Fanshawe professor crowned winner of Chopped Canada series premiere.
Fanshawe professor Stephanie Brewster (below right) edged out her competition and won a $10,000 prize on the premiere episode (January 2, 2014) of Chopped Canada on Food Network Canada.
Chopped Canada is a high stakes culinary competition show where four chefs compete before a panel of expert judges.
Armed with skill and ingenuity, chefs race against the clock to turn mystery ingredients into an extraordinary three-course meal. Course by course the chefs are chopped from the competition until only one remains.
Chopped Canada is the first Canadian edition of the hugely popular Food Network U.S. series Chopped.
In the premiere episode, the chefs were challenged to create an appetizer using ingredients such as bone marrow, mac and cheese loaf and anchovy paste. The entrée round saw the competitors use ingredients such as five spice powder, strawberry powder and tofu. In the dessert round, the two finalists created similar dishes, presenting their own interpretation of bread pudding.
Brewster is a chef instructor at Fanshawe and has over 25 years of experience in the industry. She participated in Chopped Canada to prove to her students that she is not just a great teacher, but also a great chef.
Brewster faced stiff competition from her fellow contestants, including Matt Binkley, a private chef who has cooked for celebrities and royalty around the world; Jonathan O'Callaghan, chef de partie at Museum Tavern in Toronto; and Tim Schorno, executive chef at The Granite Restaurant in Bancroft, Ontario.
"We are so proud of Stephanie and her win on Chopped Canada," says Jeannine Cookson, chair of Fanshawe's School of Tourism and Hospitality. "We are fortunate to have a team of chefs and faculty members, like Stephanie, who work every day to ensure our students receive only the best training and career preparation for this industry."