Restaurant Makeover challenges two restaurant top guns to renovate, revamp, and re-launch local restaurants. The seasoned hot shots--renowned Chefs and Designers from around the country--have a week to overhaul the entire restaurant and the kitchen.
Brad Long has prepared meals for some of the world's most discriminating diners and his culinary talent has been recognized by some of Canada's toughest food critics. As executive chef at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, Long oversees three restaurants, including the city's best kept secret, The Platinum Club.
David Adjey has been in the restaurant business all his life. He rose from scrappy teen years as a dishwasher in a Scarborough Ontario diner, to become Executive Chef at New York City's tony Rihga Royal Hotel. He's been Personal Chef to actor Dan Aykroyd, appeared on the Jay Leno Show, and realized a dream as Chef Proprietor of his own Toronto fine dining establishment, 'Nectar.'
In 2008, Chef Adjey embarked on a new path to become a highly sought- after restaurant consultant, a career trajectory that has taken him across North America and beyond to help aspiring restaurateurs create new and profitable businesses founded on their dreams and passion for food.
Along the way, Chef Adjey has established a strong television presence as a chef-expert for the Food Network on such programs as 'Restaurant Makeover,' and 'The Opener,' which began in 2010.
Chef Lynn Crawford, 'the Renegade Cuisine Queen' has the pedigree and the style. Whether competing against Bobby Flay in Iron Chef America, or hosting Food Network's Restaurant Makeover, Chef Crawford received tremendous media attention as the executive chef of Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, where she was the only female executive chef for a Four Seasons property in the world. Lynn is a tremendous culinary presence in North America.
In 2003, Rene Chauvin was instrumental in opening Toronto's Distillery District by establishing the kitchens at its three restaurants, Pure Spirits Oyster Bar and Grill, The Boiler House and 1832 Pasta Bar, no small task! Chauvin's career spans over 20 years, many spent in some of the top hotel kitchens in the country.
Cherie's portfolio includes several luxury hotels and restaurants across the globe, as well as several independent endeavors in Toronto. Her continued love for design has taken her to numerous exotic locations worldwide. She prefers a timeless, "casual with a twist" design with well-appointed spaces with attitude.
Glen began his design career after achieving his Masters Degree in Fine Arts at York University. During his 10-year career, Glen has worked on over 200 design contracts specializing in commercial design in countries such as Spain, Italy and France. His success has allowed him to attain the position of Senior Designer Vice-President at Corporate Residences and a Senior Designer Position at Warren Williams Interior. Glen is inspired by an everlasting need to change and redesign his surroundings from his house, to office buildings to restaurants.
Cheryl is always trying to integrate industrial design aspects and non-conventional materials into everyday residential designs. With drive to succeed, her style is constantly changing, the end result being elegance and innovation within the same interior.
Raised on a farm outside of Edmonton, Corbin Tomaszeski was born to be a chef. One of his earliest memories is the smell of baking bread in his grandmother’s kitchen. Coming from a large Polish Canadian family, preparing meals was not an easy task for his mother. Corbin worked alongside her, creating wonderful meals such as the heartwarming soups that have become one of his many trademarks.
Corbin is very passionate about family and food. He is also very loyal to his food service team who he constantly coaches and mentors while still having fun. His creative spirit is woven into everything he does and he has established a strong following from hosting shows such as DINNER PARY WARS, RESTAURANT TAKEOVER, and CRASH MY KITCHEN on FOOD NETWORK and HGTV Canada.
Corbin’s many fans include chefs, customers and viewers alike. All wish to hone or expand their cooking sills and enjoy Corbin’s general demeanour. A born storyteller, Corbin's personal philosophy is that great food is a means to an end. Food has the ability to connect us all in our daily lives.
