Top Chef Canada

Top Chef Canada

Top Chef Canada - Episode Guide

Season 5

  • Lock It Up! It's The Finale
    Lock It Up! It's The Finale

    Episode 10 - Season 5 - June 4, 2017

    The Top Chef Canada: All-Stars Finale is here and the final three chefs go head-to-head in a high-stakes QuickFire Challenge. Later in their final challenge of the season, the chefs head to the historic Royal York Hotel for a course-to-course battle as the chefs serve their meals of a lifetime. Only one All-Star will win it all and become Canada’s Top Chef.

  • Final Four Showdown
    Final Four Showdown

    Episode 9 - Season 5 - May 28, 2017

    The QuickFire challenge is a high-speed cook-off where the final four chefs have 35 minutes to create as many dishes as possible with the help of some highly qualified sous-chefs – Top Chef Canada’s previous four champions. In their Elimination Challenge, the final four All-Stars head to the shores of Lake Ontario to grill Canadian game meat for an intimidating table of judges that includes James Beard award-winning Chef Normand Laprise and the winners of the first four seasons of Top Chef Canada.

  • Pleased to Decieve You

    Season 5 - May 21, 2017

    After receiving heartfelt video messages from their mentors, the final five chefs are challenged to create a dish using ingredients packed for them by those same mentors. In their Elimination Challenge, the chefs must use the art of deception to create hors d'oeuvres that look like one dish but are actually something completely different. Guest judge Chef Derek Dammann joins Mijune, Janet, Mark and Eden at the table to taste these deceiving delicacies.

  • Ice Cream, You Scream, All-Aboard!
    Ice Cream, You Scream, All-Aboard!

    Episode 7 - Season 5 - May 14, 2017

    In the QuickFire Challenge, the chefs fly blind and pick ingredients without knowing that they will be using them to make….ice cream! Later, in the Elimination Challenge, the All-Stars go deep underground to serve decadent late night eats to a crowd of 100 on the platform of Toronto’s Lower Bay subway station. Guest Judge Chef Grant van Gameren is on hand to determine who’s aboard and who will get left behind.

  • Happy Birthday Canada!
    Happy Birthday Canada!

    Episode 6 - Season 5 - May 7, 2017

    In this QuickFire Challenge, YouTube sensation Josh Elkin stops by to challenge the remaining chefs to create All-Star dishes using Krave Jerky.  For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must take an important moment in Canadian history and make a dish worthy of Canada’s 150th birthday. Chef Jeremy Charles is guest judge as the All-Stars serve their historic meals at the Royal Ontario Museum.

  • Retail Wars!
    Retail Wars!

    Episode 5 - Season 5 - April 30, 2017

    In the QuickFire Challenge, culinary superstar Daniel Boulud asks the chefs to re-create some of his favourite dishes…but the All-Stars are in for a very unexpected twist. The Elimination Challenge features a Top Chef first as the chefs are split into two teams to create the ultimate menu on-the-go for Retail Wars! Joining as guest judge is world-famous chef and retail food maven Lidia Bastianich.

  • Meals Made in Canada
    Meals Made in Canada

    Episode 4 - Season 5 - April 23, 2017

    In the QuickFire Challenge, the chefs must create their All-Star interpretation of what is becoming the most important meal of the day…brunch! For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs create All-Star quality dishes inspired by Canadian cities. Joining as guest judge is iconic Canadian Chef Lynn Crawford.

  • Feast from the Middle East
    Feast from the Middle East

    Episode 3 - Season 5 - April 16, 2017

    In the QuickFire challenge the chefs go back to their culinary roots to be tested by guest judge Chef John Higgins on the five French mother sauces. And later in the Elimination Challenge, the chefs are split into two teams to create three-course progressive menus showcasing the diverse and decadent flavours of Middle Eastern cuisine. Acclaimed cookbook author and master of middle-eastern cooking Sabrina Ghayour joins as guest judge at Diwan, Chef McEwan’s restaurant in the Aga Khan museum.

