All-Star Home Cooks
Chef and Restaurateur/MasterChef Canada Judge
November 25, 2014
One of Canada’s most celebrated and visionary chefs, Claudio Aprile is the owner and creative force behind the growing Orderfire Restaurant Group, which includes Toronto’s acclaimed Origin brand restaurants. Aprile was born in Uruguay, grew up in Toronto, and has travelled, lived, and worked internationally. He has spent his professional life in kitchens working through the ranks becoming the successful restaurateur that he is today.
Throughout his 30+ year career, Aprile has passed through some of the most renowned kitchens around the globe. Bali Sugar in London earned him outstanding reviews as a young executive chef, where he received local and international critical acclaim. Upon returning to Toronto in 2000, Aprile cemented that reputation at Senses in Toronto, where he wowed critics and diners alike with his innovative use of experimental cooking techniques.
Aprile’s first restaurant, Colborne Lane, opened to immediate success. Colborne Lane was lauded as one of the best restaurants in the world, and Aprile was named one of the most innovative chefs working in Canada. Central to Aprile’s success is his dedication to creativity, and drive to expertly deliver the unexpected. With Colborne Lane offering beautifully crafted, precisely plated cuisine, he switched gears with Origin restaurant. Launched in 2010, Origin offers fast, fresh, and accessible food, delivered to guests sitting right across from the chef in the open kitchen. Toronto Life magazine and Now magazine voted Origin the #1 restaurant in Toronto. Origin restaurant has two locations throughout Toronto, and Aprile has created a brand of cuisine recognizable by expertly crafted, culinary combinations.
Judge Michael Bonacini
Judge Alvin Leung