I'm a big fan of Top Chef, which just wrapped up its Top Chef: All-Stars on the Food Network topped off by a reunion show. Now Canadian foodies will be tuning into Top Chef Canada, which premiers Monday, April 11, 2011 on Food Network Canada.
Sixteen chefs from across Canada will by vying for the top toque. The provincial breakdown is Ontario 7, British Columbia 3, Alberta 2, Quebec 2, Manitoba 1, Newfoundland 1.
Clayton Beadle, Four Seasons Resort Whistler, BCThe show's resident judge is Shereen Arazm, originally from Toronto and now living in LA, where she owns Teroni and Geisha House. Joining Shereen are head judge Mark McEwan and host Thea Andrews.
Derek Bocking, Beaver Hall, Montreal
Darryl Crumb, Brooklyn Bistro, Winnipeg
Connie DeSousa, CHARCUT Roast House, Calgary
Francois Gagnon, Montreal
Dustin Gallagher, Grace, Toronto
Steve Gonzalez, Origin, Toronto
Jamie Hertz, Fusion Bistro, Nelson BC
Chris Kanka, Toronto
Dale MacKay, Lumiere (recently closed), Vancouver
Andrea Nicholson, Great Cooks Culinary Centre, Toronto
Rebekah Pearse, Nectar Desserts, Calgary
Todd Perrin, The Chef's Inn, St. John's NFLD
Rob Rossi, Mercatto, Toronto
Michael Stauffer, Celli's and the Culinary Office, Dundas ON
Patrick Wiese, Toronto
CHARCUT Roast House in Calgary
Photo by Sue Frause