  • Street Markets of the World ... Unite!
    Street Markets of the World ... Unite!

    Episode 2 - Season 5 - April 9, 2017

    It’s a shuck off! In the QuickFire Challenge, the chefs face-off in a culinary skills tournament featuring fish filleting, shallot dicing, and oyster shucking. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs set off on a round-the world culinary adventure to cook dishes inspired by some of the world’s most famous street food markets. Chef Susur Lee is guest judge and joins the resident judges and a crowd of 75 for a Top Chef Canada pop-up street market at Toronto’s Artscape Wychwood Barns.

  • All-Stars Assemble
    All-Stars Assemble

    Episode 1 - Season 5 - April 2, 2017

    Top Chef Canada is back! In the season debut, Host Eden Grinshpan and Head Judge Mark McEwan welcome back 12 All-Star Chefs to compete in the most prestigious culinary competition in the country and battle it out for the title that has eluded them all: Canada’s Top Chef. For their first QuickFire in the brand-new Monogram kitchen, the chefs must create a dish that represents one of Canada’s four seasons. Later, in the Elimination Challenge, the chefs are challenged to take the ingredients from the dishes that sent them packing from their original seasons and use them to create an All-Star quality dish. At the table for this all-important first elimination are Eden, Chef McEwan, and a brand-new panel of expert resident judges, Chris Nuttall-Smith, Mijune Pak and Janet Zuccarini.

- Episode Guide

Season 4

  • Chefs, Start Your Engines

    Season 4 -

    In the QuickFire Challenge, the chefs face off in a culinary skills tournament featuring the ever-versatile egg. Things speed up in the Elimination Challenge as the chefs head to the racetrack where they create southern style street food for a group of race fanatics. The chefs prove who can cut it in the fast lane in this daring, high-speed challenge. Joining the judges table is Zane Caplansky and Chef Pino Posteraro.

  • Five Alarm Fire

    Season 4 -

    This episode’s hot and spicy QuickFire Challenge requires the chefs to showcase peppers that vary in intensity based on the Scoville Heat Scale. The competition gets even hotter in the Elimination Challenge as the chefs cook a buffet meal for Toronto’s Bravest at the Toronto Fire Academy – but they must first rescue their ingredients from a burning building. This action-packed challenge pits men against women to find out who can take the heat. Chef Roger Mooking joins as guest judge for both challenges.

  • Game, Set, Match

    Season 4 -

    The chefs are in knots for the QuickFire Challenge with Top Chef Canada season three winner Matthew Stowe who returns to judge the first ever Top Chef three-legged cook-off. The Elimination Challenge takes the chefs to the big leagues to cook for Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson at Real Sports Bar and Grill. In this challenge, the chefs must create their take on fine dining using classic snacks found at sports venues.

  • Lords And Ladies At The Castle

    Season 4 -

    In the QuickFire Challenge, the chefs are tasked to create a delectable dish using extreme and weird ingredients such as crocodile, cactus, crickets, mealworms, corn smut, and bull testicles. Food adventurer Bob Blumer stops by to judge which chefs have the strongest dish – and stomach. Later, a medieval food battle takes place at Casa Loma for the Elimination Challenge in which the chefs must create food fit for a king at a castle garden party. Guest judge is Chef Hugh Acheson and guest resident judge is Chef Lynn Crawford.

  • Restaurant Wars

    Season 4 -

    In this QuickFire Challenge, Iron Chef superstar judge Chef Morimoto puts the remaining chefs to the test to see what they can whip up using Canadian lentils. For the Elimination Challenge the chefs face off in Restaurant Wars – the ultimate test for any chef.  In this full-throttle battle, only one team can prevail. Joining Lisa, Mark and Chef Morimoto is guest resident judge Chef Lynn Crawford.

