Now they're cookin'

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:11 AM ET

Good thing for Olympians Mike Brown and Lindsay Alcock they both like cooking.

Things are really going to get fired up on Oct. 27 at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel as Calgary's finest chefs go head-to-head with some help from a few of the city's top Olympic athletes, including the likes of champion speed skater Jeremy Wotherspoon, skeleton World Cup champion Lindsay Alcock and swimmer Mike Brown.

And the competitors are well aware they should get out of the kitchen if they can't stand the heat when the EPCOR Gold Medal Plates gets cooking.

"I like cooking but I don't want to ruin anything, it's a pretty prestigious competition the chefs are going into," said Brown, who recently returned from the Athens Olympics and helped out at the Ottawa Gold Medal Plates event.

"But anything I can do to help without screwing everything up, I'll be happy to do."

Eight of the city's best chefs and Olympians will create specialty dishes inspired by the athletes' personalities, all to raise money for the Canadian Olympic Committee's Excellence Fund for athletes.

Alcock said she might show her culinary skills depending on how intense her chef is.

"I'm going to feel it out with the chef. If they're really competitive, I want to let them have their space but I would love to help out where I can," she said.

The Toronto event -- the first of seven across Canada -- raised $240,000 and organizers hope the Calgary function will top that.

There are a total of 50 tables for the event and 42 are already sold at a hefty $3,5000 each.

The winning chef from each city moves on to Whistler, B.C. in early November for the Gold Medal Celebration Gala, where the top culinary expert will be chosen.


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