Giveaway: Tickets to Lunch with Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford at NAIT!

Chef Lynn Crawford is the 2014 NAIT Chef in Residence! I'm giving away a pair of tickets to 'Lunch with Lynn.'

Chef Lynn Crawford is the 2014 NAIT Chef in Residence! I’m giving away a pair of tickets to ‘Lunch with Lynn.’

Each year, NAIT welcomes one high-profile Canadian chef into their week-long Chef in Residence program. The program started in 2009 with chef Rob Feenie, and has continued to bring in incredibly talented, big name chefs over the years, including David Adjey, Susur Lee, Massimo Capra and Chris Cosentino have also all taken up residency in NAIT’s School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts!

This year, the 2014 Chef in Residence is the amazing, celebrity chef Lynn Crawford!

With the help of NAIT students, Chef Lynn Crawford will prepare a 3-course meal on March 13, 2014.

With the help of NAIT students, Chef Lynn Crawford will prepare a 3-course meal on March 13, 2014.

Crawford will spend March 10-14 working directly with lucky NAIT students.

“I’m honoured to be part of the Hokanson Chef in Residence program and spend a week working directly with NAIT students and learning from the experience,” Crawford says. “I look forward to sharing my experiences and philosophies with these up-and-coming chefs.”

Crawford was the first female Canadian invited to participate in the Food Network’s Iron Chef America. This year the battle continued as she competes on Top Chef Masters Season Five and she is one of the judges on Chopped Canada. She’s also starred in the Food Network show Pitchin’ In.

As part of the week-long residency, Crawford will prepare a three-course meal with NAIT students on March 13 called ‘Lunch with Lynn!’ And I’m very happy to say I’ve got tickets to give away for the exclusive (and sure to be delicious) luncheon!

How to win your way into ‘Lunch with Lynn’ at NAIT Ernest’s Restaurant

Thursday, March 13, 2014
11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
NAIT Ernest’s Restaurant (11762 – 106 Street)
One pair of tickets

Leave a comment below telling me what you like about Chef Lynn Crawford OR what you like about NAIT’s Culinary program!

You must include your name and email address so I know how to contact you! Also include your Twitter account if you have one. I will randomly choose winners based on those who have left comments.


You can also get your name entered into the mix more times (this is highly recommended) by:

1) Tweeting out this sentence:

I’ve entered @lindork’s blog giveaway for tickets to @NAIT’s @CHEF_LYNN luncheon! #naitfood #yeg #yegfood #NAIT

2) Following @NAIT on Twitter

3) Liking NAIT on Facebook

* Please let me know in your comment below that you followed NAIT on Twitter or Facebook in order to get the additional entries. ONLY NEW FOLLOWS/LIKES COUNT. Also note these bonus entry options only count IF you have left a comment answering the above question. You must comment to qualify! Note: Comments need to be moderated unless you’ve left a comment before. If you don’t see your comment show up right away, don’t fret! :)

* The contest closing date has changed to March 1, 2014 at 9 p.m. so those who do not win can still have the opportunity to purchase limited tickets that go on sale to the public starting March 3 at 9 a.m.! *

You can also try to win tickets at A Canadian Foodie‘s blog giveaway, The Kitchen Magpie‘s blog giveaway, or enter the official contest. You can also try to purchase very limited seats to the public starting March 3 at 9 a.m.

Good luck! :)

** UPDATE ** Congrats to Alex B! She won the pair of tickets and is excited to take her mom to the luncheon! Thanks to everyone who entered!



  • Kim Quibell says:

    I love watching Chef Lynn in her show Pitchin’ In! It’s cool to see her put herself into various situations that are out of her comfort zone! Every time she cooks a meal for a group on the show, it makes my mouth water & I wish I could try her food!

  • Maki says:

    I used to laugh hysterically during Pitchin In and always wished I could try her food like the folks in the episodes. I would love tickets as I have a birthday around that time!

  • Doris says:

    Followed NAIT on Twitter (@jetlaggedhungry). I love that the NAIT program offers so much for their culinary students (Ernest is a great example) and offers courses for the average person to increase their culinary skills with their Kitchen Skills courses.

  • janny says:

    Love her show going back to the roots of food!! The lunch day lands on my birthday lol!

  • Stacey says:

    Strong, successful female chef. So few out there. Would love to meet her….

  • You always have the best contests, Linda! ;)

    I have a very soft spot for the culinary program at NAIT because of its amazing reputation. One of my friends, Dave, is a recent graduate, and he’s worked at some of the top restaurants in the world. I’m so proud of him. We’re so lucky to have such a great program here in Edmonton.