  • School's Out For The Chefs

    Season 4 -

    In the QuickFire Challenge the chefs are “as cool as a cucumber” after they’re tasked with creating a dish based on a popular food idiom for guest judge Chef Wylie Dufresne.  In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs head back to school to create a healthy lunch buffet using only real wholesome foods.  Chef Chuck Hughes and Top Chef Canada season 3 runner-up Danny Smiles guest judge to determine who has an A+ dish.

  • The Battle Of The Sexes

    Season 4 -

    In the season debut, 14 of the country’s best chefs arrive in Toronto to compete in Canada’s biggest and best culinary competition for the most extreme season yet. The culinary frenzy begins with the first QuickFire in which head judge Chef McEwan pairs the chefs up in a prep-and-cook relay race. Later, the Elimination Challenge marks the first Battle of the Sexes Challenge in which the men and women go head-to-head to create a five course tasting menu at the SoHo Met Hotel. Chef Susur Lee serves as guest judge and Chopped Canada host Dean McDermott and wife Tori Spelling join for this gender-themed cook off.

  • The Finale's Taboo

    Season 4 -

    The Top Chef Canada finale is here and the chefs make a Bond-style entrance as they drop into the final location to create the meal of a lifetime.  Only one will win it all and take home the title of Canada’s Top Chef.

  • The Science Of Food

    Season 4 -

    In the QuickFire Challenge, the chefs must create the best cookies ever for Chef Duff Goldman from Food Network’s Ace of Cakes.  In the Elimination Challenge, the final five chefs head to the Ontario Science Centre in an experimental challenge that explores molecular gastronomy as they create one last dish before the finale. Chef Susur Lee returns as guest judge.

  • The World According To Chang

    Season 4 -

    The QuickFire Challenge gets slippery as the chefs dig deep into a giant bowl of noodles to find a specific ingredient they must use in a noodle-inspired dish. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs pair off to create dishes for an Asian family style meal. In both challenges, the chefs compete to impress the legendary Chef David Chang of the Momofuku Restaurant Group who joins as guest judge.

Season 3

  • A Day at the Ballet

    Season 3 -

    For the Quickfire Challenge, Chef McEwan puts on his chef whites and cooks up an amazing dish in record time. Then the chefs need to make a dish that rivals Chef McEwan’s creation in the same amount of time – it is the reverse quickfire. For their Elimination Challenge, the chefs create canapés for a cocktail party in support of Canada’s National Ballet School. Guest judge is Canadian ballet star Rex Harrington.

  • Chefs on Safari

    Season 3 -

    In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a dish inspired by a classic cocktail.  For their Elimination Challenge the chefs head to the Toronto Zoo where they work as a team to create a special tasting menu inspired by different regions and animals. The winner of Top Chef: Las Vegas, Chef Michael Voltaggio, joins as guest judge.

  • Down on the Farm

    Season 3 -

    In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a dish using the contents of an MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) for the star of the hit TV series Survivorman, Les Stroud. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs divide into pairs and go on an old-fashioned scavenger hunt as they search for food to create a farm feast. Chef Robert Irvine from Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible joins as guest judge.

  • Here Come the Wives

    Season 3 -

    In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must make a decadent dessert for one of the stars of The Real Housewives of Vancouver, Jody Claman. In the Elimination Challenge, Jody asks the chefs to create luxurious and decadent party food for a garden party she is hosting for her friends from The Real Housewives of Vancouver.

  • Here Comes the Bride

    Season 3 -

    In this Quickfire Challenge, resident judge Shereen Arazam tests the chefs on their ability to properly create and price a dish in the first ever Top Chef Canada auction. Later in the Elimination Challenge, Shereen gets the chefs to help her with the menu for a surprise wedding shower for Top Chef Canada host Lisa Ray. Season one Chef Andrea Nicholson is guest judge.

