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Elizabeth Rivasplata
  • Status: Eliminated
  • Age: 31
  • Hometown: Lima, Peru

Elizabeth Rivasplata, the 31-year-old sous chef at the Art Gallery of Ontario, was urged to apply for Top Chef Canada by head chef Anne Yarymowich. Liz is originally from Lima, Peru where she was the country’s Tae Kwon Do champion for 12 years. Being an elite athlete helped her prepare for the tough, competitive nature of the culinary world. It was Liz’s father who encouraged her to become a chef when her long reign as Peru’s champion ended. At 17, she took his advice and went to Lima’s Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. At 20, she moved to Miami. During those early years in restaurants, Liz realized the divide between men and women in the kitchen. She understood that she had to work harder to compete in a male dominated industry. In Europe, that lesson was reinforced tenfold and it served to strengthen Liz’s resolve. After a year of living abroad, she returned to North America more determined than ever to make her mark. Liz moved to Canada seven years ago and uses her skills to showcase the type of talent Canada’s finest female chefs have to offer. Visit Elizabeth at the Art Gallery of Ontario's Frank Restaurant.

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