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Chopped Canada - Episode Guide

Season 1

  • Who Gives A Geoduck
    Who Gives A Geoduck

    Episode 26 - Season 1 - June 26, 2014

    Chicken livers and seaweed crack open this competition as four chefs fight it out. Ingredients are missed, and a clam of a different colour causes complications in the dinner round.  A familiar comfort food poses a new challenge in the final round as both chefs struggle to repurpose it into a prize winning dessert.

    Judges:  Michael Smith, Vikram Vij and Susur Lee

    Competing Chefs:
    Huberto Sanchez (Age 35) from London, ON
    Matt Chandler (Age 30) from Charlottetown, PEI
    Miheer Shete (Age 30) from Toronto, ON
    Evelynn Takoff (Age 27) from Kelowna, BC


  • Some Skin In the Game
    Some Skin In the Game

    Episode 25 - Season 1 - June 19, 2014

    The chefs each show they've got some skin in the game with some excellent uses of epiderm in the appetizer round.  One chef attempts the im-pasta-ble in the entrée course .  Chefs mustn't flake out over dried mashed potatoes and fennel in the dessert round.

    Judges: Chuck Hughes, Roger Mooking, Vikram Vij

    Competing Chefs:
    Pierre Lamielle (Age 33) from Calgary, AB
    Abbey Solomon (Age 31) from Grimsby, ON
    Sheina Haddad (Age 27) from London, ON
    Sue Wiebe (Age 62) from Abbotsford, BC

  • One Flew Over the Cocoa Nest
    One Flew Over the Cocoa Nest

    Episode 24 - Season 1 - June 12, 2014

    Four chefs stick their necks out when Ostrich and Lollipops make an appearance in the appetizer round.  The entrée  makes for a wild time when chefs must mix a jiggly dessert with this gamey meat.  It’s a bit of a pickle for the two remaining chefs who must find a way to sneak this popular bar food into a prize winning dessert.

    Judges: Chuck Hughes, Roger Mooking, John Higgins

    Competing Chefs:
    Henry Strong (Age 44) from Ottawa, ON
    Christina Pugliese (Age 30) from Montreal, QC
    Romeo Oloresisimo (Age 33) from Kamloops, BC
    Daren Bergeron (Age 40) from Montreal, QC

  • That Wascally Wabbit
    That Wascally Wabbit

    Episode 23 - Season 1 - June 5, 2014

    In a battle of the young versus the seasoned, four chefs face off to win the $10,000 prize.  A strong appetizer round with escargot and onion rings leaves the judges wondering who should be chopped.  The rabbit’s out of the hat in the dinner round as the chefs struggle to strike it right.  In the dessert round it's the duck that's laid the golden egg as one chef pulls ahead to win the race.

    Judges: Roger Mooking, Lynn Crawford, John Higgins

    Competing Chefs:
    Hayden Johnston (Age 23) from Toronto, ON
    Winston Hugh (Age 27) from Toronto, ON
    Robert Mills (Age 40) from Toronto, ON
    Katherine MacDonald (Age 44) from Surrey, BC

  • Showdown at the Oka Corral
    Showdown at the Oka Corral

    Episode 22 - Season 1 - May 29, 2014

    A fluffy sweet and a stiff drink raise the bar in the first round as a new mom and a chef school instructor set out to prove they’ve got what it takes in this episode of Chopped Canada.  Organs and fruit make strange dinner partners in round two.  A sweet treat and a smoked meat bring out fierce competition for the final prize.

    Judges: Michael Smith, Lynn Crawford, Anne Yarymowich

    Competing Chefs:
    Tobias Grignon (Age 31) from Vancouver, BC
    Johnathan Sobol (Age 29) from Calgary, AB
    Daniel Trottier (Age 56) from Rosemere, QB
    Stephanie Schoales (Age 26) from Kelowna, BC

  • Pressed For Ham
    Pressed For Ham

    Episode 21 - Season 1 - May 22, 2014

    The chefs are hard pressed to impress in this appetizer round featuring canned meat and kohlrabi. Three remaining chefs give us something to "root" for when they combine bacon and this Asian vegetable.  Ultimately one chef will "beet" out a victory with a sweet and spicy dessert basket.

    Judges: Michael Smith, Anne Yarymowich, Susur Lee

    Competing Chefs
    Matthew Pennell (Age 30) from Moncton, NB
    Subra Balakrishnan (Age 28) from Markhan, ON
    Tony Velinov (Age 34) from St. John's, NF
    Derek Ralph (Age 41) from Calgary, AB

  • The Spruce is Loose
    The Spruce is Loose

    Episode 20 - Season 1 - May 15, 2014

    One chef finds himself in hot water when mussels and mushrooms appear in the appetizer round.  A beverage from the space age makes for a sweet surprise in the dinner round.  The chefs spruce things up in the dessert round with a sweet basket straight from the tropics.