  • Chelsea says:


    This is awesome. I adore Chef Lynn’s down-to-earth, friendly personality (a welcome change from so many celebrity chefs featured on the Food Network!) and her food looks, well, incredible. @mckenzicle

  • Suzanne says:

    My boyfriend and I watch all of the cooking shows, and always, always cheer for Lynn, as she actually makes us proud Canadians to watch her attitude and spirit exemplify what it means to be a Canadian. It would be a great pre-birthday lunch for myself and him as well as my birthday is the next day!

    Plus I really need to see her Palm tattoos in person!

  • As a Canadian, I think of Chef Lynn as a national treasure; an ambassador to our country, her warmth, talent & passion for food & cooking has always made me proud. But beyond that though, she just seems like the kind of girl you would want to have at your party. I would be deeply honoured to be a part of that day!

  • I like Lynn because she’s so warm and friendly, and I love watching her shows on the Food Network. It would be great to get a meal prepared by her. I already follow NAIT on Twitter and Facebook so i don’t know if that counts then as extra entries? @radiowasabi

  • Debra Ward says:

    Was following @NAIT but had not liked NAIT on Facebook, I have now rectified that omission!

    NAIT’s Culinary Program is an Edmonton GEM! We (Hubby#1 and me) are foodies and have been to (or nearly) all of Edmonton’s “Top Restaurants” and Ernest’s is always a go-to for special occasions. When I realized that Valentine’s Day was on a Friday this year I quickly reserved a table at Ernest’s and we were rewarded with delicious, artistic and creative “delights”. Cannot call what we experienced simply food as it surpasses this descriptor. Not enough superlatives…!

  • John ward says:

    I like that she likes to help students with her experiences which to me makes her down to earth

  • Cyndy says:

    @yndy newly following on Twitter and newly Liked on Facebook. Always loved my exceptional experiences at Ernst either at lunch or in the evening. As for Lynn Crawford, I would love to sample an awesome Canadian Chefs meal especially since I have watched her on the Food Network and could not smell or taste her meals. It’s my turn to experience this culinary event!!! ;)

  • Angelina says:

    The NAIT culinary arts program is so fantastic. As a former student of another program, my classmates and I would have daily envy of the smells coming from their wing of the building, would enjoy a meal at their restaurant sometimes and would often get to see the cool food creations plated so well.

  • Kristina says:

    Chef Lynn has such a fun personality. I’d love to just soak in that energy!

  • Andrew says:

    Every show I have seen Lynn on has always been full of talent, tasty food, and humor!

  • Becky says:

    Love her! Takes food back to it’s roots! Chef Lynn is a true Canadian icon!!
    I have tweeted and liked NAIT on Facebook!!
    Thank you!

  • Joel Rivero says:

    You had me at Nait culinary program! Also, Chef Lynn is amazing!

  • Lisa says:

    Love her, she’s a great inspiration for women chefs everywhere and I would love to be able to try her tasty food! :)

  • Susan C says:

    What I like about Chef Lynn Crawford, ‘the Renegade Cuisine Queen’ is #1 she is a Woman in the industry and she holds true to using the finest ingredients, and you can’t overcomplicate a dish,” she advises. “With the right ingredients, you can create a very strong memory for someone.” She’s livelier than a Jack Russell terrier, she smiles more than a kid on a Christmas morning, and she could easily be mistaken for a motivational speaker. She’s professional, but also outspoken enough to need bleeps to cover-up the F-bombs dropped on the TV show she hosts.

  • I have not watched Chef Lynn’s tv program before….until after I ate at her Toronto restaurant Ruby Watchco. The food was amazing, she cooked and served food! Down to earth lady.
    NAIT Culinary program is fantastic – look at the successes of graduates!

  • I’ve always wanted to take NAIT’s culinary course. I’ve also tweeted exactly what you asked us to!

  • Nicole Hannah says:

    My husband and I love Chef Lynn Pitchin in Show. We were on Vancouver island this summer at stop at Island Scallops where she did an episode and the oyster farm as well. I love that she shows you teaches you about the food item and then cooks it.

  • Daren says:

    I’ve always enjoyed the NAIT culinary program’s offerings to Edmontonians. Best cuts of meat at really good prices! It’s also great knowing where these cuts came from!

    Followed NAIT on twitter and facebook. My twitter handle is @Daren_Z

  • Sandra MP says:

    I really enjoy Chef Lynn’s simplicity and honesty shown in Pitch In. She creates impressive combinations out of complex ingredients in such a way that makes it look effortless and delicious.
    I’ve liked NAIT on Facebook and tweeted your sentence. Fingers crossed!

  • Andrea W. says:

    I love Chef Lynn in Pitchin’ In! She has a great personality!

