Sep 15, 2013

As Samsung’s new Flex Duo Oven heats up, so will the competition during Samsung’s Passion for Fresh Cooking Challenge happening this Saturday, Sept., 21 from 2-5PM at the Calgary Home + Design Show. To kick off the show, Samsung would also like to give away two tickets to the exclusive, invite-only Pop-up Dinner Party on Thursday Sept. 19 from 7-9PM at BMO Centre. See details on how to enter below.

In the Passion for Fresh Cooking Challenge, three of Calgary’s best home chefs will be paired with one of three former Food Network Top Chef Canada contestants, Chris Shaften, Geoff Rogers or Xavier Lacaze. Under the watchful eye of host and celebrity chef Corbin Tomaszeki, host of Food Network’s Dinner Party Wars, the teams will duke it out on the Trail Appliances Main Stage from 2-5PM for a chance to win $7,000 worth of Samsung Home Appliances.

Tasked with cooking two tasty dishes in just one hour, the competitors must use fresh ingredients and prepare their offerings in Samsung’s latest innovative appliance, the Slide-in FlexDuo™. As if this competition won’t be spicy enough, Samsung is fueling the fire by throwing in a mystery ingredient that must be featured in each plate.

Chris, a Calgary native, is the chef and owner of Taste First, where he works as a private chef and offers culinary consulting. His innovative approach to time-honoured recipes has earned him a top-tier spot within Calgary’s restaurant scene. Chris’ culinary style is built on classic Fresh cooking techniques combined with a passion for turn-of-the-century Canadian recipes.

A Calgary transplant currently living in Vancouver and working at Fable Restaurant, Geoff started at the bottom and worked his way up in the culinary world through sheer ambition and raw talent. A firm believer that chefs should support their local farmers and food producers, his cooking style features whole animal butchery, curing, cheese making and preserving.

Born and raised in France, Xavier was practically raised on duck, foie gras and truffles. By the tender age of 15, Xavier knew he wanted to pursue a career in the culinary arts. His passion for all things food has led him to work in kitchens all over the world, including culinary hot spots in Bermuda, Los Angeles and England. His Calgarian wife brought him to Alberta and today you can find him whipping up delicacies at Briggs Kitchen and Bar.

Don’t miss the Samsung Passion for Fresh Cooking Challenge! Purchase your tickets online today for the Calgary Home + Design Show, happening this weekend, and save $3 off regular adult admission.