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About the judges:
Elizabeth Baird’s life in food started when she took her first home economics class in Stratford, Ont. 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 upcoming Canada’s Favourite Recipes, due to hit kitchens this October.
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!” traveling 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.
Steven D'Souza graduated from Ryerson University in 2000, joined CBC News, and soon picked up a camera to become a video journalist. He's had a chance to meet people like Wayne Gretzky, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and filmmaker Michael Moore. He's covered national and local stories that have taken him from the lawn of the White House during the 2004 State of the Union Address to inside the Confederation Bridge in PEI to the 2006 Stanley Cup Final in Edmonton. Steven grew up in Richmond Hill and loves being back home in Toronto.
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