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TORONTO, May 13, 2014 /CNW/ - After 10 grueling weeks of fierce
competition and culinary drama, Ottawa-based Chef René Rodriguez (Navarra) has won the fourth and most extreme season of Food Network Canada's hit series Top Chef Canada. In Monday night's thrilling season finale, Rodriguez staked his claim
as Canada's Top Chef beating out 13 of the nation's best and brightest
chefs. In addition to the coveted title, Rodriguez walked away with a
grand prize of $100,000 sponsored by SpongeTowels® paper towels, a GE Monogram kitchen worth $30,000, and a custom
installation by Caesarstone Quartz Surfaces worth $25,000.
Rodriguez faced Kitchener's Terry Salmond Walper Hotel and Six Nations' Rich Francis (Aboriginal Culinary Concepts) in an epic finale showdown challenging
chefs to "paddle it out" on Lake Ontario in the QuickFire Challenge.
Then, it was on to the last Elimination Challenge of the season at
Muskoka-based Taboo Spa and Resort, where Rodriguez's brave and bold
four-course meal won over host Lisa Ray, head judge Mark McEwan, resident judge Shereen Arazm, and special guest judge and award-winning food critic Ruth Reichl.
"Winning Top Chef Canada means everything to me," says Rodriguez. "During this competition I was
able to dig deep into my roots and explore my passion in ways that I
never thought possible. It has been an incredible journey and I have
grown not only as a chef, but as a person."
Rodriguez is the owner and chef at Navarra in Ottawa, ON, where he lives
with his wife and young son. Educated by Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa, his
inspiration comes from his Mexican heritage and his love for the Basque
region of Spain.
René Rodriguez will be available for media interviews in Ottawa on
Tuesday, May 13th.
Viewers who missed the season finale of Top Chef Canada can log onto topchefcanada.ca to watch the episode online or tune in to Food Network Canada for an encore presentation on Thursday, May 15th at 7pm ET/8pm PT.
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