Spoiler Alert: This post contains spoilers for episode 4, “Chefs Start Your Engines.”
In the latest high-octane episode of Top Chef Canada, chef and owner of Vancouver’s Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca, Pino Posteraro (pictured left), joined Shereen Arazm, Lisa Ray, fellow guest Zane Caplansky and Mark McEwan at the judges’ table.
We asked Italian-born Pino a few questions about his time on Top Chef Canada sampling southern-style street food created by the chefs for the elimination challenge:
Q: Which competitor’s dish surprised you the most?
A: The escargot slider.
Pierre and Karine’s Escargot “Slow Rider” Slider Served on a Fresh Baked Bun with Aioli and Pickled French Green Beans.
He wasn’t the only one surprised. Shereen Arazm exclaimed after trying this “Slow Rider” Slider that she loves when the chefs surprise them like this. In a good way, of course!
Q: What would you have to done to make a losing dish a winner?
A: I would have advised the chefs [Terry, Evelynn and Shelley] to use more heart, better thinking on what the theme of the episode was and to keep it more simple.
Terry, Evelynn and Shelley’s Prosciutto Wrapped Prawn with Grilled Peaches, Corn Salsa, Cabbage Slaw and Chimichurri Sauce.
The other judges were also perplexed by this team’s approach to southern style street food; the flavours and components didn’t fit the theme at all and there was too much going on with the dish.
Q: What advice do you have for the remaining chefs?
A: Stay humble, focused, think about the execution of your next dish.
A sneak peek of the chefs that moved onto the next episode. They’re getting details on the quickfire challenge from Top Chef Canada season 3 winner Matthew Stowe.
And with Pino’s answers to these questions, we can definitely say that he is a team player:
Q: What is your favourite restaurant in Toronto?
A: Any of Mark McEwan’s restaurants.
Judge Mark McEwan is a seasoned veteran of the Toronto dining scene and has four destination restaurants in the city.
Q: What is your favourite deli meat?
A: I have to say Caplansky’s!
Fellow guest judge on this episode and Donut Showdown host Zane Caplansky’s delicatessen is famous for its smoked meat.