From a retired pro-football player to a rural veterinarian, recording artist, bus driver, and Canadian military veteran, the home cooks competing in Season 2 of “MasterChef Canada” are as diverse as the dishes they will create. The hit series kicks off Sunday, Feb. 1 immediately following the Super Bowl on CTV and CTV Go, followed by a special encore Feb. 8 at 5pm ET/PT before Episode 2 hits its regular timeslot Sundays at 7pm ET/PT.
Chosen from a selection of food-loving applicants from all across the country, the talented home cooks will have to prove their worth to judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile.
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The selected Season 2 finalists put their heart – and signature dish – on a plate in the hopes of winning the $100,000 cash prize and the chance to be named Canada’s next MasterChef. Episodes of “MasterChef Canada” will also be available on demand on CTV GO following their broadcast premiere.
“The first season of ‘MasterChef Canada’ became an instant hit for CTV, and we’re looking forward to introducing this new group of incredibly talented home cooks to the country at 7 p.m. on Sunday nights,” said Phil King, President - CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. “Coming from a variety of backgrounds, these home cooks all have the passion and drive necessary to bring home the ‘MasterChef Canada’ trophy. Our viewers have a real foodie fight to look forward to this season.”
Following the initial rounds of the audition process, the premiere episode finds the home cook finalists entering the most nerve-wracking first phase of the competition as they present their signature dish for tasting by the judges. Only those with the most impressive plates receive a coveted white apron and have the opportunity to reach the next level of the competition. In the second episode, airing Sunday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, the auditions continue, and the remaining home cooks battle it out to make it into the Top 16 of ‘MasterChef Canada.’
The finalists cooking for the MASTERCHEF CANADA title are:
- Afaf Roubi, a Stay-at-Home Mom from Thornhill, Ont.
- Andrew Al-Khouri, a Tax Officer from Halifax, N.S.
- Anh Nguyen, a Business Student from Ottawa, Ont.
- Ann Wilchynski, an Educational Assistant from Sherwood Park, Alta.
- Carmen Araiza, an Actress, Writer, and Spanish Dialect Coach from Toronto, Ont.
- Chris Mask, a Firefighter and Paramedic from Wahnapitae, Ont.
- Christopher Siu, a Pharmacy Student from Markham, Ont.
- Clarissa Diokno, an Academic Research Telephone Interviewer from Waterloo, Ont.
- Cody Karey, a Recording Artist from Vancouver, B.C.
- David Jorge, a Concrete Contractor from Surrey, B.C.
- Deanna Brown, a Stay-at-Home Mom from Milestone, Sask.
- Debbie MacDonald, a Special Needs Teacher from Port Hood, N.S.
- Debra Pangestu, a Public Relations Officer from Richmond, B.C.
- Gav Martell, a VP, Product Management from Thornhill, Ont.
- Georgio Theofilpoulos, a Florist and Travel Agent from Toronto, Ont.
- Holli Miller, a Bank Teller from Bolton, Ont.
- Ian Giebelhaus, a Rural Veterinarian from Rimbey, Alta.
- Inder Kambo, Real Estate Sales from Brampton, Ont.
- Jennie Kelusky, a Marketing Coordinator and Office Manager from Toronto, Ont.
- Jennifer Innis, a Dental Hygienist from Vernon, B.C.
- Jon Hameister-Ries, a Retired Pro Football Player and Financial Advisor from Vancouver, B.C.
- Kat Wolf, a Film and Music Producer from Montréal, Que.
- Kenya Hushagen, a Freelance Film and TV Wardrobe Stylist from Edmonton, Alta.
- Kevin Gregory, an Application Engineer from Fredericton, N.B.
- Kristal Rice, a Hospital Administration Clerk from Gander, N.L.
- Kristen Dwyer, an Early Childhood Educator from Conception Bay South, N.L.
- Kwasi Douglas, a Community Facilitator from Ajax, Ont.
- Kyle McKenna, a Bartender from Paradise, N.L.
- Lauren Scheit, a Stay-at-Home Mom from Leduc, Alta.
- Line Pelletier, a Canadian Military Veteran and Computer Specialist from Moncton, N.B.
- Lisa Kacur, a Marketing Coordinator from Mississauga, Ont.
- Meg Tucker, a Radio Host from Red Deer, Alta.
- Michael Motamedi, an Entrepreneur from Toronto, Ont.
- Michelle ‘Mishie’ Gordiev, a Bus Driver from Winnipeg, MB
- Mina Tasic, a Pharmacist from Toronto, Ont.
- Mohit Sharma, an Event Manager and Personal Trainer from Whitby, Ont.
- Natalie Wallace, an Executive Assistant from Toronto, Ont.
- Nathan Young, Digital Media – Marketing from Toronto, Ont.
- Nikita Scringer, a Healthcare Sales Consultant from Calgary, Alta.
- Robert Mitchell, an HR Manager from Toronto, Ont.
- Sabrina Poirier, an Office Manager from Montréal, Que.
- Sebastien Champagne, a Graphic Designer from Montréal, Que.
- Shane Chagpar, an Engineer from Toronto, Ont.
- Shaunna Leinster, a Holistic Nutritionist from Brampton, Ont.
- Suzie Cui, a Casino Cashier Supervisor from Windsor, Ont.
- Tammy Wood, a Retail Clerk from Agassiz, B.C.
- Taj Chohan, an Accountant from Oakville, Ont.
- Ted Meisner, a Security Investigator from Ottawa, Ont.
- Ted Pechey, an Advertising Radio Sales and Volunteer Cooking Instructor from Prince Albert, Sask.
Stay tuned to MasterChefCanada.CTV.ca for exclusive content throughout the season. Fans can find additional details about this season’s finalists, and the ‘MasterChef Canada’ judges, as well as exclusive interviews, recipes, and more. The site will also feature over 80 videos, which will be revealed throughout the season, covering everything from how-to’s with the judges, to extended interviews with challenge winners, to exit interviews when home cooks leave the series. Viewers will also again have the opportunity to have their plating skills and impressive dishes to be judged by Michael Bonacini on Instagram. Starting each Monday following a new episode of ‘MasterChef Canada,’ fans can upload photos of their dishes on Instagram using #MCC, and each Friday the winners will be revealed.