Top Chef Masters

Lynn_CrawfordThe latest season of Top Chef Masters will feature one Canadian chef in the form of Food Network host Lynn Crawford.

The Pitchin’ In host will be joined by her sous chef Lora Kirk as she attempts to beat 12 fellow chefs from North America to the $100,000 for a charity of her choice.

“It’s an honour to be representing Canada in this fierce competition among such an esteemed group of chefs,” says Lynn Crawford. “I’m thrilled to have Chef Lora Kirk as my talented sous chef along for the journey and together we’re giving it our all in support of the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.” Continue reading »

Food Network Canada and Insight Production Company Ltd. have signed on Mark McEwan, one of Canada’s most celebrated culinary masters, as head judge for the premiere season of Top Chef Canada launching spring 2011 on Food Network.

With Mark McEwan on board, the search for the country’s top culinary talent is on. The national casting call for Top Chef Canada begins today with information available at

The nation’s best and brightest up-and-coming culinary stars, aged 19 years and older, are encouraged to visit to download the application form.

In addition to the online form, applicants must create a short video of themselves in action, showing off their cooking ability and on-camera personality. Applicants will be selected to compete for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be crowned Canada’s Top Chef and a $100,000 prize.

“We want to hear from those Canadians who think they have the culinary skills and star personalities to compete on Top Chef Canada,” said John Brunton, President, Insight Production Company Ltd. “The culinary scene in Canada has never been so hot and I’m certain our casting search will find Canada’s most promising chefs.”

“We’re thrilled to work with Insight Productions and Mark McEwan to uncover a roster of talented individuals from across the country,” said Karen Gelbart, SVP Content, Lifestyle Channels, Canwest Broadcasting. “Mark McEwan is an industry genius and the level of creativity, skill and determination he’ll expect from the Top Chef Canada competitors will make for tough competition.”

Mark McEwan (owner of North 44, Bymark and ONE restaurants, McEwan Fine Food Store and host of Food Network’s The Heat) is a leader in the Canadian food industry and his participation as the head judge on Top Chef Canada demonstrates the high standards expected of the show’s competitors. As the owner of three of Toronto’s top restaurants, a catering company and a fine food store, Mark’s expert experience ranges from the start up and running of successful businesses, to high-quality food preparation, restaurant service and catering. He is well versed in the high-intensity of a professional kitchen and has mastered working under immense pressure. Mark also has the know-how to perform on camera with three seasons of the Food Network series, The Heat, and a season of Superstar Chef Challenge under his belt.

“It’s an absolute honour to be a part of such an exciting project that will showcase the range of culinary talent this country has to offer,” said Mark McEwan, owner of North 44, Bymark and ONE restaurants, McEwan Fine Food Store and host of Food Network’s The Heat. “I’ve been in the food and service industry for over 30 years and look forward to sharing that expertise with the chosen competitors on Top Chef Canada.”

All information on how to apply to be on Top Chef Canada is now available at Casting opens today, May 10, and runs through June 14, 2010.

Top Chef Masters 2 currently airs Mondays at 9pm ET/10pm PT on Food Network.


Continually striving to be cutting edge, this week’s batch of master chefs must cook for the most modern group in the entertainment landscape—the cast and crew of the hit TV series, Modern Family.

Competing to make classic dishes current are five top chefs from far ends of North America, including Toronto’s own Susur Lee (Madeline’s), Debbie Gold (The American Restaurant), Jody Adams (Rialto Restaurant), Maria Hines (Tilth) and Rick Tramonto (TRU).

Does Susur Lee have what it takes to move on to the champion’s round? Find out in the fourth episode of Top Chef Masters, II Monday, May 10 at 9pm ET on Food Network Canada.

Top Chef Masters, II premieres its third episode tonight, Monday, May 3 at 9pm ET/10pm PT on Food Network Canada with the Real Housewives of Orange County sharing their expertise in the world of cocktails as guest judges in the Quickfire Challenge.

This week’s elimination challenge brings competing culinary artists to the cramped kitchen of Tom Bergin’s Tavern on Fairfax, the oldest Irish establishment in L.A., where they must re-invent traditional pub dishes ranging from bangers and mash to fish ‘n’ chips. Graham Elliot Bowles, Jonathan Waxman, Ludo Lefebvre, Mark Peel, Rick Moonen, and Wylie Dufresne go head-to-head in a rousing attempt to satisfy the venue’s clientele with old-school tastes and skeptical attitudes towards “modern” pub food.