BC Chef Wins Top Chef Canada Season 2

13 episodes and 10lbs later, Season 2 of Top Chef Canada has come to an end.  The Winner of Top Chef Canada Season 2 is,  Carl Heinrich from Sooke, BC.

Hailing from the small town of Sooke, BC, Carl Heinrich is the 26-year-old executive chef at Marben restaurant in Toronto. Although young, he has been working in kitchens since he was 13 years old and is extremely driven and accomplished for his age.

Carl Heinrich, the wunderkind chef of Marben, announced via Twitter that he’s leaving to start a “new project” with Ryan Donovan, his butcher and partner in crime at the Wellington Street restaurant. There aren’t many details yet on the new project—Donovan tweeted, somewhat cryptically, that the location was “#parkdale,  #junction,  #little portugal”—but this is sure to set off the usual, mostly unfounded speculation about what Heinrich will do with his $100,000 grand prize.

For a Canadian TV show, this show has great production value. I usually don’t watch a lot of Canadian TV (unless it’s for work), but Top Chef Canada is an exception. This season was impressive, from the food to the guest judges, Top Chef Canada did everything right.

Last season winner, Vancouver’s very own Dale MacKay, opened his own restaurant, ensemble. A casual and modern French restaurant, ensemble is located in the former Corner Suite building downtown at Smithe and Haro, just off Robson Street.

The Canadian adaptation of the international smash hit has consistently been Food Network’s top ranked series.  A national casting call for Canada’s next Top Chef has begun, with applications available at www.topchefcanada.ca . The deadline for submitting applications is June 19, 2012.

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