski, Connie DeSousa, Darren MacLean, Duncan Ly, Eden Hrabec, John Michael MacNeil, Justin Leboe, Liana Robberecht, Paul Rogalski, Scott Pohorelic and Shane Chartrand. The international chefs include Albert Adria (Spain), Amanda Cohen (USA), Brandon Baltzley (USA), Elizabeth Falkner (USA), Jamie Kennedy (CAN), JP McMahon (Ireland)Magnus Ek (Sweden), Preeti Mistri (USA) and Syrco Bakker (Netherlands).
The chefs are currently in Canmore drawing inspiration from First Nations traditions with a full immersion into the landscape, customs and culinary culture of the region. From their discoveries, the will collaborate and create dishes for Feast on the Frontier. Check out the website for tickets.
I was lucky to be invited to the launch party that was held on Sunday, October 4th at Model Milk. We got to meet the talented chefs and sample some delicious food. Here’s a peak at the event.