Top Chef Canada

Top Chef Canada

Host

Host

Eden Grinshpan

Toronto-born Eden Grinshpan is a television personality and cook best known for her Cooking Channel shows  Eden Eats  and  Log On and Eat with Eden Grinshpan. She is currently a judge on Food Network's Chopped Canada and is a regular contributor for the new Dean and Deluca podcast Live from Prince Street. Previously, Eden was a guest co-host on VH1 Big Morning Buzz and a judge on Food Network Canada and Cooking Channel’s Donut Showdown and Sugar Showdown.
 
A graduate from Le Cordon Bleu, Eden has a “Grande Diplome” in both pastry and cuisine. After graduating, she took her love of culinary and travel to India, Israel and Southeast Asia learning the cultures and cuisines of the countries she explored. 
 
While in India, Eden volunteered with a variety of organizations including an orphanage called Ramanas Garden where she re-opened a café to raise money and awareness for the orphanage. 
 
After returning to North America, Eden headed to New York City, where she completed a management program at The Institute of Culinary Education and met her business partner Samantha Schutz. Together, they created their first series Eden Eats. 

Eden has recently partnered with Esquared Hospitality in New York City and is in the process of opening a contemporary middle eastern restaurant for the fall of 2017. 

Facebook: EdenEats 
Twitter: @edeneats
Instagram: @edeneats

Head Judge

Head Judge

Mark McEwan

From his early years as Canada’s youngest executive chef ever at Toronto’s upscale Sutton Place Hotel, to his latest endeavour, trendy resto bar Fabbrica, McEwan is never content to rest on his laurels. 
 
McEwan has led the restaurant scene in Toronto for many years. He joins the ranks of the truly innovative with ground-breaking Toronto standards from North 44 to Bymark to the always interesting ONE, a staple for the “see and be seen” crowd in Yorkville. With Fabbrica, he has taken another turn and captivated customers with rustic Italian fare in a warm, yet contemporary setting at The Shops at Don Mills.  
 
But, it doesn’t stop with dining -- in early 2009 he opened the upscale gourmet food market McEwan at The Shops at Don Mills.  
 
His best-selling cookbook Great Food at Home added author to his resumé and he hasn’t stopped there. In late 2011, Mark, with the help of Jacob Richler, once again wowed us with Fabbrica, the cookbook based on the recipes featured in his latest restaurant. 
 
Mark has also added television personality to his long list of talents and is the head judge on Food Network Canada’s Top Chef Canada. His first show for Food Network Canada, The Heat, was a riveting behind the scenes look at North 44 Caters as well as the building of McEwan’s grocery store. Mark’s cookware line by Fresco is sold nationally across Canada and with his chef’s stamp of approval for a high quality product in the kitchen. 
 
In 2013 Mark paired with OTG Management to consult on menus for two restaurant concepts that were built at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport; Fetta and Nobel have received many accolades since their openings that year. Mark’s grocery store McEwan also took on the task of feeding commuters, there are now 10 grab and go stations in the airport that feature a selection of sandwiches, salads, snackboxes and mini meals all made and shipped daily from the store to the terminals. 
 
Mark has brought his celebrated McEwan food store to the downtown Toronto core, situated in the PATH under the TD Tower. The new location concentrates on prepared foods; making breakfast, lunch and dinner on the go a breeze. 
 
Facebook: TheMcEwanGroup 
Twitter: @Chef_MarkMcEwan
Instagram: @chefmarkmcewan

Resident Judge

Resident Judge

Chris Nuttall-Smith

Chris Nuttall-Smith is a well-known food writer and critic, most recently with The Globe and Mail, where a profile in The Guardian (UK) said of his weekly restaurant column, "His influence, both positive and negative, is colossal.” 

He has also served as food editor, chief restaurant critic and dining columnist at Toronto Life and in 2009 won a National Magazine Award (one of four so far) for his writing of enRoute magazine’s annual list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants. 

He’s travelled the world on his stomach, eating fried chicken and okra in Afghanistan, shashlik and sugar beets in Iran, and millet porridge in Uganda, where he spent a month living in a tent under a mango tree.

Chris’s writing about food and other subjects has appeared in Lucky Peach, Esquire, Toronto Life, enRoute, The Wall Street Journal and New York magazine. 

For the first time in his career, Chris makes his small screen debut with Top Chef Canada: All-Stars as resident judge.

Twitter: @cnutsmith
Instagram: @cnutsmith

Resident Judge

Resident Judge

Mijune Pak

Mijune is an international food personality, creator of FollowMeFoodie.com and former food columnist at WE Vancouver. Featured as one of "The World's Most Extreme Foodies" in The Sunday Times and named “Must Follow” by The Social Media Awards, she recently joined Food Network Canada’s Top Chef Canada: All-Stars as a resident judge. She is also a judge for the BC Product of the Year Award and The Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards. 
 
In the realm of social media, Mijune holds a strong and respected voice. She maintains a loyal following on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. With an increasing audience of social media users and food enthusiasts, she continues to influence the food industry and social media community locally and worldwide.

As well as curating and hosting culinary events, Mijune is the youngest and first social media influencer to be invited to join the BC Chef’s Association’s Board of Directors (April 2012 – June 2014). After establishing a credible reputation in Vancouver, Follow Me Foodie has gained recognition on a global scale. This has led to invitations by various countries and companies to explore food internationally.

Follow Me Foodie is known for its bold, detailed, well researched and honest approach with clearly stated disclosures. From recommendations, restaurant experiences, events, culinary competitions, tours, and recipes, readers will find anything food related on this website.

Facebook: Follow Me Foodie 
Twitter: @followmefoodie
Instagram: @followmefoodie

Resident Judge

Resident Judge

Janet Zuccarini

As the sole owner and visionary behind Gusto 54, Janet stands out as a woman and entrepreneur in the restaurant industry. She is the driving force and soul behind Gusto 54. In 1996, she opened Trattoria Nervosa in Toronto's Yorkville area. In 2012, Gusto 101 launched in Toronto’s King West area; and two years later, PAI Northern Thai Kitchen launched in the same neighbourhood. In 2015, Gusto 54’s Catering and Commissary Kitchen were added to the growing roster. Shop Gusto 54 online lifestyle boutique hits the market in 2017 with an anticipated food product line launch to follow. 

An adventurous traveler, Janet has her finger on the unique pulse of the restaurant and food world. Today she marries that passion with her entrepreneurial spirit by curating innovative and delicious dining experiences. She also happens to be the first woman in Canada to become an AVPN certified pizzaiola. Her vision is to expand the Gusto 54 customer experiences in unexpected and memorable ways on a global scale. Janet holds an MBA from Boston University in Rome where she lived for eight years.

One could say that Janet has a full plate. In 2017, Janet makes her television debut as a resident judge on Top Chef Canada: All-Stars and plans to open a number of restaurants in Toronto including Chubby's Jamaican Kitchen, Kiin, Same Same, Gusto 501 and Los Angeles-based restaurant, Felix.  

Twitter: @janetzuccarini
Instagram: @janetzuccarini