The Heat Is On As ‘Top Chef Canada’ Reveals Competitors For Season 6

Get ready for Canada’s most competitive kitchen to turn up the heat when “Top Chef Canada” returns with its sixth season, debuting on Food Network Canada on Apr. 8.

Returning for the new season are host (and let’s not forget Cordon Bleu-trained chef!) Eden Grinshpan and head judge Mark McEwan, joined by resident judges Janet Zuccarini, Mijune Pak and Chris Nuttall-Smith.

They’ll be welcoming a new lineup of 11 extraordinary chefs who’ll pull out all the stops as they battle it out for the coveted title of “Top Chef Canada” and grand prize of $100,000 courtesy of Interac, along with a luxurious Monogram kitchen valued at $25,000 and $5,000 worth of Cuisinart products.

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As Food Network Canada notes in its announcement, these professional chefs come from all over the country, representing “the next generation of Canada’s culinary elite.”

After an extensive nationwide search, this season’s competitors are:

  • Nathan Guggenheimer, 35 – Saskatoon, Sask.
  • Elia Herrera, 37 – Toronto, Ont.
  • Ross Larkin, 31 – St. John’s, N.L.
  • Jinhee Lee, 38 – Calgary, Alta.
  • JP Miron, 30 – Montreal, Que.
  • Ivana Raca, 33 – Toronto, Ont.
  • Darren Rogers, 27 – Montreal, Que.
  • Mark Singson, 29 – Vancouver, B.C.
  • Matt Sullivan, 34 – Toronto, Ont.
  • Felix Zhou, 29 – Coquitlam, B.C.
  • Jesse Zuber, 29 – Saskatoon, Sask.

“In each episode, the chefs will compete in demanding Quickfire and Elimination Challenges that push their skills to new limits,” notes the release. “Serving their dishes weekly to the resident judging panel, they will also need to win over the palates of celebrated guest judges featured throughout the series. This season, guest judges include chef-owners of some of Toronto’s best-known restaurants, such as Lynn Crawford (Ruby Watchco), Susur Lee (Fring’s, Lee), Rob Gentile (Buca, Bar Buca) and Alexandra Feswick (Drake Devonshire). ‘Top Chef Canada’ alum returning as guest judges include Steve Gonzales of Baro, Dustin Gallagher of 416 Snack Bar as well as ‘Top Chef Canada: All-Stars’ winner Nicole Gomes of Calgary’s Cluck ‘N’ Cleaver. Additionally, Evan Funke, L.A.-based chef and co-owner (with Janet Zuccarini) of the acclaimed Felix restaurant, and Danny Bowien, chef-owner of New York’s Mission Chinese Food, also join as guest judges.”

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And the excitement doesn’t end after the episode does. Head to Foodnetwork.ca to see “Top Chef Canada” competitors and cast offer extended content, exclusive access to the “Top Chef Canada” kitchen and more — including an on-set sneak peek of a day in the life of host Eden Grinshpan, the opportunity to see what it’s like to be a culinary producer and behind-the-scenes secrets on how the ultimate food challenges come together. In addition, fans can also learn more about the chefs and get cooking tips with exclusive videos, as well as weekly episode recaps featuring insights from the resident judges and photos of the completed dishes. Fans can also watch full episodes online after broadcast at foodnetwork.ca/topchefcanada.

Food Network Canada is available on a National Free Preview from March 1 to April 30. Please check local listings for additional details.

The sixth season of “Top Chef Canada” premieres Sunday, Apr. 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Canada.

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