Chuck Hughes becomes youngest Canadian chef to win Iron Chef title

Montreal-native and Food Network favourite Chef Chuck Hughes has been declared the youngest and second Canadian chef to win the title of Iron Chef, after an epic battle against Iron Chef Bobby Flay in an episode of Iron Chef America that aired on Sunday, March 20 at 10pm ET/PT.

Aided by his two sous chefs, James Baran and Jean-Francois Methot, from his Montreal restaurant, Garde Manger, Chef Hughes battled the clock and one of his professional heroes to create a four-star meal containing the secret ingredient, Canadian lobster. 

Chef Hughes was declared the winner by the all-star judging panel including Stefan Gates, food adventurer and award-winning writer and television presenter; Karine Bakhoum, restaurant consultant and public relations expert; and food writer John T. Edge.

“This really is a dream come true for me,” says Chef Hughes.  “It was one of the most intense challenges of my life and I’m so proud and honoured to represent Quebec and Canada as a winning Iron Chef.”  

Chuck Hughes’ Canadian series Chuck’s Day Off follows him on his days off from his bustling Montreal restaurant, Garde Manger, as he cooks for friends, family and suppliers. Viewers indulge in the mouth-watering recipes he whips up and the behind-the-scenes access into Montreal’s hottest restaurant. Chuck’s Day Off currently airs Thursdays at 7pm ET and Saturdays at 11am ET on Food Network Canada.

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