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.
“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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