CTV Reveals the MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 4 Top 12

– The Top 12 home cooks include a make-up artist, a plumber/gas fitter, a health and safety advisor, a sales rep, a server, and an employee relations consultant –
– New episodes air Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO –
– 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 12, the MASTERCHEF CANADA judges, and to access interviews, recipes, and exclusive must-see videos –

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TORONTO, March 3, 2017 /CNW/ - And then there were 12! The Season 4 Top 12 was revealed on CTV tonight as MASTERCHEF CANADA returned with a new home cook audition process, a series first, which saw the competition kick off with aspiring chefs from across Canada surprised at home with their first challenge. In tonight's episode, 24 home cooks come to Toronto to cook for judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile and the best 12 earn white aprons, and the chance to compete for $100,000 and the life-changing title of MasterChef Canada. This season's Top 12, which includes a director of operations, a PhD student, a broker, and a category manager, will compete in a series of mystery box challenges, pressure tests, and elimination challenges. Each week, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, at least one home cook will be eliminated until only two are left to battle it out to in the MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 4 finale.

This season will feature appearances by world-renowned chef and food activist Jamie Oliver and Season 3 MASTERCHEF CANADA winner Mary Berg. Season 4 will also feature an exclusive digital episode that will be available on CTV.ca following an all-new episode on April 6.

The Season 4 Top 12 home cooks are:

Aaron Polsky
Instagram: @foodiedatenight | Twitter: @foodiedatenight
Montréal, Qué.
Audition Dish: Paella
Food Dream: To open an intimate restaurant in Montréal called 'Bar Linda'
To learn more about Aaron Polsky, click here.

Alice Luo
Instagram: @aliceluo_88
: Original from Richmond Hill, Ont., currently residing in Toronto, Ont.
Audition Dish: Pineapple fried rice
Food Dream: To open a bakery named 'PhD: Prepared Heavenly Desserts'
To learn more about Alice Luo, click here.

Alisha Sood
Instagram: @defnotasneakerhead
Originally from Montréal, Qué., currently residing in Mississauga, Ont.
Audition Dish: Hyderabadi chicken biryani
Food Dream: To open a restaurant and also publish a cookbook
To learn more about Alisha Sood, click here.

Barrie McConachie
Instagram: @dateplates | Twitter: @dateplates
Vancouver, B.C.  
Audition Dish: Lobster infused rice cake with warm lobster salad & roasted red pepper vinaigrette
Food Dream: To become the go-to wine caterer in B.C.'s wine country
To learn more about Barrie McConachie, click here.

Jordan Levin
Instagram: @jordan_levin
Winnipeg, Man. 
Audition Dish: Mom's mushroom risotto
Food Dream: To work in food media and publishing, and release a cookbook
To learn more about Jordan Levin, click here.

Justine Joyal
Instagram: @JustineJoyal
Hometown: Montréal, Qué.
Audition Dish: Seared scallops on a rice floating island
Food Dream: To build a food empire like Gordon Ramsey
To learn more about Justine Joyal, click here.

Kimberly Duffus
Instagram: @Kiimberlyxoxo
Originally from Brampton, Ont., currently residing Malton, Ont.
Audition Dish: Rice and peas with chicken
Food Dream: To own a catering company and a cooking school for kids
To learn more about Kimberly Duffus, click here.

Mai Nguyen
Instagram: @Maicaroon | Twitter: @Maicaroon
Hometown: Edmonton, Alta.
Audition Dish: Vietnamese lobster risotto
Food Dream: To open a small seasonal restaurant
To learn more about Mai Nguyen, click here.

Matt VanderHelm
Instagram: @VanderKitchen
: Toronto, Ont.
Audition Dish: Bibimbap
Food Dream: To own a private catering business
To learn more about Matt VanderHelm, click here.

Miranda Wasstrom
Instagram: @MirandaCooksCA | Twitter: @MirandaCooksCA
: Edmonton, Alta.
Audition Dish: Squid ink risotto
Food Dream: To open a restaurant with her mom
To learn more about Miranda Wasstrom, click here.

Thea VanHerwaarden
Instagram: @theavan | Twitter: @Thea_van1
: Comox, B.C., currently resides in Vancouver, B.C.
Audition Dish: Seafood curry/ cilantro lime rice
Food Dream: To become a food critic
To learn more about Thea VanHerwaarden, click here.

Trevor Connie
Instagram: @TrevorConnie | Twitter: @TrevorConnie16
: Vancouver, B.C., currently resides in Edmonton, Alta.
Audition Dish: Fancy rice
Food Dream: To open a tasting restaurant
To learn more about Trevor Connie, click here.

In the next all-new episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA, "Home On The Range" (Thursday, March 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT), the Top 12 home cooks lift their first mystery box to discover a treasured and meaningful kitchen item from home. Each person's item serves as the inspiration for the dish they prepare. The winner of the challenge receives an advantage, and the MASTERCHEF CANADA kitchen is strategically split down the middle when a bonus advantage is revealed.

MASTERCHEF CANADA airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO, and on demand the following day. Episodes encore Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two, Sundays at 5 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and Sundays at 7 p.m. ET beginning March 19 on Gusto.

Fans are invited to visit CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada throughout the season for exclusive content, including background on the Top 12 and the MASTERCHEF CANADA judges, as well as interviews, recipes, and more. CTV.ca will also offer viewers behind-the-scenes glimpses of this season's challenges, culinary creations, triumphs, and upsets.

Seasons 2 and 3 of MASTERCHEF CANADA are currently streaming on CraveTV™, and in encore broadcasts on Gusto.

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. Proper's Vice-President and Creative Director Cathie James is the show runner and executive producer; Marike Emery is the Series Producer; President of Proper Television, Guy O'Sullivan, is the executive producer. For Bell Media, Danielle Pearson is Manager, Factual and Reality, Independent Production; Robin Johnston is Production Executive, Independent Production; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming; Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.

Michael Bonacini – @MichaelBonacini
Alvin Leung@TheDemonChef
Claudio Aprile@ClaudioAprile




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