MasterChef Canada Season 2 alum Jon Hameister-Ries passes away at age 37

The former offensive lineman and Vancouver restaurateur will be remembered fondly by family, friends and fans across the country

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Yesterday, the B.C. Lions announced the tragic passing of former offensive lineman and MasterChef Canada Season 2 alum Jon Hameister-Ries at the age of 37. 

Following a successful seven-year football career that saw him suit up and win a Grey Cup with the B.C. Lions, Hameister-Ries courageously set out to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. 

After showcasing his skills in the kitchen and becoming a fan favourite on MasterChef Canada’s sophomore season, the Edmonton-born athlete-turned-chef went on to fulfill his culinary dreams by opening his own restaurant in Vancouver, Meat City.


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Hameister-Ries will be remembered fondly by family, friends, and fans across the country for his fearless ambition, his culinary skills, and his charismatic and tenacious spirit.