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About Kevin Brauch (Host):

Born and raised in Toronto, Kevin Brauch has been a fixture on televisions around the world since 1994. Today, armed with a backpack and a terrific thirst for adventure, Kevin holds title as having “the best damn job in the world,” travelling the planet drinking the world’s finest spirits, wines, beers and eating the best food imaginable as The Thirsty Traveler. When not jet-setting to the next brewery, distillery or vineyard, Kevin also manages significant time in NYC to be the floor reporter for Iron Chef America.

About Donna Dooher (Judge):

Chef Donna Dooher, celebrated cookbook author and restaurateur, is one of North America’s leading advocates of the return to the table. After graduating from the culinary arts programme at Ottawa’s Algonquin College and pursuing further studies at the University of Guelph’s hospitality manager’s development course, Chef Dooher established herself as a prominent figure in the Toronto hospitality community. With over 25 years of professional experience in the kitchen, Donna expanded her successful catering business Avant-Goût in 1990 to create an intimate restaurant called Mildred Pierce. Built in the west end of Toronto’s warehouse district, Mildred Pierce introduced its guests to a unique dining experience and established brunch as a culinary trend in the city. 

In 1998, Chef Dooher founded The Cookworks cooking studio, which offered entertaining and informative workshops focused on practical cooking. The popular concept of the kitchen table proved worthy for the boardroom table and evolved into corporate team building for the business community of Toronto. Her hit Food Network show, The Cookworks, grew out of this initiative and is currently aired in over 120 countries worldwide. In addition, Donna has served as food editor for WISH magazine, and authored the best-selling Market to Table cookbook, adding to her previous triumph with Cuisine Canada’s award-winning Out to Brunch with Mildred Pierce.

Chef Dooher’s newest venture is Mildred’s Temple Kitchen in the heart of Toronto’s Liberty Village and reflects her commitment to providing locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, simply and sumptuously prepared. Donna sits on the board of directors for the Canadian Food Services and Restaurant Association, is the co-chair of the Yes Chef! Campaign at George Brown College, is an active member of Slow Food, and a self-proclaimed "fork hugger" dedicated to supporting Ontario farmers and local agriculture.

About Elizabeth Baird (Judge):
Elizabeth Baird's life in food started when she took her first home economics class in Stratford Ontario. She had, like so many kids of that time, made the usual fudge and cookies. But it was actually making her first peach crisp that lured her forever to the food world. She learned that a recipe plus ingredients will turn out a successful dish... and people will love it. 

However, it was not home economics, but French that she studied at university. A year in France, cooking classes at George Brown College, with chef Neil Baxter of Rundles in Stratford and in many culinary schools in Canada and abroad have kept alive that passion for learning about food and how to cook it well. 

Over her career she has been the food editor at Canadian Living magazine, columnist for the Toronto Star, co-host of Canadian Living Cooks on Food Network Canada, author of about 30 cookbooks, from the first in 1974, Classic Canadian Cooking, to the most recent, Canadian Living, The Slow Cooker Collection

Although officially retired, she is an enthusiastic judge and supporter of Harbourfront Centre's Hot & Spicy Food Festival, volunteer historic cook at Fort York National Historic Site, weekly columnist for the Toronto Sun and SunMedia and co-author of the recently released best seller, Canada’s Favourite Recipes.

International Iron Chef Competition Finale




Monday, September 2, 2013
Brigantine Room
235 Queens Quay West

The 10th anniversary of Hot & Spicy’s Iron Chef Competition is guaranteed to be a sizzling showdown of culinary expertise as chefs go head-to-head against each other and the clock. Watch as they work their magic to turn the mysterious secret ingredient into a masterpiece creation, all for our panel of celebrity judges – including Elizabeth Baird and Donna Dooher. 

Hot & Spicy’s Iron Chef Competition Semi-Final chefs include Betty Vázquez (Mexico), Philip "Ippy" Aiona (Hawaii), Luis Berrazueta (Ecuador) and Aaron Joseph Bear Robe (Canada).

Hosted by Iron Chef America’s Kevin Brauch.

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