Top Chef Canada Finale Heads West

Food Network Canada reality show films season finisher in Calgary.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Top Chef Canada

One of Food Network Canada's most popular series, "Top Chef Canada," has announced that its finale will be held in Calgary – it's the first time the program has visited the western city.

Just before the classic cocktail-themed Quickfire Challenge in Monday night’s episode with guest judge, mixologist and Toronto’s BarChef owner Frankie Solarik, the chefs learned that their destiny would be chosen while in Calgary.

“A big part of what makes 'Top Chef Canada' so successful is the dramatic twists and turns that unfold throughout the series,” said Barb Williams, SVP Content at Shaw Media, in a press release. “Taking the chefs out of their comfort zones and into a brand new city adds a huge element of surprise and intrigue that is sure to keep viewers on the edges of their seats. As one of Canada’s most innovative dining destinations, Calgary truly is an ideal backdrop for the season finale.”

"Calgary's history with food is as diverse as the landscape that surrounds the city," said John Brunton, Executive Producer at Insight Production Company Ltd. "From their famous pancake breakfasts at the Stampede to cutting edge fusion restaurants that are getting national recognition, Calgary is the perfect place to end another great season of 'Top Chef Canada.'”

Added Gisele Danis, Tourism Calgary Vice-President of Marketing & Communications, “Tourism Calgary is thrilled to showcase our city’s innovative culinary scene to 'Top Chef Canada' viewers. We hope it will give a glimpse of the metropolitan energy, culture and people that make up this talented city."

The season finale will feature some of the city’s landmarks, like Prince’s Island Park on the river in the heart of the city, where the Quickfire Challenge tasks the chefs with creating and executing their very own food truck concept. The Elimination Challenge will then take place in Rush Restaurant and Bar in the city’s downtown business district where the chefs must each prepare a five-course meal that best reflects their talents. Special guest judges include "Top Chef Canada" season 1 finalist Connie DeSousa, now the co-executive chef and co-owner of CHARCUT Roast House, along with JUNO Award-winning songstress and Calgary native Jann Arden and Rush Restaurant owner Lance Hurtubise.

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