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Manitobans will have someone of their own to cheer for on Season 5 of MasterChef Canada.
Winnipeg real estate agent Jonathan Rahim was chosen as one of 12 contestants in the season première of the home-cooking showdown that was broadcast Tuesday night on CTV.
The 33-year-old caught the judges’ attention with his audition dish, Ghost Pepper Stew Chicken with Rice and Peas and Mango Slaw, earning one of the 12 contestants’ aprons from a field of 21 competitors.Supplied
Jonathan Rahim caught the judges’ attention with his audition dish: Ghost Pepper Stew Chicken with Rice and Peas and Mango Slaw.
Rahim was born in Trinidad and exotic West Indian flavours figure prominently in his cuisine, according to the MasterChef Canada website.
In videos, Rahim says he would quit being a realtor if he could make a living as a chef, and his dream is to have his own food truck, which would give him the opportunity to serve his spicy West Indian dishes to customers across the country.
The show will be broadcast Tuesdays at 9 p.m.
At least one contestant will be eliminated each week during the show’s many cooking challenges, pressure tests and team competitions, until the final two face off for the right to be MasterChef Canada and winner of the $100,000 grand prize.
This season’s judges are Toronto restaurateurs Michael Bonacini and Claudio Aprile and Hong Kong Michelin-starred chef Alvin Leung, a.k.a. the Demon Chef. During the series, the contestants will be making dishes for various celebrities, including the cast of Corner Gas Animated, various Order of Canada recipients and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.
In 2016’s Season 3 of MasterChef Canada, Winnipeg’s Jeremy Senaris made it all the way to the finals before losing to Mary Berg of Toronto.
The civil engineering technology grad from Red River College has since branched out into being a private chef and cooking for special events, such as St. Peter’s Church gala dinner on April 14, which will raise funds for a new, larger Roman Catholic church to replace St. Peter’s existing structure on Inkster Boulevard.