Top Chef Canada

Top Chef Canada 2011

Name: Darryl Crumb

Age: 29 years old

From: Winnipeg, MB

Top Chef Canada 2011

Name: Derek Bocking

Age: 30 years old

From: Montreal, QC

Top Chef Canada 2011

Name: Clayton Beadle

Age: 26 years old

From: Whistler, BC

Canadians are about to get served with the country’s fiercest culinary competition of all time. Food Network Canada and Insight Production Company Ltd. revealed today the stellar lineup of Canadian competitors and resident judge who will be appearing in the highly anticipated series 

Top Chef Canada. The inaugural season of Top Chef Canada will premiere April 11, 2011 at 9pm ET/10pm PT exclusively on Food Network Canada.

Top Chef Canada will challenge 16 competitors’ culinary skills to see who can cut it as Canada’s Top Chef, taking home the grand prize of $100,000 and a GE Monogram kitchen worth $30,000. Hosted by celebrated television personality, Thea Andrews and head judge, chef and restaurateur, Mark McEwan, Top Chef Canada promises the kind of high stakes competition and addictive drama that will inspire viewers to cheer on their favourite competitors each week.

The 16 chosen competitors hail from far and wide across Canada with their own unique culinary backgrounds and expertise. Click on each competitor’s name below to open a link to his or her Top Chef Canada audition video on Food Network Canada’s YouTube channel.

 

·         Clayton Beadle, 26, Whistler, BC

·         Derek Bocking, 30, Montreal, QC

·         Darryl Crumb, 29, Winnipeg, MB

·         Connie De Sousa, 29, Calgary, AB

·         Francois Gagnon, 32, Montreal, QC

·         Dustin Gallagher, 28, Toronto, ON

·         Steve Gonzales, 35, Toronto, ON

·         Jamie Hertz, 31, Nelson, BC

·         Chris Kanka, 34, Toronto, ON

·         Dale Mackay, 30, Vancouver, BC

·         Andrea Nicholson, 28, Toronto, ON

·         Rebekah Pearse, 29, Calgary, AB

·         Todd Perrin, 40, Quidi Vidi Village, St. John’s, NL

·         Rob Rossi, 27, Toronto, ON

·         Michael Stauffer, 30, Dundas, ON

·         Patrick Weise, 40, Toronto, ON

 

Joining the cast as resident judge on Top Chef Canada is the revered vanguard of Los Angeles dining and entertaining, proud Toronto native Shereen Arazm. Creator and operator of Tinsel Town’s most respected tables including Italian eatery Terroni and sushi staple Geisha House, Shereen also set Hollywood’s nightlife ablaze owning and operating famed outlets Concorde, El Centro, Shag, Central, and Wonderland. Her successful career was featured in an episode of Women on Top on Slice™ in 2007, the same year that LA Times Magazine’s holiday issue named her one of the four top entertainment hosts in Los Angeles. After having a daughter in 2008 with husband Oren Koules, Shereen returned home to Toronto in summer 2010 ready to take on Canada’s top culinary talent as resident judge on Top Chef Canada. Shereen will be joined by various distinguished guest judges who will be revealed at later dates. 

“Over the last 10 years, Food Network Canada has consistently delivered to Canadians the very best entertaining, food-related content,” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media.  “Top Chef Canada is a successful, proven format that showcases the true wealth and diversity of Canadian culinary talent.  We couldn’t be more thrilled to share that with viewers.”

“Top Chef Canada is not just a TV show but a celebration of our Canadian culture,” says John Brunton, Executive Producer, Insight Production Company Ltd. “Our competitors have trained around the world under the watchful eyes of internationally renowned chefs like Daniel Boulud, Gordon Ramsay, Susur Lee among others. We can’t wait for Canada to experience the world class cuisine that we have here at home. In the culinary world, Canadians truly compete on an international stage.”

To keep tabs on what Canadians are saying about Top Chef Canada, check out the official Top Chef Canada page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/topchefcanada or follow @TopChefCanada on Twitter.

The first season of Top Chef Canada will premiere April 11, 2011 at 9pm ET/10pm PT exclusively on Food Network Canada.

Shaw Media and Insight Production Company Ltd. announced today that GE Monogram and Loblaws have signed on as official sponsors of Top Chef Canada. The first season of Top Chef Canada will premiere April 11, 2011 exclusively on Food Network Canada.

Top Chef first launched in Canada in 2006 and has become a landmark program on Food Network’s schedule, consistently ranking in Food Network’s top 10 programs. As a proven audience favourite, Shaw Media and Insight Productions are excited to introduce the popular format in Canada.  The partnerships developed with Monogram and Loblaws are ideal unions resulting in integrations that will enable both sponsors to reach a wide and relevant consumer base throughout the run of series.

The sponsorship agreements with Monogram and Loblaws are integrated deals that will provide extensive brand exposure in-show, on-air, in-store and online. As the official appliance supplier of Top Chef Canada, Monogram will supply over $200,000 worth of top-of-the-line Monogram kitchen appliances to fully outfit the Top Chef Canada kitchen. Monogram will also enhance the Top Chef Canada grand prize by providing the winner a custom kitchen valued at $30,000. Monogram will have significant exposure in all 13 episodes of the series as well as on-air through tagged promos, billboards and bumpers on Food Network Canada and in- store via promotional videos in authorized Monogram retail locations.

Loblaws’, The home of President’s Choice™, sponsorship as official grocer of Top Chef Canada is an exciting and fitting one. Depending on the Top Chef Canada challenge, Loblaws will open its doors for competitors to shop for all their grocery needs throughout the run of series. Through this unique sponsorship Loblaws will gain exposure in-show as competitors take to the store for groceries to fit the series challenges.  The partnership extends on-air with tagged promos, billboards and bumpers on Food Network Canada as well as online as a presenting sponsor on Top Chef Canada pages of the foodnetwork.ca site.

“Our partnerships with official sponsors, Monogram and Loblaws, have resulted in invaluable contributions for Top Chef Canada,” says Errol Da-Re, Senior Vice President of Sales for Shaw Media. “These partnerships will generate unprecedented product integration opportunities enabling both sponsors to reach consumers in a variety of mediums including in-show, on-air, in store and online.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to be the official appliance supplier of Top Chef Canada,” says Philippe Meyersohn, GM of Marketing for GE Monogram Canada.  “It certainly will be exciting to see these talented chefs produce amazing and memorable dishes using our complete line of professional appliances.  We see this partnership as a perfect fit.  There is so much drama in Top Chef and we believe that nothing fuels drama and success in the home kitchen like a Monogram Professional Appliance!”  

“As Canada’s leading grocery retailer we’re very excited to be partnering with Top Chef Canada,” says Allan Lindsay, Vice President Marketing, Loblaw Companies Limited. “This highly successful program is a natural fit for Loblaws stores which will offer the competitors an incredible selection and quality products, including our range of President’s Choice® products – which are exclusively available in our stores.”

Hosted by celebrated television personality, Thea Andrews and head judge, chef and restaurateur, Mark McEwan, Top Chef Canada will challenge 16 competitors’ culinary skills and uncover if they have what it takes to be a top chef. Top Chef Canada will have audiences tuning in to watch the drama unfold each week and see who will be crowned Canada’s Top Chef and take home the grand prize of $100,000 and a Monogram kitchen.