An executive chef with a reputation for creating destination eateries, Chef Corbin has been known to right culinary wrongs with charming honesty. He is also known for his ability to rebuild lackluster menus with his signature flair and attention to detail. As an Executive Chef, Corbin has overseen the expansion of many food service outlets. He is an active member of the Canadian Federation of Chefs and Cooks, a Graduate of the Culinary Arts program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and volunteers for organizations such as CANFAR, Canadian Heart and Stroke Association, Osteoporosis Canada, Diabetes Canada, and United Way Canada. He travels throughout North America to showcase his talent and endorse products that bring him joy in the kitchen.
Corbin is currently working on many new projects including his own cookbook, three new restaurants, and a full-service catering & consulting business.
Italian expatriate Massimo Capra is the chef and co-owner of Mistura and Sopra Upper Lounge, two well-known restaurants in Toronto offering fine contemporary Italian cuisine and live music respectively.
Born near Cremona, Italy, Massimo studied at the National Culinary Institute in Salsomaggiore, Parma. He began his career by working in some of Italy’s finest restaurants and hotels, including Trattoria dell’ Amelia in Venice, widely considered one of the best restaurants in Italy at the time. He also spent several years in various hotels, such as Hotel Royal, Val d’Aosta, Hotel Savoy, and Drei Tannen. Finally, Massimo worked for Gallia Hotels, owners of the famous Excelsior Gallia Hotel, Cavour Hotel, and Rio Envers Hotel.
Yearning to work overseas, Massimo boarded a plane for Toronto in 1982. He began working at Archer’s, a restaurant owned by one of his relatives. Massimo used his time at Archer’s to master the English language and improve his culinary skills.
In 1989, Massimo met Michael Carlevale of the famed Prego della Piazza. He and was offered the chef position and “Prego” became one of the most well known restaurants in Toronto during his nine-years there. While working with Michael Carlevale, Maassimo developed the concept for Carlevale’s Black & Blue Restaurant and Byzantium.
In 1997, Massimo merged forces with Paolo Paolini, formerly of Splendido. Mistura was opened shortly thereafter in October, 1997. The exclusive SOPRA UPPER LOUNGE is the latest addition to Massimo’s long list of restaurants list. Since 2006, Sopra has been a favorite among Toronto’s live music lovers.
Author of “One Pot Italian” and the newly released, “Three Chefs, The Kitchen Men”, Massimo also writes regularly for “The Globe & Mail.” Currently, Massimo is the brand ambassador for Samsung Home Appliances. He recently completed the opening of “Fraticelli Italian Grill” and is re-branding of the famed “Rainbow Room” in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls.
Massimo’s television experience is extensive, appearing on “The Beer Buddies,” “The Movable Feast,” “Buddies of the Vine,” “Christine Cushing Live,” “Three Takes” and many others. He makes regular appearances on City TV’s “Cityline” and is a celebrity chef on the hit series Restaurant Takeover. Finally, he is developing a new series, “Gourmet Escape.”
Meredith has worked for numerous design firms across Canada and the US. Meredith focuses on both commercial and residential design, specializing in colour and faux finish. In March 2004, Meredith opened Red Heron Essentials Distillery Design Studio in the Historic Distillery District in downtown Toronto, where she features her own custom designed furniture as well as a wide variety of residential and commercial decor products.
After graduating from The International Academy of Design, Jessica set out to work with one of the top up-and-coming design firms in Canada. After a few years working as a Senior Designer, Jessica now has a design firm of her own called Jessica Cotton Design, which proudly specializes in high-end residential and commercial design. Jessica constantly aspires to create warm, chic, and inviting spaces with sculptural hits of the “unexpected” all the while tailoring each design to her client’s own needs. “I like sculptural and cultural elements quietly placed in a space. They are the personality and sole of any design.”
Igor migrated to Canada in 1999 and quickly built a successful business as a contractor. His knowledge, quick wit, and back talk to the designers have made him a favourite with viewers of Restaurant Makeover all over the world. Over the last 80 episodes, viewers have come to know him as the sometimes gruff but always entertaining Igor who “knows it all”. No matter what problem arises in the insane six-day makeover, Igor always finds a solution, even if it’s not always to the liking of the designer.