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Shokunin Wows the Crowd for Great Kitchen Party Calgary Gold

Shokunin took home the gold award at the 13th edition of Great Kitchen Party Calgary. The head-to-head competition and win against ten of Calgary’s finest culinary masters at the prestigious culinary competition sees the team go on to compete at the Canadian Culinary Championships, Canada’s Great Kitchen Party Finale, in Ottawa in February 2020.


“The Shokunin team and our Chef Jenny Kang work hard, bring creativity and know how to focus on the details that make the difference around the tables at Shokunin and on tough competitive platforms like this one,” says Shokunin chef and owner Darren MacLean. “Proud times! Look out Ottawa, the national title is in our sights. We are proud to support this serious but friendly competition for an important initiative that combines food, sport and music.”

James Chatto, National Culinary Advisor and Head Judge for Canada’s Great Kitchen Party said: “It was a really interesting and wonderful evening. This time, we didn’t have an obvious frontrunner, we had a lot of chefs cooking a lot of intriguing food. I noticed a lot of Asian influences with beautiful plating. We felt that the chefs who did the best tonight were the chefs who were cooking their own food; this was the food they understood and was completely original to them.”

“My team helped me so much to make this seafood dish have so much texture and flavour. We call it a “seafood garden,” where all the different seafood flavours really make up the dish as a whole.”
Congratulations to Chef Kenny Kaechele from WORKSHOP kitchen+culture for taking the silver and Chef Darnell Japp from Rouge for bronze.
Judging the 2019 competition were: James Chatto (national Culinary Advisor), John Gilchrist (Senior Judge), Michael Allemeier, Jamie Herbison and Chef Dave Bohati (2018 Gold Medalist and bronze medalist at the 2019 Canadian Culinary Championships).

Each dish was judged out of 100 points, based on visual presentation (20%), texture (10%), technical achievement (10%), taste (40%), wine compatibility (10%), and wow factor (10%).
Chris Lee, co-chair of the event was thrilled with the evening, especially the overwhelming attendance of this year’s event. “Given the economic challenges in this city and what we’re going through, this year’s attendance demonstrates to me the spirit of giving that we have in this city.

I’m so proud to live here and I’m so proud to be a part of this committee. It’s been an honour for me to be a co-chair. This is what this night is about: getting behind inspiring musicians, athletes, and chefs.”
Karen Blair, co-founder of Canada’s Great Kitchen Party, also emphasized how pleased she was with the event, “Calgary is always a highlight event for us because of the quality of the business people who attend. There was a great buzz in the room and so much generosity for the youth in this city and beyond!”

Several Canadian athletes took part once again, including Four-Time Olympian, Olympic Silver and Bronze Medalist in Luge, Alex Gough; Gold, Double Silver and Triple Bronze Paralympic Medalist in Para Nordic Skiing, Mark Arendz; Four-Time Olympian, Double Gold and Bronze Medalist in Speed Skating, Catriona Le May Doan; Olympic Gold Medalist in Wrestling, Erica Wiebe who is training to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Summer Games; Invictus Games athlete in Indoor Rowing, Lorne Ford and more! The athletes finished the show on stage with singing their hearts out to
thunderous applause from all attendees.


Canada’s Great Kitchen Party is a social enterprise dedicated to “Building a Better Canada” through the elevation and celebration of Canadian excellence through food, sport and music. Staged in twelve cities across the country, each event is a regional culinary competition of which the winning chefs move on to compete against each other at the Canadian Culinary Championships in Ottawa on January 31 and February 1, 2020. Chefs, athletes, musicians and business leaders all come together for a spectacular experience and to provide young Canadians the opportunity to be extraordinary through sport, music and food. We proudly contribute to the following three beneficiaries: B2ten, MusiCounts, and Community Food Centres of Canada. For more information and finale ticket details, visit