“Top Chef Canada” winner announced

Toronto's own Carl Heinrich comes out on top of popular reality show.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

The number-one show on the Food Network, "Top Chef Canada," crowned their season 2 winner last night – Toronto-based chef Carl Heinrich was the one who beat out all of the other contestants over the course of the 12 weeks that the show ran.

Once the Executive Chef at Marben, Heinrich attended the renowned Stratford Chef School in Stratford, Ontario and then studied under some of the most well-known chefs in the world, including the likes of Daniel Boulud and Alain Ducasse. In his final competition he went up against Chef David Chrystian (Victor Restaurant), Ottawa’s Chef Jonathan Korecki (Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen and Bar) and Vancouver’s Chef Trevor Bird (newly-opened Fable) in one last cooking challenge. Judges Chef Mark McEwan and Shereen Arazm, along with host Lisa Ray, guided and whittled down the contestants until a winner was crowned. This new top chef has not only won bragging rights but also the grand prize of $100,000 courtesy of SpongeTowels and a GE Monogram Kitchen valued at over $30,000.

"When you look at 'Top Chef,' usually, it’s a three-course menu,” Heinrich said over the phone from Toronto to Postmedia News just minutes after the season finale of "Top Chef Canada" ended. “I stayed up all night planning the menu, only to hear that it was going to be a four-course. Now, looking back, I certainly would have done another course before the trout rather than another one before the dessert.”

A Season 3 casting call for "Top Chef Canada" is currently underway.