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The Top Chef Canada exit interview: episode 5, hamming it up

This season, we’ll be chatting with each week’s eliminated chef after they get the boot (or, rather, after their boot-getting episode airs—this stuff was recorded months ago).

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Top Chef Canada recap, episode 5: the Thicke of it

The regular gang, see here cracking wise, was joined by Alan Thicke and the Distillery District’s Jason Rosso (Image: Top Chef Canada)

TOP CHEF CANADA Season 2 | Episode 5

The opening of last night’s episode of Top Chef Canada revived a time-honoured trope from season one: chefs in their skivvies. This time around, it was Victor’s David Chrystian (last episode’s victor, as it happens) who launched himself, shirtless, out of his top bunk to quell a screaming alarm clock. The episode was also a return to form for the show’s fabled product placement division, with an entire challenge focused around a sponsor’s product, and a nice showcase for some cheffy temper flare-ups. Oh, and it featured a guest judging spot by “Canadian icon” Dr. Jason Seaver Alan Thicke, for reasons we can’t quite fathom—not that we’re complaining.

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Top Chef Canada reveals the rather stacked list of guest judges for season two

Remember last year when Chris Cosentino, one of the pioneers of the offal revival, visited Toronto for undisclosed reasons and claimed he could smell Chinatown from three blocks away? Or when Richard Blais, the molecularly inclined winner of Top Chef All-Stars, tweeted about the interesting tasting menu he’d just lunched on in Toronto? Or when Italian food legend Lidia Bastianich dropped in at All the Best Fine Foods? Turns out they weren’t here just because they love us—they’re all guest judges on season two of Top Chef Canada. Other notable judges and tasters include—and let us be clear, this is a bit of a spoiler for those who really like to keep their Top Chef Canada viewing pure—east-coast chef Michael Smith, season one host Thea Andrews (no hard feelings, we guess!), chef-about-town Matty Matheson of Parts and Labour, Leafs assistant captain Colby Armstrong, Susur Lee and his soon-to-be restaurateur sons Kai and Jet Bent-Lee, Toca’s Tom Brodi, Roger Mooking, Top Chef Masters winner Marcus Samuelson, last season’s winner Dale MacKay and his adorable son Ayden, Keisha Chante, Rick the Temp Campanelli, Lorenzo Loseto of George, Charlie’s Burgers mastermind Franco Stalteri, husband-and-wife dynamos Marc Thuet and Biana Zorich, Odd Bits author Jennifer McLagan, Vancouver Indian restaurateur and chef Vikram Vij and assorted competitors from last season, not to mention the somewhat bizarro guests we already told you about, like Alan Thicke and Mike Holmes. (Whew!) Not bad.

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The Swag Series: NKPR’s IT Lounge, like Oprah’s Favourite Things, but in a TIFF gifting lounge

For those actors who work out a lot (Image: Fraser Abe)

What it is: Another year of NKPR’s IT Lounge, hosted at their Adelaide Street headquarters. NKPR honcho Natasha Koifman has developed close relationships with big names through her association with Artists for Peace and Justice (for every new follower @NatashaNKPR gains during TIFF, she will donate $1 to APJ) so expect to see plenty of true boldface names strut through this gifting suite. Check out the celebrity swag after the jump.

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Leafs’ Victory: the doughnut theory plays out in unexpected ways

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson characterized last night’s 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders as “a bit of a doughnut game.” In other words, there was nothing in the middle. The Leafs exploded out of the gate, getting early goals from Colby Armstrong and Jay Rosehill, before disappearing in the second stanza. The Islanders answered with two goals of their own, taking advantage of the doughnut’s vacant centre, but the Leafs rounded out the circle as Tomas Kaberle sparked a three-goal charge at the beginning of the final period.

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