Food Network Canada and Insight Productions announce that actress, model, host and philanthropist Lisa Ray (Water, Bollywood Hollywood) will host the second season of Top Chef Canada. The first season of the Canadian adaptation of the international smash hit premiered in April 2011 to unprecedented audience numbers making it the top rated series in Food Network Canada's history.
Top Chef Canada season two - which sees Canada's top culinary talent face-off for the grand prize of $100,000 sponsored by Kruger Sponge Towels, a GE Monogram kitchen worth $30,000, and the coveted title of Canada's Top Chef - premieres March 12, 2012 at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network Canada. Lisa Ray will replace season one's host Thea Andrews who recently celebrated the birth of her second child.
"We are thrilled to welcome Lisa Ray on board as the host of Top Chef Canada. As the channel's top rated series, we expect to see some tough competition between the chefs in season two and Lisa Ray is the perfect host to lead the charge," says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media.
"It's amazing to have Lisa Ray as part of the Top Chef Canada family. Lisa has sampled cultures and cuisines in her travels around the world and she brings that experience and sense of adventure to the judges' table each week," says Mark Lysakowski, Supervising Producer, Insight Productions.
Canadian Lisa Ray is a well known actress, former model, host, and philanthropist who was raised in Toronto by an Indian father and Polish mother. An iconic figure in India and abroad, Ray is a successful cover model and award-winning actress. With starring roles in Bollywood Hollywood and Water to name a few, Ray has achieved overwhelming success internationally and locally appearing in over 27 film and television titles. Her hosting experience spans from her own entertainment show in India to co-hosting award shows such as The Genies and The Giller Prize. She was present at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival for her starring role in Cooking with Stella. In 2009, Ray also publicly shared her diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma. Her work for this cause earned her the Voice Achievers Award in 2009 and the Hope Award in 2010. Ray also helped raise funds to establish the first research chair for Multiple Myeloma at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. Her latest business venture includes partnering with the co-owners of Moksha Yoga Brampton, which opened earlier this year.
"I am a big fan of the Top Chef series and thrilled to help spotlight some of the amazing culinary talent right here in my hometown," said Lisa Ray, host, Top Chef Canada. "I'm looking forward to a challenging yet delicious season."
(Source: Canada Newswire)
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