Last Episode of Top Chef Canada Season 2
Last week on Top Chef Canada Ryan Gallagher was sent home and eliminated from the competition. The remaining contestants are Jonathan Korecki, David Chrystian, Trevor Bird, Carl Heinrich, Xavier Lacaze, and Trista Sheen.
The first challenge of this episode was to create a dish using ingredients that most kids dislike. The guest judge was Dale MacKay: the very first winner of Top Chef Canada. Dale’s son, Ayden, was brought in to help judge the child-friendly meals. Each chef was given two different ingredients by randomly pulling knives.
The chefs on the bottom were Xavier Lacaze and Jonathan Korecki. The chefs on the top were Carl Heinrich and Trevor Bird.
Trevor Bird won for his tender calamari rings and Brussels sprout coleslaw. He won a set of cookware that they use in the competition kitchen.
The elimination round had the chefs create a six-course tasting menu. They had to take the idea of comfort food and incorporate their personal stories to the dish. The chefs had to pour their heart and soul into their dish.
Xavier went out of his comfort zone and made a vegetarian terrine with homage to all of Canada. Jonathan made pierogi with his grandmother’s recipe and a broth that brought memories of fishing with his father. Carl went with his West Coast upbringing by serving bacon-wrapped salmon. Trista had Caribbean chicken with an Indian influence to represent Toronto. David made three types of beef with his Ukrainian heritage. Trevor made a peanut butter banana molten cake to show him making his own dinners growing up.
Trista made a massive mistake by leaving part of her plastic wrap on her chicken.
The guest judge was Marcus Samuelson, winner of Top Chef Master and Chopped All Stars. Chef Mark McEwan announced that the winner of the elimination challenge would receive a $5000 cash prize courtesy of Finish.
David Chrystian, Jonathan Korecki, and Xavier Lacaze were on the top. David Chrystian was the overall winner for his Ukrainian cabbage roll dish.
Trisa Sheen, Trevor Bird, and Cal Heinrich were on the bottom. Marcus Samuelson judged Trista without considering her mistake with the plastic wrap. He said that it would be too easy to eliminate her for that gaffe without looking at her dish as a whole. In the end, Trista was sent home, but more for her lack of flavors than the plastic incident.