‘Top Chef Canada: All-Stars’ judges dish on TV cooking competition

Canada’s top cooking talent is back, ready to take each other on in the Top Chef Canada: All-Stars kitchen.

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After the 2014 cancellation of the regular series at the end of Season 4, it looked like there may not be any more Top Chef north of the border; thankfully that speculation was totally wrong.

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Season 5 will be packed to the brim with stellar chefs, accompanied by a judging panel jam-packed with expertise. (Get it? Jam?) Head judge, chef Mark McEwan, is joined on the panel by restaurant critic and writer Chris Nuttall-Smith; food writer and creator of blog Follow Me Foodie, Mijune Pak; and restaurateur Janet Zuccarini.

Hosting duties go to Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef and TV personality Eden Grinshpan (who you may recognize as a sometime-judge from Chopped Canada).

There are 10 hour-long episodes in the All-Stars season, and the judges revealed that they’ve done away with the silly ingredients for challenges. Don’t expect gummy bears or jelly beans this time around — this season it’s all business.

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Global News spoke with McEwan, Pak and Zuccarini about what fans of the franchise can expect going into this first-ever Canadian All-Stars season.

(You can watch the brief interview in the video, above.)

‘Top Chef Canada: All-Stars’ premieres on Sunday, Apr. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Canada.