    Judges: Roger Mooking, Lynn Crawford, Annne Yarymowich

    Competing Chefs:
    Alexander Svenne (Age 42) from Winnepeg, MB
    JohnRoss Woodland (Age 23) from Picton, ON
    Bruno Feldeisen (Age 48) from Vancouver, BC
    Takumi Kitamura (Age 32) from Victoria, BC


  • Snakes and Batters
    Snakes and Batters

    Episode 19 - Season 1 - May 8, 2014

    One chef gets skewered by candy rolls and beef loin in the appetizer round while the remaining chefs get a leg up in the entrée round. The dessert round poses a hot date with destiny for the final two chefs. 

    Judges: Chuck Hughes, Roger Mooking, Vikram Vij

    Competing Chefs:
    Craig D' Cruze (Age 33) from Calgary, AB
    Miriam Martinez (Age 30) from Toronto, ON
    Julian Harries- Jones (Age 31) from Toronto, ON
    Jessica Pelland (Age 26) from Calgary, AB

  • When Life Hands You Lemonade
    When Life Hands You Lemonade

    Episode 18 - Season 1 - May 1, 2014

    A sickeningly sweet canned good presents a challenge in the appetizer round as one young buck faces off against three seasoned chefs.  Colourful candies and burdock root complicate the  entrée basket. In the dessert round, the last remaining chefs fight to keep their dreams from being squashed.

    Judges: Roger Mooking, Lynn Crawford, John Higgins

    Competing Chefs:
    Jesse Mutch (Age 23) from Toronto, ON
    Doreen Prei (Age 34) from Edmonton, AB
    Neil Dowson (Age 41) from Picton, ON
    Pascal Bisson (Age 32) from Montreal, QC

  • The Young and the Timeless
    The Young and the Timeless

    Episode 17 - Season 1 - April 24, 2014

    Chefs stumble over simple ingredients when cheese puffs and chicken make an early appearance.  In the entrée round the canned version of an elegant seafood confounds. The remaining two chefs struggle to transform two kinds of pork into a delectable dessert.

    Judges: Chuck Hughes, Roger Mooking, John Higgins

    Competing Chefs:
    Philip Tarlo (Age 62) from Collingwood, ON
    Carolyn Jones (Age 47) from Penetanguishene, ON
    Toivo Heyduck (Age 25) from Sooke, BC
    Derek Pennell (Age 29) from Carleton Place, ON

  • For the Love of Cod
    For the Love of Cod

    Episode 16 - Season 1 - April 17, 2014

    Cod tongues cause conniptions as three earnest chefs struggle to defeat a cocky contender who's promised to quit cooking forever if he doesn't take home the Chopped Canada prize.  In the entrée round, calves' liver and cupcakes are a pairing for despairing.  It's a battle to the end as both chefs choose choux pastry as a foil for a cheese filled dessert.

    Judges: Michael Smith, Lynn Crawford, John Higgins

    Competing Chefs:
    David Husereau (Age 45) from Jasper, AB
    Ian Thompson (Age 35) from Washago, ON
    Audie Grant (Age 39) from Montreal, QC
    Jayke Carter (Age 26) from Toronto, ON

  • High Steaks
    High Steaks

    Episode 15 - Season 1 - April 10, 2014

    It's a scrambled start as the chefs flame out over sirloin and spirits.  The entrée round becomes a turkey shoot as the remaining chefs go bananas to make it to the final battle.  One chef melts down as they noodle things over for the $10,000 prize.

    Judges: Vikram Vij, John Higgins, Lynn Crawford

    Competing Chefs:
    Brett Turnbull (Age 37) from  Markham, ON
    Michael Luck (Age 42) from Toronto, ON
    Victor Bongo (Age 29) from Vancouver, BC
    Boris Rubstov (Age 31) from Woodbridge, ON

  • Slaying the Dragonfruit
    Slaying the Dragonfruit

    Episode 14 - Season 1 - April 3, 2014

    Four chefs dig deep to fight the dragon as an exotic fruit rears its head in the appetizer round.  Things get a bit fishy as the chefs are handed a sweet, cheesy basket for the entrée round.  One chef chooses rhyme over reason as he boozes it up, while another leaves his beer on ice for the final showdown.

