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The Truffles Fine Foods‘ team watched the Food Network last February 6th to watch its Jr. Sous Chef, Josh Karbelnik, become the new champion on Chopped Canada.

Josh stepped behind the stoves to face four chefs before an all-star rotating panel of three expert Chopped Canada judges. Armed with skill and ingenuity, the competitors race against the clock to turn the mystery ingredients from their iconic baskets into an extraordinary three-course meal. Course-by-course, the judges decide which competitor host Brad Smith will “chop” from the competition until only the winner remains.

The Chopped Canada Episode

In episode five of Chopped Canada – “Cooking with Courage” – Josh strived at presenting a creative menu that included a Carribean chicken patty, a deconstructed scotch egg and myrtle blueberry ice cream. Watch the full episode here.

Josh brings a well-honed fine dining background to the competition. He spent several years studying at Niagara College prior to working at North 44 under the culinary tutelage of Sash Simpson and Mark McEwen (of Top Chef). He then shifted to Zest Restaurant in the heart of Niagara and begun training under David Watt until a tragic accident cost him two of his fingers. Not to be detered by this setback, it was his true passion for the culinary world that drove Josh to continue to pursue his career and he begun to retrain with the help of Bocuse competitor, Scott Jager of Pear Tree Restaurant in Burnaby, and we’re glad he did! 

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