The latest St. Albert celebrity to appear on a national network is Tu Le, owner and head chef of Jack’s Burger Shack.

The Vietnamese-born chef will cross knives with three other cooks on the Food Network’s Oct. 8 episode of Chopped Canada. The pre-filmed episode is titled Dessert Dilemmas.

Due to contractual obligations, Le is limited in what he can reveal about the show. However, he described the experience as “incredibly intense.”

“I watched it a lot in the past and thought it was easy to do. It’s not. It’s hard. And I appreciate what people do. It was a life-changing experience for me, and it takes a lot of balls to do it.”

An experienced kitchen competitor, Le is a two-time challenger at the Canada Food Championships.

“But the Canadian Food Championships weren’t as hard as this,” laughed Le.

The bases are loaded and the Taste of Ukraine is gearing up for a power hit.

The St. Albert restaurant is once more stepping up to the home plate to support breast cancer.

Team Taste of Ukraine has entered the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s annual Batting Against Breast Cancer slo-pitch tournament.

To offer an assist, buy a ticket for a three-course perogy dinner on Monday, Aug. 29. All proceeds will go to cancer research.

Taste of Ukraine is at 516 St. Albert Trail. To reserve call 780-458-5444.

It’s the end of summer and the time to celebrate with one of our most cherished foods – bacon.

This year the park’s traditional Harvest Fair kicks off with Baconfest – a feast of 10 inspired bacon dishes from Edmonton’s top restaurants and chefs.

And while guests nibble on the bacon-infused appetizers, rock band Mojave Iguanas and comedian Donovan Workun of Atomic Improv entertain.

The samplers are without a doubt mouthwatering. Chef Joakim Gomes, from Fort Edmonton Park, has created a bacon, vanilla and coconut fried ice cream and grilled bacon sausage hot dog.

Chef Viju Vasudevan of Hotel Fairmont MacDonald contributes a bacon bean ragout with pear chutney while Packrat Louie’s offers a different style of Mac’n cheese with maple bacon.

Central Social Hall is cooking up maple stout pork belly skewers and The Bacon Boss is dipping into its stock of Bernard Callebaut chocolate covered candied bacon. And there’s more.

Baconfest takes place Friday, Sept. 2 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the park’s Blatchford Hanger. Adult general admission is $15.75, and senior/children tickets are $10.50. Food tickets are $3 each.


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