Get to Know New Top Chef Canada Judge David Zilber

Now in its 10th year, Top Chef Canada is officially back for Season X, and they’ve brought on a very exciting new judge: David Zilber, a professional chef, fermenter, photographer and author hailing from Toronto, Canada. He has worked in some of the world’s top kitchens since 2004, most notably serving as the director of the world renown Fermentation Lab at Restaurant Noma from 2016-2020, employing fungi and bacteria to transform foodstuffs into bold new ingredients. In his time there, he authored the New York Times bestseller, The Noma Guide to Fermentation, and through his passion for the sciences and the arts, became a voice for science communication for a new generation of cooks and enthusiasts in the world of food and fermentation.


His joy for sharing knowledge has led him to teach and lecture at the likes of Harvard, Cambridge, and the University of Gastronomic Sciences. He currently works from Copenhagen as a food scientist on the frontiers of flavour and innovation, employing the help of microbes to build a more just and sustainable food system for all.

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This season of Top Chef Canada premieres on Monday, September 26 at 10ep. Watch and stream your favourite Food Network Canada shows anytime, live or on demand on STACKTV and the Global TV App. Visit the Where to Watch page for more information.