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Calgary Health Trust 
11012 Macleod Trail #800
Calgary, AB T2J 6A5

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Sharon McCormick 
Event Organizer, Poppy Innovations Ltd 

Kids Cooking for Kids Entry Form

Nothing says, “get well soon” like a home cooked meal of chicken soup! That’s why we’re looking for kids to submit their best recipe and at the same time raise funds for an Emergency Pediatric Pod at South Health Campus. If you are between the ages of 9 – 14 and think you make the best chicken soup and are interested in a soup cook-off to help raise money for kids in need, we want to hear from you!


Pediatric emergency services are in high demand at SHC. South Health Campus Emergency Department sees 15 per cent of all pediatric Emergency Department visits in Calgary. This is the highest percentage outside the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH) and makes up approximately 25 per cent of the daily patient volume admitted to the SHC ED.

Currently, pediatric patients are cared for in four designated beds within the adult emergency unit. As patient volumes and acuity increase for all age groups; it becomes challenging to keep this pediatric care area separate without compromising access to emergency care for other patients. This is increasingly exposing children to non-ideal, adult situations.

SHC has already taken steps to provide specialized pediatric services. Although the rooms are generic and not designed for specific pediatric needs, physicians from the ACH ED provide coverage daily during peak hours (1:00pm -1:00am). The SHC emergency nursing group has also received enhanced pediatric training.  Therefore the only element missing is a dedicated pediatric space within the South Health Campus Emergency Department.  

Kids Cooking for Kids Fundraiser

The top 12 young chefs from the entries received will be invited to come to a live cook-off on February 3 2018 hosted in Southcentre Mall to showcase their talents for the whole city to see! 

All entries require a $25 entry fee. All recipes received will be put together in a special cookbook that will be sold at the event or until our stock runs out. In addition to your entry in the competition, each entrant will get a copy of the cookbook to show off to friends and family. So send us your recipe and become a published chef!  Proceeds go to Calgary Health Trust in support of the Pediatric Emergency Pod at South Health Campus.  

Entry Process 

• Submit your own personal recipe for chicken soup as part of this online application form to be published in the cookbook and considered for the cookoff. 
• The top 24 entrants will be invited to submit a video where you tell us why you want to participate in the cookoff 
• The top 12 recipes, as decided by our independent panel, will be invited to come and make their soup live in front of our panel of celebrity judges on Saturday February 3 2018.

Key Dates 

• Entries must be in by: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 
• Semi-finalists notified by: Monday, December 11, 2017 
• Semi-finalist videos must be in by: Sunday, December 17, 2017 
• Finalists notified by: Thursday, December 21, 2017 
• Kids Cooking for Kids Cook-Off will take place February 3, 2018 


How the Competition Will Work 

• Applicants will complete an application form, provide their Chicken Soup recipe and pay a $25 application fee. Recipes will be used for production of a cookbook that will be sold to raise additional funds for the SHC Pediatric Pod. Recipes from ALL applicants will appear in the cookbook and each applicant will receive a copy of the book. 
• Semi-finalists will be notified and asked to provide a short video to demonstrate their public speaking ability and passion for why they would like to compete. 
• A shortlist of Finalists will be selected to cook on event day. Semi-finalists not chosen to cook on the day will be kept on a waitlist should one of the finalists need to withdraw at any time. 
• Contestants will have access to a dietitian/nutritionist while they are competing who can answer questions they may have or help if they require assistance. 
• Contestants will have 1 1/2 hours available to make their recipe. 
• Judges will sample each Contestant’s food and then rate it per predetermined criteria and announce top 3 scoring soups. 
• With the purchase of a tasting bowl, members of the public will be able to make their rounds to also taste each Contestant’s food. 
• Contestants will serve soup tastings to the purchasers of tasting bowls.
• Event is expected to last 3 1/2 hours in total. Arrive 10:00 am for briefing, start cooking at 11:00 am, judging takes place from 12:30 to 1:00 pm followed by a public tasting from 1:00 to 3:00 pm or when soup runs out. 

More Ways to Win

All Applicants raising the more than $250 through pledges and sale of the Event’s cookbook will be entered into a draw.  The Winner will earn a cooking session with Chef Nicole Gomes.  Chef Gomes is the winner of Top Chef Canada 2017, chef-owner of the catering outfit Nicole Gourmet as well as co-owner of Cluck n’ Cleaver.

Calgary Health Trust is a Calgary-based charity focused on fundraising that will transform health care in Alberta. The incredible generosity of our donors has helped to raise more than $427 million for health care since 1996. Funds raised benefit South Health Campus  as well as Foothills Medical Centre, Peter Lougheed Centre, Rockyview General Hospital and many community health programs and 12 Carewest care centres in our community.