From a media release:
VANCOUVERâ€™S DALE MACKAY DECLARED CANADAâ€™S TOP CHEF
- Beats Out Chefs Rossi and DeSousa in the Final Battle of The Season
- Top Rated Series in Food Network Canadaâ€™s History
Vancouver based Chef Dale MacKay is the inaugural winner of Top Chef Canada, as revealed in the fierce and emotional season finale of Top Chef Canada that aired tonight on Food Network Canada. Along with the Top Chef title, Dale will receive the grand prize of $100,000 and a GE Monogram Kitchen worth $30,000.
In the final episode, Chef MacKay took on fellow finalists Torontoâ€™s Chef Rob Rossi (formerly Mercatto) and Calgaryâ€™s Chef Connie DeSousa (CHARCUT). Chef DeSousa started out strong, winning the Quickfire Challenge, but it was Chef MacKayâ€™s impressive three-course meal prepared for guest judges David Hawksworth, Chef/Owner of Vancouverâ€™s Hawksworth; John Peller, Owner of Peller Estates; and Jason Parsons, Executive Chef at Peller Estates that earned him the title of Canadaâ€™s first Top Chef.
Before opening ensemble in May 2011, Chef MacKay had been a protÃ©gÃ© to world renowned Chef Gordon Ramsay at his restaurants in Tokyo, New York, and London. More recently, he was Executive Chef at LumiÃ¨re, Vancouverâ€™s Five Diamond, Four Star, Relais Gourmand establishment, managed by celebrated New York Chef Daniel Bouludâ€™s Dinex Group. As Executive Chef/Proprietor of ensemble, Chef MacKay aims to give Vancouverites an entirely new and exciting dining concept, combining classic French techniques with modern influences and flavour profiles from around the world.
Viewers who missed the season finale of Top Chef Canada can tune in to see it again on Saturday, July 9th at 7pm ET/PT on Food Network Canada or watch it online starting tomorrow at topchefcanada.ca More information about the eagerly anticipated second season of Top Chef Canada, set to air on Food Network Canada in 2012, will be revealed in the coming months.