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Canadian Culinary Championships welcomes a Barenaked Lady

Ed Robertson, lead singer of the Barenaked Ladies, was in Kelowna on Saturday for the 2012 Canadian Culinary Championships. - Douglas Farrow / Contributor
Ed Robertson, lead singer of the Barenaked Ladies, was in Kelowna on Saturday for the 2012 Canadian Culinary Championships.
— image credit: Douglas Farrow / Contributor

The best chefs in the country are putting their pride—and their food—on the line as they try to capture gold at the 2012 Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna this weekend.

But, according to a high profile guest of the event, success is dependent on one key ingredient.

"I'm going to say the edge is going to go tonight to whoever deploys the secret weapon of bacon," said Barenaked Ladies lead singer, Ed Robertson.

"Add bacon to anything—it immediately gets better."

Robertson arrived in Kelowna on Saturday afternoon to attend the Canadian Culinary Championships Grand Finale at the Delta Grand Okanagan.

The Barenaked Ladies' frontman has been busy working on a new record and also working on a Broadway show.

"It's called Spiderman 2," said Robertson, joking.

"I can't tell you (the name) yet, but it 's a big one."

He's also spent many Thursday nights hearing his hugely popular theme song on the 2010 People's Choice Awards' Favourite TV Comedy.

"I love the Big Bang Theory. I was so thrilled to have written that theme song and I'm so happy for the show's success. We've had a great relationship with them all the way through."

This weekend, Robertson will be entertaining guests of the culinary event by stepping on the stage with Barney Bentall: An "old pal" of Robertson's.

Along with determining the top cooking talent in the nation, the Canadian Culinary Championships is also a fundraiser for Canada's Olympic athletes.

"I've done a couple of the different national events and they're a lot of fun.

"It's nice to hang with some of the athletes and the food is always an adventure."

Robertson admitted that his culinary skills are limited; however, he still enjoys cooking.

"I do like to cook. Unfortunately, true to the stereotype of man, I particularly like to grill and smoke. I hate to be so typical, but I do enjoy barbecue."

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

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