One day in Toronto: Top Chef Canada competitor Erin Smith

Toronto-based chef Erin Smith competes on Top Chef Canada's new season on April 1    

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Growing up in Toronto, Erin Smith was always around cooking. Whether with her mother or grandmother, she always found herself in the kitchen. After graduating culinary school at George Brown in 2007, Smith found herself at Bymark Restaurant where she eventually became the restaurant’s first female sous chef at the age of 24.

Since then, she has never looked back. Smith competed and won on Chopped Canada as well as a Toronto-run competition called The Chef Cartel. Smith is now the executive sous chef for Mark McEwan’s new grocery store, McEwan Foods at 1 Bloor East, and will be looking to add another competition win to her list of culinary accolades on this season of Top Chef Canada that begins April 1. 



Usually breakfast is spent at home with three boys. My husband and I love hosting brunch with family and friends. 



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For lunch, I like to go to the St. Lawrence Market. There is such a variety of great lunch options and I can do a little grocery shopping while I’m there!



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La Banane is such a great atmosphere for a night out (without the kids). Their seafood platters and French cuisine are the best in the city!



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I love 416 Snack Bar. They have a great selection of Canadian wines and they make a Boulevardier to die for.