  • Michelle B says:

    I love the passion that Lynn Crawford shows toward her ingredients – Pitchin’ In is a perfect showcase for Chef Lynn!

  • Hi Linda! My 12 yo daughter is a Food Network addict and a huge fan of Lynn Crawford. She is dying to go to this lunch, and I’d love to bring her!

    The thing I love most about NAIT’s Culinary Arts Program/Ernest’s restaurant is that they ALWAYS go over and above my expectations when preparing special vegetarian meals for me. Always tasty, and often my omnivore friends are jealous of what I get.

    I already follow both you and NAIT on Twitter; my handle is @MzShaunaMac.

    I follow NAIT on Facebook too! :)

  • Alex says:

    I love that Lynn takes the time on her show to really learn about a food item and respects the work it takes. Just watche done on pumpkins last night! Followed NAIT on FB and Twitter and tweeted giveaway. @a_bain

  • Kenneth Wiese says:

    I always loved cooking, years ago I used to watch Mona Brun and Julia Child on their cooking shows when I was home sick from school. My Grand Mother on my Mothers side was an excellent cook and baker and I learned a lot from her. I went on to take commercial cooking in High School and then back in 1987 I attended a two year Cooking program at NAIT which I graduated with honours. After a few years of working out in the industry I went on to take the one year Diploma Course at “Le Cordon Bleu, London Limited” in London, England. Since then I have worked in Shanghai and London as well as Canada. I first knew of Lynn from “Restaurant Makeover” and I was taken with her excellent and friendly way of teaching and speaking to people not too mention her wonderful simple yet elegant and fresh methods of food preparation. I see Lynn Crawford and a modern day Canadian Julia Child. The NAIT culinary program was wonderful when I attended 27 years ago, however it has improved by leaps and bounds and it makes me wish that I had been born 27 years later so I could attend the two year program now. I was already following NAIT on Facebook however I liked it now and I also Tweeted out your sentence on Twitter to help promote the event. If I am chosen to win one of these tickets I would make the effort to be among the first people waiting to try and by at least one more on the morning of March 3rd so that I could take my Mother along.

  • Karen says:

    I love that Chef Lynn is so friendly and down to earth, from what I can tell from watching her on the Food Network. And of course, her food always looks so delicious!

  • Brandy Kelly says:

    I used to love watching Chef Lynn when she was featured on Restaurant Makeover. The way she worked with the restaurant chefs to teach them the basics of cooking simple delicious food was inspiring. I have also enjoyed seeing her experience some crazy antics on Pitchin’ In while also showing the new and delicious ways to use food in creative recipes. Fingers crossed as it would be great to have a special meal prepared by a celebrity chef. Now that I’m a working mom of two, dinners are quick and boring. Ashamed to admit pb & j is becoming a weekly staple.

  • Brandy Kelly says:

    Liked NAIT on Facebook :)

  • Bernadette Wenger says:

    Where do you even start to comment on either Chef Lynn Crawford or the NAIT Culinary program!Chef Lynn is a very down to earth, funloving, remarkable woman that is obviously very passionate about her cooking. Students at the culinary program are very fortunate to be able to study and work with such a great talent. I am sure that her energy and love of what she is able to do will greatly impact the students and it will be an experience they will never forget!The Culinary program to NAIT is absolutly remarkable. I have dined there a few times and the food and presentation is always amazing! My husband is an employee at NAIT and last friday came home with an amazing “box of chocolates” that was made by the students as a fundraiser. The skill and patience required to make this is amazing.
    I could go on, but the combination of Lynn Crawford and the culinary team at NAIT is a “Gold Medal” performance!! Would live to be there!

  • Nicole Hannah says:

    Follow NAIT on FB, and Twitter

  • Sharman says:

    A strong female Canadian chef who is inspiring the masses… what’s not to like? I think it is wonderful that she is coming to Edmonton to spend time with the next generation of great Canadian chefs coming out of Nait’s culinary program.

  • Kristi says:

    I’ve always enjoyed Chef Lynn – especially since the show Pitchin’ In. She not only opened her eyes, but also Canada’s eyes to the processes farmers go through to bring that food to our homes. It gave me a new appreciation for sure! – @kristimingo

  • P. Jong says:

    My favorite memory of Chef Lynn was from an episode of Pitchin In. The Strawberry episode. They are my favorite fruit. When she was able to impress a family that thought they had done strawberries every way possible, I was completely won over. One of my favorite’s from that day was the fried chicken and strawberry jalapeno corn waffles. I love how down to earth she always is, so wonderfully real, and how she is always up for a challenge. It would be an honor to partake of her culinary masterpieces.
    – I just liked Nait of Facebook this afternoon.

