Fried, true and tested: Calgary's Nicole Gomes returns to Top Chef Canada

Top Chef Canada: All-Stars winner Nicole Gomes shows off how to make a unique take on a breakfast classic that could be perfect for Mother's Day. It's a recipe that helped make her one of the final two chefs on Iron Chef Gauntlet.

First, she tackled Top Chef Canada.

Next, she won Top Chef Canada: All-Stars (after hesitating to even appear on the show).

“It took me a long time to reply; I had to think about it … It’s not about the money – that’s a bonus, to be honest,” Nicole Gomes told Food Network Canada about the $100,000 prize.

“It was about a woman winning, as all of the four past seasons have been men.”

She just finished starring on Iron Chef Gauntlet.

Now, Gomes is on your TV again – ready to sample fried chicken on season 6 of Top Chef Canada.

The owner of Cluck N Cleaver and catering company Nicole Gourmet in Calgary, returns to TCC Sunday to guest judge the six remaining contestants in a quickfire competition.

“They’re under a lot of scrutiny because I eat so much chicken. Period,” Nicole says, with a laugh.

Nicole gave me a shout to chat about the food she’s tasting Sunday night, how she feels about judging fellow Calgarian Jinhee Lee, and what’s happening with her plans for Cluck N Cleaver’s world domination.



With three episodes to go, there are six chefs remaining in the competition.

Jinhee Lee is the only female left in the battle:

  • Nathan Guggenheimer, 35 – Saskatoon, Sask. (Eliminated episode 2 but won a spot to come back)
  • Elia Herrera, 37 – Toronto, Ont. (Eliminated episode 4)
  • Ross Larkin, 31 – St. John’s, N.L.
  • Jinhee Lee, 38 – Calgary, Alta.
  • JP Miron, 30 – Montreal, Que.
  • Ivana Raca, 33 – Toronto, Ont. (Eliminated episode 3)
  • Darren Rogers, 27 – Montreal, Que.
  • Mark Singson, 29 – Vancouver, B.C.
  • Matt Sullivan, 34 – Toronto, Ont. (Eliminated episode 5)
  • Felix Zhou, 29 – Coquitlam, B.C. (Eliminated episode 1)
  • Jesse Zuber, 29 – Saskatoon, Sask. (Eliminated episode 5)

The Top Chef Canada finale airs Sunday, May 27. – Sarah 

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