The mystery will be solved Monday , July 7th at 5:30PM on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage when Constables Sean Lynn and Karen MacLeod, representing the Calgary Police Service, compete against J.P. Galli and Barry MacDonald representing the Calgary Fire Department.

Each team is presented with a black box of ingredients and they have about 45 minutes to prepare a meal for our panel of judges.

There is lots of fun on stage as Angela Knight of the CBC Eyeopener hosts the cook-off and tries to keep order as the sparks fly.

Mayor Nenshi has dropped by the stage the last two years and we are hoping for a repeat appearance. KT Nenshi

We can give you a hint of what is in the Black Box:

  • 5 Spices,
  • 4 Vegetables
  • 3 sauces
  • 2 starches
  • 1 mystery item which they must use.

For a full list of presenters on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage please visit the Western Showcase website and come by and have some fun. You can find us in the Western Oasis, BMO Centre Halls D & E.

Constable Sean Lynn is one of our regular contestants and he loves the cook-off.  The Fire Department won in 2013 and he is looking for redemption for the Calgary Police Service this year.


Calgary Stampede (CS): Briefly tell us about yourself and what your typical day looks like.

Sean Lynn: I work with Youth at Risk of falling into gangs. So I meet the youth where they are at and see what their needs and wants are. I also do a lot of volunteering in the community with BBQ outreach and other activities. I am a father of 8 with the 8th grandchild on the way.

CS: How did you get interested in cooking?

Sean Lynn: I have been interested in cooking for a long time. Entering my first cooking competition at the library in grade 4 which I received an honorable mention for my lasagne.

CS: What do you love about your job?

Sean Lynn: Making a difference with the young people I work with!

CS: Do you have a favourite memory of the Calgary Stampede?

Sean Lynn: The Kitchen Theatre has been a blast every year and it is always better when we beat those fire guys!

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CS: Do you have a recipe you would share with our readers?

Sean Lynn: Add love to everything you cook!