  • My First Dish

    Season 3 -

    In the season debut, the 16 chefs arrive in Toronto where they meet for the first time and size up the competition. For their first Quickfire Challenge, head judge Chef Mark McEwan puts the chefs’ skills to test in a culinary relay race. Later in the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must recreate the very first dish that inspired them to become a chef. Chef Chuck Hughes (Chuck’s Day Off) joins as guest judge.

  • Our New National Dish

    Season 3 -

    In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs put their taste buds to the test in a head-to-head taste-off and in the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must come up with their take on what Canada’s New National Dish should be. Guest judging is David Rocco, host of David Rocco’s Amalfi Getaway.

  • Restaurant Wars

    Season 3 -

    In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs need to create their take on a frozen pizza for noted Italian Chef Massimo Capra of Restaurant Takeover. Then it is time for the Top Chef classic challenge, Restaurant Wars. The chefs split into two teams and battle it out for the best restaurant concept and execution. Joining the judges at the table this week is celebrated Montreal Chef Normand Laprise.

  • The Category is Food

    Season 3 -

    In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create the ultimate Vegan dish for the host of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, George Stroumboulopoulos. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs break into different groups and they must create dishes for different food service categories. The categories match the different operations of Senses Restaurant within their home at the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel. Guest judge for this challenge is internationally acclaimed chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud.

  • The Indian Feast

    Season 3 -

    In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a dish based on a destination that Toronto Pearson Airport serves. The trick is they need to create this dish on the tarmac at Canada’s busiest airport with planes landing and taking off all around them. Later in the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must create an Indian feast for the judges and guests Chef Vikram Vij and international comedy superstar Russell Peters.

  • The Roller Derby Smackdown

    Season 3 -

    In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create their own take on a coffee shop staple – the donut. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs need to create a healthy and balanced meal for a local roller derby match. Joining at judges table is Chef Elizabeth Falkner (The Next Iron Chef: Redemption) and WWE superstar Trish Stratus.

  • Up In The Air

    Season 3 -

    For the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs battle it out in a burger war to create the ultimate Top Chef burger and in the Elimination Challenge, they take flight. Each chef must create a multi-course meal for Air Canada’s Executive First Service – and they need to serve it on board an Air Canada 767 aircraft. Joining the judges is James Beard Award winning Chef Charlie Palmer.

  • Wild Rose Finale

    Season 3 -

    In the final episode, the chefs head to Calgary, Alberta and face-off for the title of Canada’s Top Chef. Connie DeSousa and Jann Arden join the Judges' Table.

Season 2

  • Finale In The Valley

    Season 2 - August 3, 2015

    In the final episode, the chefs are faced with a surprise twist. Guest judge is renown master of contemporary Indian cuisine, Vikram Vij.
  • Food Meets Fashion

    Season 2 - August 2, 2015

    For the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs create sweet and savoury pies for master baker chef Marc Thuet. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must create a “stylish” dish for a special fashion-focused lunch at Toronto’s Shops at Don Mills. Each chef is given the help of a surprise sous chef. Restaurateur Biana Zorich and noted food stylist and chef Jennifer McLagan act as guest judges.
  • The Italian Feast

    Season 2 - August 1, 2015

    In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a classic and refined dish using a classic convenience food and Sony Recording Artist Keisha Chante joins in judging. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must create a traditional Italian feast for a table of distinguished guests that includes the first lady of Italian cuisine and guest judge Chef Lidia Bastianich. Chef McEwan hosts this once-in-a-lifetime feast at his Italian eatery Fabbrica.
  • Show Us Your Soul

    Season 2 - July 31, 2015

    In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs create a child-friendly dish for Top Chef Canada season one winner Dale MacKay and his son Ayden. Later in the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must create a dish inspired by soul food for a very special meal that is judged by internationally acclaimed chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelson.
  • Into The Wild

    Season 2 - July 30, 2015

    In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a dish using ingredients found in an everyday vending machine with Spenny Rice of Kenny vs. Spenny as a special guest. In this Elimination Challenge, the chefs go camping to create a wild brunch in the middle of nowhere after spending the night in the great outdoors. Chef Roger Mooking of Everyday Exotic acts as guest judge.
  • Lights, Camera, Action!