    Judges: Michael Smith, Vikram Vij, Susur Lee

    Competing Chefs:
    Bev Milnes (Age 45) from Toronto, ON
    Frank Sham (Age 47) from Kelowna, BC
    Justin Myles (Age 28) from Kearney, ON
    Norman Aitken (Age 32) from Ottawa, ON

  • A Wing and a Prayer
    A Wing and a Prayer

    Episode 13 - Season 1 - March 27, 2014

    It's a battle of the wings in round one as the chefs jockey for a spot at the fryer and one chef's chicken is well underdone.  There's a lot at steak when three chefs try to combine a traditional Japanese vegetable with a classic childhood snack. An ambitious dessert effort impresses the judges, but will it hold up?

    Judges: Chuck Hughes, Lynn Crawford, Vikram Vij

    Competing Chefs:
    Michael Dolente (Age 26) from Toronto, ON
    Nicholas Wong (Age 41) from Mississauga, ON
    Anthony Figliano (Age 28) from Toronto, ON
    James Hannah (Age 23) from Vancouver, BC

  • Slippery When Wet
    Slippery When Wet

    Episode 12 - Season 1 - March 20, 2014

    A lunch lady,  a dinner theater chef, a prodigal daughter, and a small town cook with big city dreams battle to prove they are worthy of the title of Chopped Canada Champion.  The chefs are dealt a slippery hand as they must work with smelts and smoky eel.

    Judges: Chuck Hughes, Lynn Crawford, Susur Lee

    Competing Chefs:
    Kieth Carlson (Age 37) from Claresholm, AB
    Sherry Gallinger (Age 35) from Kitchener, ON
    Missy Hui (Age 29) from Toronto, ON
    Pieter Van Meenen (Age 48) from Port Coquitlam, BC

  • The Sweet Taste of Success
    The Sweet Taste of Success

    Episode 11 - Season 1 - March 13, 2014

    This candy filled episode pits Quebec chefs vs. Ontario chefs in a heated battle for Chopped Canada Champion.  Black licorice and candy coated chocolates cause sweet struggles in the first two rounds, while a basket of woodsy and spicy flavours turns things upside down when it comes time for dessert.

    Judges: Lynn Crawford, John Higgins, Vikram Vij

    Competing Chefs:
    Lukas Gurtner (Age 24) from Montreal, QC
    Jason Nolan (Age 40) from Toronto, ON
    Tammi McGee (Age 35) from Gatineau, QC
    Damien Wilmot (Age 29) from Toronto, ON

  • You Can't Win If You Don't Plate
    You Can't Win If You Don't Plate

    Episode 10 - Season 1 - March 6, 2014

    A common breakfast ingredient causes the chefs to fritter away time and key ingredients miss making the plate.  Miso paste challenges the palate in a salty entrée basket and an eel of a surprise in the dessert round leaves the chefs looking for inventive ways to present old favourites.

    Judges: Chuck Hughes, Roger Mooking, Anne Yarymowich

    Competing Chefs:
    Kai Zyganiuk (Age 32) from Toronto, ON
    Kirk Weiss (Age 51) from London, ON
    Mark McCrowe (Age 30) from St. John's, NL
    Erik Kekes-Marshall (Age 25) from Toronto, ON

  • Offal to the Races
    Offal to the Races

    Episode 09 - Season 1 - February 27, 2014

    Strawberry and sausage stump four fabulous chefs in the appetizer round.  An offal entrée basket sets one chef apart from the rest, but will it be enough to survive the chopping block and win it all?  A marriage of marzipan and tarragon brings things to a brittle finish!

    Judges: Chuck Hughes, Anne Yarymowich, Vikram Vij

    Competing Chefs:
    Martin Juneau (Age 35) from Montreal, QC
    Simon McNeil (Age 42) from Vancouver, BC
    Paul McGreevy (Age 34) from Calgary, AB
    Trevor Ritchie (Age 28) from Toronto, ON

  • Ramp It Up
    Ramp It Up

    Episode 08 - Season 1 - February 20, 2014

    It's do(nut) or die as the chefs ramp up for the first round.  Octopus challenges the chefs to come up with three very different entrées, but ultimately, it's all about the pastry as the final chefs face off to create a dessert that will save them from the chopping block.

    Judges: Michael Smith, Vikram Vij, John Higgins

    Competing Chefs:
    Maurice Desharnais (Age 32) from St. Catherines, ON
    Anthony D'Ambrosio (Age 39) from Toronto, ON
    Whitney Mayes (Age 29) from North York, ON
    Jose Mendoza (Age 50) from Whitby, ON

  • Clams, Lamb, Thank You Ma'am
    Clams, Lamb, Thank You Ma'am

    Episode 07 - Season 1 - February 13, 2014

    Clams prove surprisingly difficult in the first round for these four chefs.  Kimchi strikes a tangy note in the entrée round, but a bold use of this one ingredient cannot make up for the quality of others.  Durian for dessert is a welcome, but stinky, challenge for two chefs whose inventiveness knows no bounds.

