Leblanc made the announcement late Tuesday evening on April 7, 2015, in a Facebook post. However, when contacted he was unable to comment about his experience because of contractual obligations to the show restricting him from doing so until after the show airs.
The episode called Crabby Pans will air on May 30, 2015.
Celebrity judges on this episode include Susur Lee, John Higgins, and Eden Grinshpan. Competing chefs Leblanc will face off against include Chris MacDougall from Banff, AB, Matt Rosen from Toronto, and Sonya Sammut from Montreal.
About the Chopped Canada
Premiering to a record-breaking audience high, the top-rated high-stakes culinary competition series Chopped Canada returns for a second season with three new celebrity judges, even more challenging ingredients, special themed episodes, and chef contestants from all over Canada. In each episode, four chefs compete before an all-star rotating panel of three expert judges. Armed with skill and ingenuity, the chef competitors race against the clock to turn mystery ingredients into an extraordinary three-course meal. Course by course, the judges chop the chefs from the competition until only one remains. With $10,000 on the line, the stakes are high. Who will survive the chopping block?
About Chef Leblanc
Benjamin Leblanc has developed his culinary skills working all over the world including Michelin Star rated restaurants in Europe. In April 2014, Leblanc along with his wife, Ginette Tremblay, took ownership of the Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast. Built in 1876, this local landmark has served many purposes and has found it’s true calling as a Bed and Breakfast.
Congratulations Ben we can’t wait to see you on Chopped Canada!
Leblanc Speaks Out About His Upcoming Appearance on Chopped Canada
Since Chef Leblanc announced he will appear on Chopped Canada people have been contacting him asking questions. However, the T.V. show restricts him from speaking about certain aspects of the show until after his episode airs. Leblanc contacted Chopped and said, “there’s lots of people contacting me and I need to be able to say something. So Chopped Canada has given me some leeway. I can’t go into details of what I cooked, the filming process, or whether I won or not.”
“I applied because I wanted to create an awareness for comber. I want people to come to Comber for the B&B and my cooking, but I also want to put my village on the map.”
Two weeks after taking over the Iron Kettle the producers of Chopped Canada stayed at the bed and breakfast to shoot Leblanc’s biography for the show. “I applied in March, we took over the Iron Kettle in April, the producers came and stayed here in the middle of May, and we filmed the show in June of last year. I hope Comber will get some exposure. We drove out in the county, and even went to my in laws’ family’s farm.”
“I was in Toronto for 2 days to film the show, it was a crazy, stressful and fun experience. It was very intense, cooking was in real time. It was difficult to work under pressure but it is part of the business. The biggest challenge was being in a foreign kitchen. If you put yourself in your sister in laws kitchen and you’re doing dishes you might not know where to the spoons go. I had 20 minutes to put a recipe together and had no clue where anything was. That was a whole world of stress. You see the horror episodes where people don’t even put anything on the plate in the challenge, so i was really pushing myself to finish. The outcome will be on May 30th at 9pm on Food Network.”
“It’s pretty cool to see how things go viral on social media and how everybody around here knows about it. I crossed the border to see a Detroit Tigers game. On my way back the border agent knew who I was because she saw the post on Facebook. Its very humbling but at the same what’s happening is what I set out to do. This appearance on Chopped Canada is generating a lot of buzz which is exactly what I wanted for the Iron Kettle and for Comber.”
Join Chef Leblanc for a viewing party on May 30, starting at 8pm at Mr Biggs Eatery & Sportsbar located at 405 Notre Dame St, SS 1, Belle River, ON. The episode will air at 9pm and live music will follow.
Local Chefs Recently on Chopped Canada
Janet Burnup was on the March 7 episode, at the time she was working at Lifetimes on Riverside. She recently moved to the Windsor area from Mississauga last fall. Janet was the Chopped Canada Champion taking home the $10,000 prize that episode. Congratulations Janet!
In addition, Chef John Alverez from Sushi Guru was on Feb 14, and Chef Ted Dimolgou from Tiki Sushi was on Feb. 28. Although neither won, both represented Windsor well and we’re proud of them!
Aired episodes can be viewed on the Chopped Canada Episode Guide & T.V. Schedule. As future episodes are aired they’ll be added for viewing including Chef Leblanc’s appearance on May 30, 2015.