Northern Life's resident foodie wins Food Network contest

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | May 06, 2014 - 10:02 AM |
Mathieu Beausoleil and Chef Hidekazu Tojo, world renowned Japanese chef and creator of the iconic “California Roll.” Supplied photo.

Mathieu Beausoleil and Chef Hidekazu Tojo, world renowned Japanese chef and creator of the iconic “California Roll.” Supplied photo.

Northern Life's resident foodie — web and digital media manager Mathieu Beausoleil — recently won the Finish Cook Like a Top Chef Contest.

The contest, sponsored by Finish and the Food Network, involved contestants sending in photos of their best Top Chef Canada-calibre dish.

In sending in a photo of his roasted beet and avocado tartare, Beausoleil won the grand prize.

This was a “chef worthy culinary weekend” for two to one of nine major Canadian cities, “complete with spending money and exclusive meals at renown restaurants in that city.”

Beausoleil and his wife, Emily, decided to visit Vancouver, B.C., this past weekend.

“My wife and I embarked on a remarkable trip to Vancouver and ate at some of the best restaurants, which included Tojo's Japanese Restaurant, Black and Blue Steakhouse and Hawksworth Restaurant,” he said.

“One could not miss a trip to the food trucks, which is a key player in the Vancouver food scene. We visited Mom's Grilled Cheese Truck and my favourite, Japadog, a street meat vendor offering up hot dogs and sausages topped with traditional Japanese toppings.

“We had the opportunity to visit known sites such as Stanley Park, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Granville Island and a day trip to Whistler.”

Beyond winning the Finish Cook Like a Top Chef Contest, Beausoleil was a top contender for a spot in the Top 50 of MasterChef Canadaand had the winning dish for the week of March 17 for the Are You a MasterChef Showcase.


Beausoleil’s win will be featured on the Food Network during the upcoming finale of the show Top Chef, which airs May 12 at 9 p.m.

Beausoleil will also be hosting Sudbury Living magazine’s cooking contest and web series, Cook for Me Sudbury, in which home chefs from the community strut their stuff for a panel of judges, including finale event guest judge and MasterChef Canada runner-up, Marida Mohammed. Visit the Cook for Me website for details.

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