A B.C. chef has qualified to compete in the final episode of Food Network Canada’s Top Chef Canada third season.
Matthew Stowe of Cloverdale, who is a product development chef for Cactus Club Café, will compete next Monday (June 10) against two other chefs for the title of “Top Chef Canada”.
Stowe was raised in Surrey and received his culinary training at New York’s Culinary Institute of America. After graduating in 2002, Stowe worked at Lutèce, a popular French restaurant in Manhattan that closed in 2004.
After returning to B.C., he was appointed executive chef at Sonora Resort, a luxury wilderness resort in the Discovery Islands, where he worked for six years until 2010. During his time at the resort, Stowe published a cookbook about his signature dishes, The Tastes of Sonora Resort.
The 30-year-old father currently works on menu development at Canadian chain Cactus Club with Chef Rob Feenie.
In the season finale, which was filmed in Calgary, Stowe will compete against Toronto’s Jonathan Goodyear and Montreal’s Danny Smiles for a chance at winning a $100,000 prize and a kitchen valued at $30,000.
Stowe may be considered the underdog after just beating Ontario chef Dennis Tay in last night’s elimination challenge to take the third spot in the finale.
The final episode of Top Chef Canada season 3 will air at 6 p.m. and again at 10 p.m.