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About Chef Matt Pettit:

Matt Dean Pettit, the owner and chef of Rock Lobster Food Co., first acquired his love for cooking at the age of 13 when he got his first job as a kitchen prep in a restaurant in his home town of Midland, Ont. Matt’s inspiration for cooking comes from his mother.

Having travelled the world, Matt takes on a global approach of building flavours and approvable dishes. In early 2011, Matt started Rock Lobster Food Co., which is Canada’s first Lobster-centric food company. Rock Lobster Food Co. specializes in showcasing lobster and making it more accessible for Canadians to eat on a regular basis. Rock Lobster Food Co. now has a lobster shack in Toronto's Kensington Market, and a new food truck launching this summer.

Iron Chef: Poutine Edition - Semi-Finals


Poutine innovation is at a crossroads with a renaissance of new fusions and flavours popping up all over Toronto.

Experience the high stakes of gourmet cooking as Barque Smokehouse owner and chef David Neinstein faces Rock Lobster Food Company's Matt Pettitn in the first semi-final matchup! Come watch as the iconic Canadian food that is poutine is given new life with the always entertaining and challenging "secret ingredient."

Judges include Mary Luz Meija (food enthusiast, writer, researcher, intrepid traveler and Gemini-nominated Food TV producer/director), Karon Liu (resident food writer at The Grid and former writer for Toronto Life’s food blog), David Dupuy (the Agrifood attaché for the Bureau du Quebec in Toronto), and chef Donna Dooher (celebrated cookbook author, owner of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, and host of the hit Food Network show The Cookwork).

The next round of Iron Chef: Poutine Edition semi-final action takes place at 4:30pm and  features chef Micha Kennedy of Jamie Kennedy Kitchens vs Oliver & Bonacini’s Bannock restaurant chef Stephen Pynn. Click here for details.

Join us for the riveting – and delicious – finale later in the day.

Hosted by Christian Pritchard, current co-host of Daytime on Rogers Television, chef, emcee, food consultant, caterer/event planner and food entertainer.

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