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Top Chef Canada Season Four Contestants Split Along Gender Lines

Where Do This Year's Crop Of Top Chef Canada Contestants Come From?
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Top Chef Canada's fourth season starts March 10, 2014, on the Food Network, and the contestants are already drawing their knives.

With the names of the 14 chefs who will be competing released, the selection reveals a cross-Canada mix that shows skills ranging from hunting to illustrating to natural nutrition. For the first time, the show also has a chef from the Northwest Territories, as well as a perfectly equal number of female and male chefs. Which show producers are apparently using as a theme:

As Top Chef Canada head judge Mark McEwan (who returns alongside resident judge Shereen Arazm and host Lisa Ray) tweeted:

While the female contestants each note their gender and how hard they've fought to succeed in this industry in their audition videos, most viewers familiar with food reality TV will probably shrug their shoulders at this distinction. After all, the last winner of Top Chef in the U.S. was Kristen Kish, and it's a 50/50 possibility that this season (set to end this week) will also have a female winner.

But regardless of gender, the Canadian competitors seem to know the game well this time around, and are coming out swinging. Check out the contestants for season four of Top Chef Canada here:

NAME: Dawn Doucette, 41

GIG: Product Development Chef at Earls Restaurants

HOMETOWN and OFFICE: Vancouver, BC

This was Doucette's third time auditioning for the show.

GIG: Natural nutrition student and chef de cuisine at EnVie

HOMETOWN: Mount Uniacke, NS

OFFICE: Halifax

GIG: Pastry chef at Hotel Arts

HOMETOWN: All over

OFFICE: Calgary

GIG: Junior sous chef and wine steward chef at the Calgary Petroleum Club

HOMETOWN: Caracas, Venezuela

OFFICE: Calgary

GIG: Former executive chef for Delta Sun Peaks


GIG: Chef de cuisine at Micro; formerly a chef at RauDZ Regional Table


GIG: Sous chef at Bistro Sofia


OFFICE: St. John's, NL

NAME: Vittorio Colacitti

GIG: Chef at Loblaw Companies


HOMETOWN: Fort McPherson, NT

OFFICE: Six Nations, ON

GIG: Chef instructor at The Cookbook Co.

HOMETOWN: North Vancouver, BC

OFFICE: Calgary

NAME: Mike Robbins, 28

HOMETOWN and OFFICE: Vancouver

GIG: Chef and owner at Navarra


GIG: Executive chef at Walper Hotel

HOMETOWN: Scarborough, ON

OFFICE: Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

GIG: Executive chef at Saint John Ale House, chef/owner of Smoking Pig Real BBQ and partner with Harmony Growers Vegetables

HOMETOWN: Saint John, NB

OFFICE: Quispamsis, NB

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