  • Carla McLean says:

    I love Chef Lynn because she’s so down to earth, yet makes amazingly fancy meals. We always watch Pitchin In and I love how people are often nervous to meet her but then she ends up everyone’s best friend in the end. I would love to try a meal by her and the NAIT students. :)

  • Jodie says:

    I love that chef Lynn is so humble and down to earth, yet bursting with skill and personality! I’ve watched her on the food network forever! It would be so cool to see her, and eat her food in real life! I just followed NAIT and I am gonna twitter up your contest! Cheers!

  • Laura T says:

    I love waching Chef Lynn on her pitchin show. She seems so personable and really is good at drawing you into the show!

  • Laura T says:

    forgot to mention I follow NAIT on facebook and twitter :)

  • Claudette St. Jean says:

    Lynn Crawford is an amazing chef! Have watched her many times on the Food Network. Would love an opportunity to sit down to a meal she’s prepared.

  • Claudette St. Jean says:

    Liked NAIT on FB.

  • Karen Schmidt says:

    I love her enthusiasm on her food network shows

  • Jolanda says:

    I love how down to earth Lynn is—her shows on the food network are my favorite by far!

    (Twitter: abby_cadabra)

  • glenda Wilson says:

    I am a NAIT alumni. I would love to taste food prepared under Chef Lynn’s watch. I love her shows and I enjoy watching her live it up with real people as well as participating in harvesting and gathering the food used to make her special meals.

  • Amanda says:

    I ‘liked’ NAIT on fb! I love watching Lynn Crawford on tv! She has a great sense of humour and a real respect for ingredients and where they come from.

  • Alexis says:

    Hi, What I like most about Chef Lynn Crawford is that she is so down to earth and she loves to laugh. I have watched her show over the years and she tries to make everyone feel comfortable around her and Oh Yeah…her cooking looks devine. Just saying… I would love to join you for lunch at NAIT. I have been there plenty of times and there food is always so delicious. I also follow NAIT on Facebook.

  • Sonia Murillo says:

    I know that NAIT’s Culinary program is top notch in Alberta and recognized across Canada as well. I like to visit the Common Market to try the pastries that the program’s students bake as practice and my family is a frequent visitor of the Meat market where students improve their meat cutting skills.

  • Sonia Murillo says:

    I forgot to add that I am now following NAIT on Twitter and liked it on Facebook.

  • Lyndon Baines says:

    I hold the NAITculinary program in high regard, so much so that I have encouraged my daughter to apply to the program as this has been a dream of hers. Meeting someone of Chef Crawford’s stature would do a lot to promote to Emily (my daughter) just how much one can succeed in her “field of dreams”.

  • Claire Gooley says:

    Love Lynn Crawford

  • Debbie says:

    I love how passionate Lynn is about Canadian Cusine. I am a fan of the NAIT culinary program as that is where my boyfriend studied and he is a great cook.

    I followed NAIT on twitter and on facebook.

  • Gail Jones says:

    I would love to win tickets to see Lynn Crawford at NAIT. I admire Lynn’s willingness to get her hands dirty and be a part of food production, I am also encouraged by the emphasis in NAIT’s culinary arts program to encourage their students to learn more about where the food they cook comes from – really impressed with the new urban cultivator at NAIT, too. (I’m on twitter – @GailMillangJone)

  • Paul S. says:

    Chef Lynn is great! I really enjoy watching her shows on the Food Network as she really seems down to earth and fun to be around.

  • Jacquie says:

    I Love NAIT’s culinary program. They are churning out some of the best and brightest restaurant entrepreneurs in this city!

    PS: I liked and followed nait :)

  • Greg says:

    I love how passionate is about food and people. I admire her desire to learn as much as she can about where her food comes from and how she is constantly learning new ways to cook food. She doesn’t look down on anyone. She’s down to earth and just a wonderful person.

  • Karissa says:

    I am now following NAIT on Twitter and liked it on Facebook.
    I love NAITs culinary program because it is a world class institution that helps to shape and mold local talent…. And us edmontonion reap the rewards of their hard work :)

  • I am now following NAIT on Twitter and liked it on Facebook.
    Chef Lynn is the ultimate leader in the Farm to Plate movement. I love her passion for food, kindness and the raw ability to showcase the people that work with such heart to create an amazing product. I cry at every episode!

  • Lisa T. says:

    My cousin is a not-so-recent graduate of the Naits Culinary program and have heard him often reminisce about his ‘learning days’ and the transferrable skills he has retained for his chef career in Copenhagen. Would love to attend for the fantastic experience and also for the bragging rights (especially to my cousin) of meeting Linda Hoang! And Lynn Crawford (squee!). I am following NAIT on Twitter and like on Facebook. Thanks for giveaway!

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