Top Chef Canada
|Top Chef Canada|
|Format||Cooking, Reality, Competition|
|Starring||Thea Andrews (season 1)
Lisa Ray (season 2)
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original channel||Food Network Canada|
|Original run||April 11, 2011– present|
Top Chef Canada is a reality competition show. The first season premiered on April 11, 2011 on Food Network Canada. The first season consisted of 13 episodes, with 16 contestants vying for a grand prize of $100,000 and a GE Monogram kitchen valued at $30,000. Contestants shopped at Loblaws in season one and McEwan in season two. Like the original American series, each week the chef contestants compete against each other in culinary challenges. Contestants are judged by a panel of professional chefs and other notables from the food and wine industry, with one or more contestants being eliminated each week. The Canadian edition uses the same graphics and music as the American version of the program.
Judges, guest judges, and special appearances
The host for the first season of the Canadian program was Thea Andrews. After giving birth to her second child, Andrews stepped down from the position. On November 15, 2011, actress Lisa Ray announced that she was named to host the program for season two.
The head judge (the position held by Tom Colicchio on the original version) is Mark McEwan, chef and owner of several restaurants in Toronto and host of the Food Network Canada program The Heat with Mark McEwan. McEwan confirmed that he was returning as head judge for season two and was under contract for a third season of the program.
Season 1 (2011)
Aired: April 11, 2011 - July 4, 2011
This was the first season of the Canadian spin-off of Top Chef. The winner of this season was Dale Mackay.
Season 2 (2012)
Aired: March 12, 2012 - May 28, 2012
This was the second season of the Canadian spin-off of Top Chef. The winner of this season was Carl Heinrich.
Season 3 (2013)
Aired: March 18, 2013 - present
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