- Status: Eliminated
- Age: 37
- Hometown: Toronto, ON
David Chrystian began working in restaurants in high school and immediately fell in love with the energy, long hours and pressure. Now the 37-year-old executive chef and co-owner of Victor restaurant at Le Germain Hotel in Toronto, David has proven himself a serious chef. However, the rise of David's career did not come without setbacks. After attending culinary school and working at some of Toronto's best restaurants in the 90's, David took his first big risk by opening Patriot Restaurant and Brassiere in Toronto. He believed the restaurant was a leader in the trend of Canadian cuisine; however, it ended up closing. Despite this, David continued to succeed as an executive chef at the Crowne Plaza and Drake Hotel. With his culinary achievements at a high, David’s personal life suffered. While working at the Drake Hotel, David’s marriage ended, he lost touch with friends and family, and ultimately felt burnt out. For a change of pace, he embarked on a North American culinary road trip to reinvigorate his passion for cooking and life experiences. Beginning a new chapter of life, David hopes the excitement of Top Chef Canada competition will take him to the next level of Canada’s culinary artistry. Visit Chef David Chrystian at Victor Restaurant in Toronto
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