– The Season 3 Top 14 includes a makeup artist, carpenter, building plan examiner, doctor, and PhD law student –
– New episodes return Sunday, March 6 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, following CTV's broadcast of THE OSCARS® on Feb. 28 beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET –
– One home cook will win a $100,000 cash prize and the title of the next Canadian MasterChef –
– Viewers can visit CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada to learn more about this season's Top 14, the MASTERCHEF CANADA judges, and to access interviews, recipes, and exclusive must-see videos –
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TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2016 /CNW/ - In an episode that saw some home cooks compete in an intricate skills test and a surprise challenge, the final composition of the MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 3 Top 14 was revealed on CTV tonight. Judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile handed out coveted white aprons to finalists from the West through to the East Coast, to form a Top 14 that includes a carpenter, accountant, salon manager, makeup artist, lawyer, teacher, doctor, and a PhD law student. The home cooks are now competing for the chance to win a $100,000 cash prize and the title of Canada's next MasterChef. Returning to CTV after a one week break for CTV's broadcast of THE OSCARS® on Sunday, February 28, with coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET, the MASTERCHEF CANADA competition continues Sundays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO on March 6.
The Season 3 Top 14 home cooks are:
April Lee Baker
@gardendiosa / Instagram: @April_Lee_B
Audition Dish: Crispy Skin Duck Breast topped with Sweet Heat Alberta Honey and Kobacha purée
Food Dream: To own her own restaurant with its own garden and livestock; and to be the next big celebrity chef.
Hometown: from Mundare, Alta., currently residing in Calgary, Alta.
To learn more about April Lee, click here.
Audition Dish: Salmon on Fennel Salad with Squash, Banana, and Parsnip Fennel Purée
Food Dream: To produce a line of sustainable gourmet food products in New Brunswick.
Hometown: Moncton, N.B.
To learn more about David, click here.
@the_farm_foodie / Instagram: @the_farm_foodie
Audition Dish: Coriander Chicken with Carrots and Blackberries
Food Dream: To own a small farm and grow amazing produce, raise pork, and supply fantastic local restaurants.
Hometown: Brandon, Man., currently residing in Abbotsford, B.C.
To learn more about Jacqueline, click here.
Audition Dish: Portobello and Cremini Risotto topped with Espresso-Infused Formaggio
Food Dream: To own a food RV and travel the country serving food.
Hometown: Thornhill, Ont. currently residing in Maple, Ont.
To learn more about Jennifer, click here.
@chefonfiyah / Instagram: @onfiyah
Audition Dish: Dynamite Roll with Spicy Mayo and Bonito Flakes
Food Dream: To be the Head Chef at his own restaurant.
Hometown: Winnipeg, Man.
To learn more about Jeremy, click here.
@glamgourmet604 / Instagram: @glamgourmet604
Audition Dish: Crispy Chicken Leg with a Lemon Butter Sage, and Pan-Fried Gnocchi Peas and Pancetta
Food Dream: To be a MasterChef judge and have her own cooking show.
Hometown: Richmond, B.C., currently living in Burnaby, B.C.
To learn more about Julia, click here.
@mary_berg3 / Instagram: @mary_berg3
Audition Dish: Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie
Food Dream: To make her mother proud and run a catering company, or work for a food publication and/or in food media.
Hometown: Pickering, Ont., currently residing in Toronto, Ont.
To learn more about Mary, click here.
@matthewastorga / Instagram: @matthewastorga
Audition Dish: Jasmine Smoked Salmon in a Miso Dashi Broth, with Grilled Green Onion, Edamame, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Seaweed Chips
Food Dream: To have a food empire that includes restaurants, cookbooks, and products.
Hometown: Scarborough, Ont., currently residing in Pitt Meadows, B.C.
To learn more about Matthew, click here.
@michesdishes / Instagram: @michesdishes
Audition Dish: Pork Tenderloin with Fennel, Mushroom, and Sourdough Stuffing, and Sweet Potato Butternut Squash Purée
Food Dream: To combine her love of cooking and teaching, and show parents and children how to prep and cook healthy food.
Hometown: Woodbridge, Ont., currently residing in Bolton, Ont.
To learn more about Michelle, click here.
@seanhickeybacon / Instagram: @seanhickeybacon
Audition Dish: Pan Seared Prime Rib Steak with Maple Bacon Potato Spiral and Blistered Cherry, and Tomatoes garnished with Poached Turned Cremini Mushrooms
Food Dream: To own a food truck that serves tacos.
Hometown: London, Ont.
To learn more about Sean, click here.
Audition Dish: Maple-Rum Pork Belly
Food Dream: To become a successful Montréal restaurateur while maintaining a medical practice.
Hometown: Montreal, QC.
To learn more about Shawn, click here.
@grated_nutmeg / Instagarm: @grated_nutmeg
Audition Dish: Spiced Pumpkin Roulade served with Pumpkin-Maple Truffles and Salted Caramel-Maple Sauce
Food Dream: To open his own baking studio.
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria, currently living in Edmonton, Alta
To learn more about Terry, click here.
@vronnie17 / Instagram: @vronnie17
Audition Dish: Har Gow (Shrimp Dumplings)
Food Dream: To become a Michelin Inspector.
Hometown: North York, Ont. currently living in Toronto, Ont.
To learn more about Veronica, click here.
@eatdrinklaughvs / Instagram: @eatdrinklaugh
Audition Dish: Eggplant Parmigiana
Food Dream: To own a family-style restaurant serving delicious traditional Italian food.
Hometown: Toronto Ont., currently living in Pickering, Ont.
To learn more about Vince, click here.
In the next all-new episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA, "At Home and Abroad" (Sunday, March 6 at 7 p.m. ET/PT), the Top 14 home cooks face their first Mystery Box Challenge with 13 ingredients from each of Canada's 10 provinces and three territories. The winner of the Mystery Box gets to select one of three International cuisines that are near and dear to the judges' hearts – and some of the home cooks get lost in translation.
Viewers can visit CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada to watch exclusive must-see videos with the Top 14 where they are put to the test with rapid-fire questions and share their 'Best, Worst, and First' dishes. The finalists also reveal what food best suits their personalities, their celebrity crushes, and more, in The Home Cook Files.
New episodes of MASTERCHEF CANADA are available following their broadcast premiere on demand at CTV.ca and on the CTV GO app, and encore Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on M3, Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two, and Sundays at 5 p.m. ET/PT on CTV. Viewers can stream past MASTERCHEF CANADA episodes, with Seasons 1 and 2 available exclusively on CraveTVTM.
The MASTERCHEF format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Endemol Shine Group, and is based on a format originally created by Franc Roddam.
MASTERCHEF CANADA is produced by Proper Television in association with CTV. President of Proper Television, Guy O'Sullivan is executive producer, along with Proper's Vice-President and Creative Director, Cathie James. For Bell Media, Tina Apostolopoulos is Production Executive, Factual and Reality, Independent Production; Robin Johnston is Director, Factual and Reality, Independent Production; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production; Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV; Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting.
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Alvin Leung – @TheDemonChef
Claudio Aprile – @ClaudioAprile
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