    Judges: Chuck Hughes, Roger Mooking, Susur Lee

    Competing Chefs:
    Luke Hayes-Alexander (Age 22) from Kingston, ON
    Jesse Fader (Age 31) from Toronto, ON
    Brianne Nash (Age 24) from Mississauga, ON
    William Tse (Age 40) from Vancouver, BC

  • The Trouble with Tuile
    The Trouble with Tuile

    Episode 06 - Season 1 - February 6, 2014

    Chefs squabble for first place in the appetizer round, and chemistry finds its way into the kitchen.  A creative use of rambutan sets one chef apart from the rest in the entrée round.  Will experience trump ingenuity when it comes to incorporating radishes and feta cheese in a show stopping dessert?

    Judges: Michael Smith, John Higgins, Anne Yarymowich

    Competing Chefs:
    Luca Cianciulli (Age 22) from Montreal, QC
    Adam Ryan (Age 26) from Orangeville, ON
    Mariel Montero Sena (Age 30) from Edmonton, AB
    Trevor Wilkinson (Age 44) from Toronto, ON

  • Just Desserts
    Just Desserts

    Episode 05 - Season 1 - January 30, 2014

    In this cavity-inducing episode of Chopped Canada, a different childhood sweet appears in each basket.  Our four chefs must really dig deep as they look to marry candy and fish, duck and snack cakes, and relish and graham crackers in this sweet episode. 

    Judges: Vikram Vij, Anne Yarymowich, Susur Lee

    Competing Chefs:
    Paul Lillakas (Age 24) from Toronto, ON
    Terrance Tew (Age 22) from St. Thomas, ON
    Eric Wood (Age 34) from Toronto, ON
    Bryan Birch (Age 30) from Toronto, ON

  • All's Fair in Cooking & War
    All's Fair in Cooking & War

    Episode 04 - Season 1 - January 23, 2014

    A seafood laden basket forces the chefs to shuck against time in the appetizer round.  Things take flight after that, when the quail hits the floor.  It's ice cream vs. ice cream in the dessert round as one chef's shot at 10K melts away.

    Judges: Chuck Hughes, Roger Mooking, Anne Yarymowich

    Competing Chefs:
    Steve Glavicich (Age 43) from Calgary, AB
    Robert Rose (Age 30) from Stratford, ON
    Alvin Viguilla (Age 26) from Toronto, ON
    Diana Johnstone (Age 31) from Squamish, BC

  • Food, Sweat, and Tears
    Food, Sweat, and Tears

    Episode 03 - Season 1 - January 16, 2014

    Things really heat up as four chefs tug at our heartstrings in this emotional episode of Chopped Canada. In the appetizer round, the competition tries not to choke on processed cheese and baked beans.  The entrée forces them to sharpen their skills with razor clams and hickory sticks.  Another family favourite makes an appearance in the dessert round, finding one chef right in his comfort zone.

    Judges: Roger Mooking, Lynn Crawford, John Higgins

    Competing Chefs:
    Adam Calzonetti (Age 35) from Guelph, ON
    Robin Wasicuna (Age 42) from Yellowknife, NWT
    Ryan Reed (Age 31) from Victoria, BC
    Michael Batke (Age 43) from Calgary, AB

  • Disheveled Until Dessert
    Disheveled Until Dessert

    Episode 02 - Season 1 - January 9, 2014

    Four chefs find themselves in a pickle at the start of this episode.  Competition heats up in the entrée round as one chef gets the cold (pork) shoulder.  A boozy basket yields two spectacular desserts, leaving the judges with a very difficult decision.

    Judges: Chuck Hughes, Roger Mooking, Anne Yarymowich

    Competing Chefs:
    Johan Maes (Age 39) from Toronto, ON
    Shelley Robinson (Age 49) from Kamloops, BC
    Patrick Vasiliauskas (Age 35) from Montreal, QC
    Daniel Janetos (Age 27) from Waterloo, ON

  • The Proof is in the Pudding
    The Proof is in the Pudding

    Episode 01 - Season 1 - January 2, 2014

    The chefs hash it out over mac & cheese loaf and one chef's appetizer is a cut above the rest.  Popcorn spices things up in the entrée round where all three chefs struggle to marry some unusual ingredients.  In the dessert round, the proof is in the butterscotch pudding as the chefs mirror each other’s desserts.

    Judges: Michael Smith, Vikram Vij, Anne Yarymowich

    Competing Chefs:
    Matt Binkley (Age 36) from Toronto, ON
    Jonathan O'Callaghan (Age 31) from Toronto, ON
    Tim Schorno (Age 38) from Bancroft, ON
    Stephanie Brewster (Age 46) from London, ON