On Monday, June 11th, Vancouver’s very own Matthew Stowe was crowned the winner of the third season of Top Chef Canada.
Stowe, who is a product development chef at The Cactus Club restaurant chain, rose above the sixteen other participants on the show. After a final face off at The Rush Restaurant in Calgary, it was clear that he was the winner.
The season was made up of thirteen episodes, each of which showcased a different cooking challenge. Although Stowe faced some minor setbacks, like in the second to last episode when the pasta dish he cooked for the in-flight meal challenge received criticism from the judges, he was also highly prasied for his abilities in the kitchen.
Head judge Mark McEwan told the Vancouver Sun “Matt is a highly skilled cook, he is meticulous and doesn’t waste a movement. I often refer to him as the kitchen drill sergeant for his precision and focus to detail. He has such a vast knowledge base and is able to think quickly and make extremely smart decisions. He is a great role model for young chefs and very much deserves this title.”
Along with being crowned as top chef, the winner also receives $30,000 dollars worth of GE monogrammed kitchen equipment, as well as a check for $100,000, which Stowe reportedly plans to spend on toys for his son Gavin, who turned one year old while he was filming in Toronto.