- Status: Eliminated
- Age: 28
- Hometown: Markham, ON
Curtis Luk is a ‘mad scientist’ working in the culinary scene in Ottawa. Curtis completed his Masters in Mathematics at the University of Waterloo before beginning his career as a chef six years ago. He went to university to pursue a career in the software industry, but soon discovered his future was in the culinary world. Tired of the classroom, he chose to learn the trade through hands-on experience rather than going back to school. He decided to work at Château Lake Louise, after a thorough analysis of which restaurants he thought would provide him the ideal training to be a chef. He learned about large scale cooking at the hotel, before moving on to fine dining establishments in Ottawa. Continuing on his quest for culinary knowledge, he moved to Toronto to work at George Restaurant to learn from the esteemed chef Lorenzo Loseto. He proved his skill in the year he worked at George, working his way up from apprentice to Chef de Partie. The expectation was for perfection with no room for error so he always had to be on his game. On one side of his culinary equation, Curtis may lack some of the skills possessed by the other professionally trained candidates, but this self-proclaimed food nerd makes up for that with smarts.
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