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.

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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?

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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.