    Season 2 - July 29, 2015

    Chef McEwan puts the chefs’ skills to the test in the culinary skills Quickfire Challenge. For the Elimination Challenge, Top Chef Canada goes on location to feed the cast and crew of the hit Showcase series Lost Girl. The chefs must work as a team to create a Top Chef-worthy menu that follows the strict dietary needs for a hard working cast and crew. Executive Chef Michael Blackie from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa acts as guest judge.
  • A Classic Deconstruction

    Season 2 - July 28, 2015

    In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a dish using traditional canned goods. During the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must deconstruct a traditionally classic dish for a table of food lovers which includes Top Chef All-Stars champion, Chef Richard Blais.
  • Restaurant Wars

    Season 2 - July 27, 2015

    In the high stakes Quickfire Challenge, Chef McEwan asks the remaining chefs to create their take on a classic lunchtime combo. Later, it is time for the classic Top Chef challenge – Restaurant Wars! Divided into two teams, each group must create – and execute – a brand new restaurant concept in 24 hours. The home base for this challenge is the flagship operation of internationally acclaimed chef and restaurateur, Susur Lee, who also acts as a guest judge.
  • Food Through Time

    Season 2 - July 26, 2015

    In this episode, the chefs must create a game day snack using a surprising mandatory ingredient. Special guest Number Nine of the Toronto Maple Leafs Colby Armstrong judges the chefs’ game snacks. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must take a trip back in time to create dishes for a fancy cocktail party. Special 80s star Alan Thicke acts as guest judge.
  • Isn't It Offal?

    Season 2 - July 25, 2015

    In the Quickfire Challenge, Chef McEwan puts a dramatic twist on the classic Blindfold Taste Test. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs are asked to create a tasting menu that reflects “nose-to-tail” cooking for the master of that food movement, Chef Chris Cosentino. Joining the judges table is Executive Chef of Parts and Labour, Chef Matty Matheson.
  • Here Comes The Stork

    Season 2 - July 24, 2015

    The Quickfire Challenge requires the chefs to create a dish that fuses two radically different ingredients to create one amazing dish. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs are divided into pairs to create food for a baby shower in honour of Top Chef Canada season one host Thea Andrews and resident judge Shereen Arazm, both of whom are expecting their second children.
  • Building A Home For Friends

    Season 2 - July 23, 2015

    In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a refined dish under the critical eye of HGTV star and guest judge Mike Holmes. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs divide into teams to create a meal for hungry Habitat for Humanity construction workers.
  • Home Is Where The Heart Is

    Season 2 - July 22, 2015

    In the season debut, the 16 Canadian chefs fighting to become Canada’s next Top Chef arrive for the competition and are thrown into battle in a dramatic Quickfire Challenge at Chef Mark McEwan’s stunning Toronto restaurant, Bymark. Later, in the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must use their hometown as inspiration to create a memorable dish and Chef Michael Smith acts as guest judge.

Season 1

  • Finale

    Season 1 - June 13, 2015

    In the final episode, the remaining chefs are first challenged to create a BBQ beach picnic for a group of hungry volleyball players using Richard’s, Red, White and Dark Beers. In their final Elimination Challenge, the chefs must create a multi-course meal of their own design. The chefs are given a secret ingredient upon arrival at the restaurant. The winner of this very important meal is declared Canada’s Top Chef.
  • Chef McEwan’s Favourite Things

    Season 1 - June 12, 2015

    In this episode, the chefs start off with a Quickfire that challenges them to create a dish inspired by popular Canadian movies (Porky’s, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Naked Lunch, Bon Cop/Bad Cop). For their Elimination Challenge, the chefs are invited to have breakfast with Chef McEwan and discuss his favourite foods. Later, the chefs must use that information to create a special family style meal for Mark and some very close friends.
  • Surf and Turf

