Jean-Pierre Galli wears two hats – a firefighters helmet and a chef’s hat. A Calgary firefighter who is also a classically trained chef, J.P. is competing in the 7th annual Police and Firefighter cook-off Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 7PM on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage BMO Marketplace, Hall A.
JP and fellow firefighter Todd Nabozniak will meet Constables Karen MacLeod and Dean Moody to determine which team takes home the coveted Police and Firefighter Cook-off cup.
Angela Knight of the CBC Eyeopener is the MC, Jon Cornish, former Calgary Stampeder is joining the panel of celebrity judges and Mayor Nenshi will be dropping by to show his support for the competitors.
Calgary Stampede: What came first – firefighting or cooking?
J.P. Galli: I grew up in South Africa and left for Switzerland when I was 18 to do a three year culinary apprenticeship. When I came to Canada I worked at Emerald Lake Lodge as a chef and became involved with the Field, BC volunteer fire fighters. I moved to the Alberta Wildland Firefighting Rappel Crew and then the Calgary Fire Department. Firefighting is my profession but I still love to cook.
CS: You’ve been the cook-off champ many times, every fire station must want you on their crew
JP: When I was a rookie I was assigned to headquarters and the Chief at the time enjoyed my cooking so much I wasn’t allowed to leave for several years. I’m now at a Calgary fire station.
CS: What is your favourite Stampede memory?
JP: Beating the cops! The guys at the fire station wouldn’t let me forget if I lost to the police.
For a full list of presenters on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage please visit the Western Showcase website.