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Country of origin  Canada
No. of seasons  4
First episode date  11 April 2011
6.9/10 IMDb

Original language(s)  English
No. of episodes  49
Final episode date  12 May 2014
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Genre  Reality competition Cooking show
Starring  Thea Andrews (season 1) Lisa Ray Mark McEwan Shereen Arazm
Nominations  Canadian Screen Award for Best Reality/Competition Program or Series
Executive producers  John Brunton, Mark Lysakowski, Barbara Bowlby, Cliff Dempster, Shelley Gunness
Writers  Mark Lysakowski, Cliff Dempster
Similar  Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Chopped Canada, Top Chef Duels, Life After Top Chef

Top Chef Canada is a Canadian reality competition television series. The show 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.


The first season of Top Chef Canada was one of Food Network Canada's most highly rated programs. The network renewed the program for a second season, which began to air on March 12, 2012. Top Chef Canada will return with an all-stars edition fifth season in 2017.

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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 as host.

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.

The "resident judge" (the position held by Gail Simmons in the original version) is Shereen Arazm, a Toronto native and owner of several Los Angeles-area restaurants.

Season 1 (2011)

Aired: April 11, 2011 – July 4, 2011
The winner of this season was Dale MacKay.

Season 2 (2012)

Aired: March 12, 2012 – May 28, 2012
The winner of this season was Carl Heinrich.

Season 3 (2013)

Aired: March 18, 2013 – June 10, 2013
The winner of this season was Matthew Stowe.

Season 4 (2014)

Aired: March 10, 2014 – May 12, 2014
The winner of this season was Rene Rodriguez.


Top Chef Canada Wikipedia