    Season 1 - June 11, 2015

    In this episode, the chefs are challenged to take haute cuisine to the street. For the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs create two distinctive dishes with international flair that can be served from a street cart in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square. In their Elimination Challenge, the chefs choose from a selection of seafood to create three distinct dishes in a very short period of time.
  • A Day in the Life of Canadian Food

    Season 1 - June 10, 2015

    In this episode, the chefs draw inspiration from the Canadian landscape. For the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs create three distinctive Porter Airline snack boxes for the commuter airline’s consideration to serve in flight. For their Elimination Challenge, the chefs must choose a distinct region of Canada and create a day’s worth of meals from their chosen region. Regions featured include: BC Interior, Wild Rose Country, The Prairies, Ontario Greenbelt, La Belle Province, and the Maritimes.
  • The Numbers Game

    Season 1 - June 9, 2015

    In the Quickfire Challenge the chefs must create a dish using only a certain number of ingredients as determined by a knife pull. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must create an amazing dish that could easily be recreated by the everyday Loblaws customer using a specific number of President’s Choice™ signature products. The chefs serve their creations to a group of everyday Loblaws shoppers.
  • Restaurant Wars

    Season 1 - June 8, 2015

    In the signature Top Chef challenge, Restaurant Wars, the chefs are tasked with creating a restaurant concept, menu and performing a full service for a restaurant full of discerning diners. The remaining chefs are split into two teams of four and each given a section of Chef McEwan’s popular Toronto eatery Bymark to debut their menus. In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs join forces to compete in the ever challenging Blind Fold Relay Race.
  • Life’s Little Milestones

    Season 1 - June 7, 2015

    In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a dish using the secret ingredient, All Bran Cereal. During the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must create a special occasion menu for a group of couples celebrating a special anniversary. The chefs are split into three different groups and must create a selection of appetizers, mains and deserts that are described as “Familiar Food with a Twist.”
  • The French Feast

    Season 1 - June 6, 2015

    In this episode, the chefs recreate their version of the classic Canadian snack food poutine for the Quickfire Challenge. Later, they dive deep into the world of classic French cuisine. Each must prepare a ten-course menu that features classic French proteins for an internationally-acclaimed French chef and restaurateur.
  • Pork to the People

    Season 1 - June 5, 2015

    In this episode, the chefs go whole hog as they work with a favourite ingredient – PORK. For the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must properly butcher a whole pig. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs use the same pork they butchered to create dishes at George Brown Chef’s School for a cocktail party in support of Food Banks of Canada. Senior students from the Chef’s School at George Brown lend a helping hand.
  • Food From Around the World

    Season 1 - June 4, 2015

    With a focus on food from around the world, the chefs must create their own unique salad for the Quickfire Challenge.
  • From Russia with Vodka

    Season 1 - June 3, 2015

    The remaining chefs compete in the classic Top Chef Blindfold Taste Test for the Quickfire Challenge. Later, the chefs divide into teams to create a traditional Russian Zakusky – tapas style meal – using pure filtered vodka.
  • Cheese Glorious Cheese
    Cheese, Glorious Cheese

    Episode 9 - Season 1 - June 2, 2015

    In the high stakes Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create an inspired breakfast dish using 100% cow’s milk cheese from the Dairy Farmers of Canada. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs host an art gallery cocktail party where they serve hors d’oeuvres that use cheese to paint a picture of their teammate.
  • Getting to know you

    Season 1 - June 1, 2015

    In the series debut, viewers meet the 16 chefs who will compete for the title of Canada’s Top Chef. The first Quickfire Challenge of the season tests their kitchen prowess in a heated culinary skills tournament. In the Elimination Challenge, head judge Chef Mark McEwan challenges the competitors to create a dish that tells a story of who they are.