TORONTO, March 15, 2017 – Canada’s most prestigious and high-stakes culinary competition is back with Top Chef Canada: All-Stars. For the first time in Canadian franchise history, Top Chef Canada brings some of the country’s most accomplished chefs from past seasons to battle it out for a chance to earn what has eluded them all: the title of Canada’s Top Chef. Twelve all-star chefs compete in cutthroat challenges and receive bold critiques from the judging panel which includes recently announced host Eden Grinshpan, head judge chef Mark McEwan and esteemed resident judges Chris Nuttall-Smith, Mijune Pak, and Janet Zuccarini. This season, the returning chefs unpack their knives and fight for a chance to win a $100,000 grand prize courtesy of Interac Flash and a Monogram kitchen valued at over $25,000. Top Chef Canada: All-Stars premieres Sunday, April 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Canada.
Meet the 12 chefs returning to the Top Chef Canada kitchen for a second chance at winning it all:
- Connie DeSousa – Season 1, Calgary, AB.
- Dustin Gallagher – Season 1, Toronto, ON.
- Andrea Nicholson – Season 1, Toronto, ON.
- Todd Perrin – Season 1, Quidi Vidi Village, NL.
- Trevor Bird – Season 2, Vancouver, BC.
- Jonathan Korecki – Season 2, Ottawa ON.
- Curtis Luk – Season 2, Vancouver, BC.
- Elizabeth Rivasplata – Season 2, Toronto, ON.
- Trista Sheen – Season 2, Toronto, ON.
- Nicole Gomes – Season 3, Calgary, AB.
- Dennis Tay – Season 3, Toronto, ON.
- Jesse Vergen – Season 4, Saint John, NB.
Throughout the competition, the chefs serve up refined dishes for acclaimed culinary guest judges including: Chopped Canada judges Lynn Crawford, John Higgins, Susur Lee and Antonio Park; Sugar Showdown host Josh Elkin; television personality, cookbook author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich; culinary superstar, chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud; chef/owner of Raymonds in downtown St. John’s Jeremy Charles; celebrity chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Maneet Chauhan; chef/owner of Montreal’s Maison Publique Derek Dammann; food writer and cookbook author Sabrina Ghayour; chef/owner of Montreal’s Toqué! and Brasserie T! Normand Laprise; owner of Big Gay Ice Cream Doug Quint, and chef/owner of Toronto’s Bar Raval, Bar Isabel and El Rey Mezcal Bar, Grant Van Gameren.
The series extends online with exclusive bonus digital content including: a tour of the brand new Top Chef Canada kitchen, behind-the-scenes culinary articles, photo galleries, deleted scenes, prize giveaways and more. For this bonus content as well as competitor and cast biographies and full episodes after they premiere, visit: foodnetwork.ca/topchefcanada.
Top Chef Canada is the homegrown version of the hit Emmy Award-winning NBCUniversal Series Top Chef and is produced by Insight Production Company Ltd. in association with Food Network Canada. Executive Producers are John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Mark Lysakowski, and Supervising Producer is Eric Abboud.
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Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted. The Amazing Race Canada, The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration; The JUNO Awards 2016 and How To Change The World collectively took home 14 Canadian Screen Awards in 2017. Big Brother Canada continues to be the most watched reality program across specialty channels in Canada. Past productions include Intervention Canada, Project Runway Canada, Battle of the Blades, Ready Or Not, Falcon Beach, The Truth About Alex, and Canadian Idol. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content. In 2015, Insight received the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s inaugural Icon Award in recognition of its 35th anniversary.