Daily bite: Top Chef Canada Season 8 casting now open

Top Chef Canada continues its nationwide search to find Canada’s next top chef

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With its seventh season that saw Tofino chef Paul Moran crowned champion now in the books, Food Network Canada has now opened up the casting call for its highly anticipated eighth season of Top Chef Canada

Last season saw multiple highs and lows, nail-bitingly stiff competition, and incredible cuisine on display from the esteemed panel of Canadian culinary talent.

Despite the generally positive feedback, some viewers have been critical of Canada’s marquee cooking contest, saying that it could do a better job at selecting chefs who represent the culinary melting pot that makes up Canada’s cuisine. Now that the casting call is open, it seems the network will be looking to achieve that goal for the new season. 

“We are very excited to be casting for Season 8 of Top Chef Canada. We have world class food and chefs in Canada,” says Cliff Dempster, who has been Top Chef Canada’s head of casting since the program’s inception in 2011. “Top Chef Canada offers an outstanding platform to showcase the great diverse talent from across the country.”


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"This isn't just any culinary competition. It's not a one off or a black box, but the most enduring culinary competition in Canada," says resident judge Mijune Pak. "The competition gets tougher every year and the chefs are raising the bar. We're looking for the next Top Chef in the country and encourage chefs from all walks of life to apply."

While we’re still waiting for details on how the upcoming season will be different from years past, you can bet they will be mixing things up in some fun and fresh ways to challenge the competitors outside as well as inside the Top Chef Canada kitchen.

If you think you've got what it takes to compete in Canada's best and most prestigious cooking contest, apply now at TopChefCanadaCasting.com