Eric Larcom, Executive Chef at Marriott Downtown Calgary was the winner of the 2013 Dueling Chef Competition held on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage. Competing against three other local chefs and provided with a secret basket of ingredients Eric cooked his way to the title of Kitchen Theatre Top Dueling Chef.
Eric had so much fun last year that he is returning to the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage (July 10th at 6:30 p.m. & July 11 at 2:30 p.m.) in the Western Oasis, BMO Centre Halls D & E
For a full list of presenters on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage please visit the Western Showcase website
Calgary Stampede (CS): Briefly tell us about yourself and what your typical day looks like.
Eric Larcom: I oversee the daily culinary operations of both properties. My day could consist of functions of up to 7000 guests collectively plus the hotel outlet operations.
CS: When did you know you wanted to be involved in the food industry?
Larcom: As a young adult constantly throwing parties and doing all of the cooking is when I realized I possibly had a future in this.
CS: What do you love about your job?
Larcom: Seeing the looks on people’s faces when we have huge elaborate functions or when the just had something so good and never experienced anything like it before.
CS: Do you have a favourite memory of the Calgary Stampede or Kitchen Theatre?
Larcom: Winning !!!!
CS: Do you have a recipe you would share with our readers?
Sweet and Hot Tomato Jam
¼c ginger- grated
¼c Apple Cider vinegar
½ qts cherry tomatoes
½ c brown sugar
½ c white sugar
1 lemon- sliced ½
¼ c water
¼ Tbsp cinnamon
¼ Tbsp cumin
¼ tsp clove
¼ tsp cayenne
salt/pepper- to taste
Combine all ingredients in a pot. Bring up to a simmer and turn down and cook for about 1 hour. Adjust seasoning if needed.