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Saint John Restaurateur and Top Chef Canada Alum to Compete Again

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Saint John chef and restaurant owner Jesse Vergen is slated to appear in Top Chef Canada’s return after its nearly three-year hiatus for an all-star season.

Since achieving fourth place in Top Chef Canada’s fourth season, Vergen has continued his successful career on the East Coast as chef and co-owner of Saint John Alehouse, Smoking Pig BBQ, Toro Taco, Barred Rock Fried Chicken and McGills.

The upcoming season of Top Chef Canada will premiere April 2 and bring back 12 of the most accomplished chefs from the past four seasons to battle it out for a $100,000 grand prize and Monogram Kitchen valued at over $25,000.

Each week, chefs will compete in the new Top Chef Canada Monogram kitchen and in a variety of other locations to battle it out in grueling culinary challenges.

The fifth season, Top Chef Canada: All-Stars, will bring back head judge, chef and restaurateur Mark McEwan who will be joined by a panel of what Food Network is calling “Canada’s most refined palates.” The panel will include new host Eden Grinshpan and three new expert resident judges: food blogger Mijune Pak, restaurant critic Chris Nuttall-Smith and restaurateur Janet Zuccarini.