About the Host
One of Canada's best known celebrity chefs and an award-nominated cookbook author, Lynn Crawford has over 25 years of culinary experience.
Lynn was the executive chef for the Four Seasons Hotel in both Toronto and New York. She is currently the chef/owner of Ruby Watchco, a market inspired, chef driven, comfort food restaurant in Toronto's east end, which has garnered critical acclaim as one of the best restaurants in the country since opening in 2010.
On the television front, Lynn was the first female Canadian chef invited to participate in Food Network's Iron Chef America in a battle against Iron Chef Bobby Flay in 2007. This year, the culinary battle continued as she competed on Top Chef Masters season five. Lynn also stars in the popular Food Network Canada series, Pitchin' In. The series follows Lynn as she visits farmers, growers, and fishermen across North America in search of the freshest and best ingredients. Throughout her journey, she takes on any challenge, relying on locals to show her how it's done. Lynn's dynamic hosting in the series was nominated for a Gemini Award in 2010 and 2011.
Pitchin' In inspired Lynn's first and best-selling cookbook, Pitchin' In: More Than 100 Great Recipes From Simple Ingredients, released in 2012. Reflected in the cookbook is Lynn's cooking philosophy that the creation of a delicious meal requires passion and quality ingredients. Her second cookbook, At Home with Lynn Crawford, was released in September 2013. Simple, real home cooking that's full of great flavour is the secret to Lynn's favourite everyday recipes that she serves at home.
Lynn has received numerous professional awards, including the Ontario Hostelry Institute's Chef of the Year (2013), Chevalier du Fromage (2007); Thomas Jefferson Award Honoree from The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (2008) and Consumer's Choice Business Woman of the Year (2011). She was also named the spokesperson for the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour (2008).