We told you a couple of weeks ago that FBC was once again going to be a part of KitchenAid’s Cook for the Cure Culinary Showdown in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. We are looking forward to being involved in such a fun event for such an important cause. This year, Melissa and Ethan will be there sharing the behind-the-scenes action with the celebrity chefs and judges. We had a few minutes with the 2014 reigning champ Chef Mark McEwan and asked him a few questions leading up to this weekend in Toronto. FBC - What did you learn from last years event that you can use this year to your advantage?
MM - You have to keep things simple and think in terms of your team and their capabilities...formulate the groups to take advantage of their strengths
FBC - The trash-talking is all in good fun but gets pretty intense. Have you been practicing how to throw your fellow chefs off their game?
FBC - What is the one KitchenAid product that you can’t live without in your kitchen?
MM - I love the KitchenAid stand mixer, it can be used in so many applications, makes great pasta!
FBC - We know you expect to win again this year, so WHEN YOU WIN, should the fundraisers on your team be expecting from you a high-five, fist-bump?
MM - Last year...WHEN I WON, there was an eclectic mix of both, mixed in with some hoots and hollers and a lot of jumping around.
FBC - The live auction has some incredible culinary experiences from each of the chefs, can you provide a sneak peek as to what type of once-in-a-lifetime food experience you’ll be offering up during the live auction?
MM - It might involve 8 people and it maybe will involve One Restaurant.
FBC - Any advice (or trash-talk) for Chef Lee being the newbie on the stage?
MM - Don't worry too much about your hair...keep it in a man bun otherwise it will end up all over the place!
FBC - Ha and with that, let the fun begin. Thank you Chef and see you soon!
And don't forget, even if you aren't able to fundraise, you can still support the cause by tagging your food photos with the hashtag #KitchenAid4Cure until November 29th, 2014. KitchenAid will donate $1 for every photo on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. So keep eating and keep on tagging!
Check here for more information about the Cook For the Cure Culinary Showdown. Images are from last year's Cook For The Cure Culinary Showdown.