Carl Heinrich, the 27-year-old winner of Top Chef Canada Season 2, is even cuter in person... and sweet. He admitted to shedding a tear watching the finale last night for the first time. (If you missed it don't worry, you can watch it here) I cried too, especially when he called his girlfriend on the phone to tell her he is Canada's Top Chef. You probably did too. Right?
So what's he doing with his $100,000 prize? Opening his very own restaurant in Toronto's Yonge and Richmond area, of course. The Richmond Station will open sometime in August. The food will be what Chef Carl does best -- from farm to table.
The Top Chef Canada winner also told me Marcus Samuelsson was the most intimating of the judges -- he's still reeling from Samuelsson's comment that his food lacked, "soul." (ouch!) That, he admits, was a hard criticism to take.
During our chat, he talked about the biggest learning from the show, whether he's going to ask his gal to marry him, and whether or not he'd make that ice course again (you know the one Resident Judge Mark McEwan raked him over the coals for? ). His answer may surprise you.
Congratulations Carl! And I'll see you in the 'hood (turns out we're neighbours btw).