Restaurant Makeover challenges two restaurant top guns to renovate, revamp, and re-launch local restaurants. The seasoned hot shots - renowned Chefs and Designers from around the country - have a week to overhaul the entire restaurant and the kitchen.
Airs: May 24th at 8:00 AM ET
About the Hosts
Brad Long has prepared meals for some of the world's most discriminating diners and his culinary talent has been recognized by some of Canada's toughest food critics. As executive chef at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, Long oversees three restaurants, including the city's best kept secret, The Platinum Club.
David Adjey has been in the restaurant business all his life. He rose from scrappy teen years as a dishwasher in a Scarborough Ontario diner, to become Executive Chef at New York City's tony Rihga Royal Hotel. He's been Personal Chef to actor Dan Aykroyd, appeared on the Jay Leno Show, and realized a dream as Chef Proprietor of his own Toronto fine dining establishment, 'Nectar.'
In 2008, Chef Adjey embarked on a new path to become a highly sought- after restaurant consultant, a career trajectory that has taken him across North America and beyond to help aspiring restaurateurs create new and profitable businesses founded on their dreams and passion for food.
Along the way, Chef Adjey has established a strong television presence as a chef-expert for the Food Network on such programs as 'Restaurant Makeover,' and is now slated to star in his own new show for Food, entitled 'The Opener,' slated for an early fall 2010 launch.
Chef Lynn Crawford, 'the Renegade Cuisine Queen' has the pedigree and the style. Whether competing against Bobby Flay in Iron Chef America, or hosting Food Network's Restaurant Makeover, Chef Crawford received tremendous media attention as the executive chef of Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, where she was the only female executive chef for a Four Seasons property in the world. Lynn is a tremendous culinary presence in North America.
In 2003, Renee Chauvin was instrumental in opening Toronto's Distillery District by establishing the kitchens at its three restaurants, Pure Spirits Oyster Bar and Grill, The Boiler House and 1832 Pasta Bar, no small task! Chauvin's career spans over 20 years, many spent in some of the top hotel kitchens in the country.
Cherie Nicole Stinson
Cherie's portfolio includes several luxury hotels and restaurants across the globe, as well as several independent endeavors in Toronto. Her continued love for design has taken her to numerous exotic locations worldwide. She prefers a timeless, "casual with a twist" design with well-appointed spaces with attitude.
Glen began his design career after achieving his Masters Degree in Fine Arts at York University. During his 10-year career, Glen has worked on over 200 design contracts specializing in commercial design in countries such as Spain, Italy and France. His success has allowed him to attain the position of Senior Designer Vice-President at Corporate Residences and a Senior Designer Position at Warren Williams Interior. Glen is inspired by an everlasting need to change and redesign his surroundings from his house, to office buildings to restaurants.
Cheryl is always trying to integrate industrial design aspects and non-conventional materials into everyday residential designs. With drive to succeed, her style is constantly changing, the end result being elegance and innovation within the same interior.
Canada's homegrown Chef Corbin is not only passionate about food, his passion runs deep for his family, his daily ritual to have fun, and his loyalty to his food service team to always coach them to be the best that they can be. Raised on a farm in rural Edmonton, Alberta, this talented Chef was born to create and to cook. He helped his Mother create wonderful meals including heartwarming soups that have since become one of his trademarks with widespread customer base at Holt Renfrew in Toronto.
Now as the food expert on Dinner Party Wars, Chef Corbin, along with co-host and style and etiquette guru, Anthea Turner, is set to turn up the heat in the kitchen and the dining room as they judge the hosting successes and disasters of six contestants vying for the title of Dinner Party War Champions.
Executive Chef and Proprietor, Mistura
Born in Cremona, Italy, Capra began his career in the farm kitchen of his family home with fresh, locally picked ingredients prepared simply and with love. His passion for all things gastronomical propelled him from some of Italy’s leading culinary destinations to Canada where he continues to pursue his gastronomic passion at his own restaurant Mistura.
Meredith has worked for numerous design firms across Canada and the US. Meredith focuses on both commercial and residential design, specializing in colour and faux finish. In March 2004, Meredith opened Red Heron Essentials Distillery Design Studio in the Historic Distillery District in downtown Toronto, where she features her own custom designed furniture as well as a wide variety of residential and commercial decor products.
After graduating from The International Academy of Design, Jessica set out to work with one of the top up-and-coming design firms in Canada. After a few years working as a Senior Designer, Jessica now has a design firm of her own called Jessica Cotton Design, which proudly specializes in high-end residential and commercial design. Jessica constantly aspires to create warm, chic, and inviting spaces with sculptural hits of the “unexpected” all the while tailoring each design to her client’s own needs. “I like sculptural and cultural elements quietly placed in a space. They are the personality and sole of any design.”
Igor migrated to Canada in 1999 and quickly built a successful business as a contractor. His knowledge, quick wit, and back talk to the designers have made him a favourite with viewers of Restaurant Makeover all over the world. Over the last 80 episodes, viewers have come to know him as the sometimes gruff but always entertaining Igor who “knows it all”. No matter what problem arises in the insane six-day makeover, Igor always finds a solution, even if it’s not always to the liking of the designer.