On October 30, nine of the city's top chefs battled it out for bragging rights and their charity of choice at the final round of Toronto's Hottest Chef. Leah Wildman of Fit Squad Toronto was the night's big winner with approximately $10,000 going towards her charity of choice The Children's Breakfast Club. The event, co-founded by party planner Kristina Chau and food blogger Stella Yu, took place at The Great Hall with host Zane Caplansky of Caplansky's Delicatessen.
Upon arrival guests received a food passport to be marked at each station, as well as a ballot to cast their vote. The crowds made their way around the room sampling canapés, chatting up the chefs and refueling on drinks.
Eater caught up with Kristina Chau and Stella Yu for a chat:
How did the project get started? Funny how you asked because we got our idea from Eater! We came across Eater's "North America's Hottest Chef" last year and we thought, "Somebody should do a Toronto's Hottest Chef!" Which somehow led to "Let's do it!" So one thing led to another and before we knew it, Toronto's Hottest Chef was born. Toronto's Hottest Chef is a bit different from Eater's competition in that while "North America's Hottest Chef" is an only competition, we added a charity component and a finale event to Toronto's Hottest Chef.
Do you have a favourite Chef you're voting for? We really don't have a favourite! In our eyes all the participating chefs are hot because they donated their time for charity! Nothing beats that!