|Thea Andrews (2011-2012)|
Lisa Ray (2012-2014)
|Insight Production Company|
Top Chef Canada is an English-Canadian speaking adaptation of the hit American reality format just simply called Top Chef.
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 AppearancesEdit
The host for the first season of the Canadian program with Thea Andrews. After giving birth to her second child, Andrews step 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 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.
Based on the American game show Top Chef