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June 13, 2013

Mark McEwan talks about Top Chef Canada’s future

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Viewers at Richmond Station watch Mark McEwan as he hosts the finale of Top Chef Canada’s third season. (Julia Pelish/Vacay.ca)

[This report was originally published on Vacay.ca on June 10]

Speak to Mark McEwan about Top Chef Canada and you’ll get the sense the show has many seasons ahead of it.

McEwan, the head judge for the popular Food Network cooking competition, said he is thoroughly enjoying the production, which wrapped up its third season on Monday night.

“I’m just having a blast with it and it’s only going to get better,” McEwan said at Richmond Station, a Toronto restaurant operated by last year’s Top Chef Canada winner, Carl Heinrich.

Richmond Station hosted an invitation-only showing of the Season 3 finale. Tourism Calgary sponsored the event because its city was the setting for the final episode, which crowned Matthew Stowe as the victor. Calgary is also aiming to tout its brigade of outstanding restaurants in hopes of attracting culinary travellers. The city landed eight restaurants on the 2013 Vacay.ca Top 50 Restaurants in Canada Guide, announced last month. It also had a handful of contestants in Season 3 of Top Chef Canada, but the title went to a Vancouverite.

A product development chef for the Cactus Club chain of restaurants in British Columbia, Stowe wins the $100,000 grand prize. He also joins Heinrich and Dale Mackay as Top Chef Canada winners. Of all the Top Chef Canada competitors so far, however, the most successful has been Season 1 runner-up Connie DeSousa, who was at the Richmond Station event. Her CHARCUT restaurant in Calgary has won wide acclaim, and landed at No. 5 on the 2013 Vacay.ca Top 50 list, while DeSousa won the Vacay.ca award for Top Female Chef in the country, chosen by the 34 judges from across the country.

“I just love Connie’s food,” McEwan said. “I really thought she would win Season 1, but in the finale there was just a problem with one dish and that’s what cost her.”

DeSousa was one of the guest judge’s on the Season 3 finale, along with Jann Arden, the Calgary-based singer-songwriter.

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August 9, 2011

Ensemble an incredible achievement for Vancouver’s ‘Top Chef’

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Bar manager Christopher Cho keeps the drinks and the good times coming at Ensemble.

VANCOUVER — On the night of the Vancouver riots, while everyone else in the city was consumed with what might catch fire, the staff at the city’s most talked about new restaurant were worried about what might float away. The restaurant in a building that’s been called “cursed” suffered a freak flood that bar manager Christopher Cho said left the dining room covered in three inches of water and forced the restaurant to close for two weeks.

“We were called down there early in the morning and when I first heard about it I thought that one of the rioters had smashed in some windows or something,” said Cho. Turns out, a water heater tank had burst, giving the restaurant reason to re-decorate early in its life.

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