AGCcooks is one of three signature fundraising events annually held by The Art Gallery of Calgary. Proceeds from these events support leading contemporary art exhibitions at The AGC as well as art education programs for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 in local community.
The Art of Cuisine fundraiser celebrates contemporary food, art and culture by showcasing six of Calgary's top chefs in a friendly culinary competition. Each Chef created a four-course feast designed around a secret ingredient chosen by Calgary food writer and CBC restaurant critic John Gilchrist. This year, each Chef received : 2 Bodacious Black Currant Melonel; 2 bottles of Buckaroo Buckwheat; 2 bottles of Ginger Snapped Metheglin and 3 pieces of Honeycomb from the "Chinook Honey Company". The judges: John Gilchrist, Don House, Gil Norton and special guest - Food Network Chef - Chuck Hughes had tough task to decide who won the award. Finally, the winners were announced at the end of the night:
- Winner of The Media Food Critic Award and The AGCcooks Gilded Utensil Award is Raw Bar;
- Winner of The Sommelier Award is Bonterra
List of all participating restaurants includes: SKY 360, Bonterra, BR&, Raw Bar, Charcut and Saint Germain.