The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo is proud to present the Food Network Stage. Satisfy your hunger for a fabulous culinary experience, the Food Network Stage offers continuous chef demonstrations throughout the Expo. Don't miss our non-stop line up of celebrated professionals; from breakthrough talents, to trend-setting innovators, to seasoned celebrities. The Food Network Stage is sure to provide something for everyone! Our eager audience is invited to interact with our recognized chefs and learn the secrets of their culinary delights. Aspiring sous-chefs from the Niagara College Culinary Institute aid in the preparation and presentation of each demonstration. 2014 Food Network Stage Schedule Coming soon!
Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford
Don’t miss the Lynn on the Food Network Stage!
Friday, November 21st at 3pm & 6pm
Food Network Celebrity Chef and celebrated award-nominated cookbook author, Lynn Crawford has over 25 years of culinary experience. Lynn was the executive chef for the Four Seasons Hotel in both Toronto and New York and is currently the Chef-Owner of Ruby Watchco. The first female Canadian invited to participate in the Food Network's Iron Chef America in a battle with Bobby Flay and the battle continued as she competed on Top Chef Masters Season Five.
Lynn stars in the popular Food Network Canada show, Pitchin’ In. The show, among one of the highest rated cooking shows, follows Lynn as she visits farmers, growers, and fishermen across North America in search of the freshest and best ingredients. Throughout her journey, she takes on any challenge, relying on locals to show her how it’s done. Lynn’s dynamic hosting was nominated for a Gemini Award in 2010 and 2011.
The show inspired Lynn's first and best-selling cookbook, (2012) Pitchin' In: More Than 100 Great Recipes From Simple Ingredients. Lynn’s cooking philosophy is that the creation of a delicious meal requires passion and quality ingredients.
Her second cookbook, At Home with Lynn Crawford, was released in September 2013. Simple, real home cooking that's full of great flavour is the secret to Crawford's favourite everyday recipes that she serves at home. At Home with Lynn Crawford includes beautiful photography of the finished recipes to inspire you to keep it simple and enjoy time in your kitchen.
In 2010, Lynn launched Ruby Watchco, a market inspired, Chef driven, comfort food restaurant in Toronto’s East End, which has garnered critical acclaim as one of the best restaurants in the country.
Lynn has made regular television appearances on programs such as Iron Chef America, Restaurant Makeover, Top Chef Canada, Chopped Canada, The Marilyn Dennis Show, Steven and Chris, CBC’s The National, CityLine, CTV’s Canada AM, Global TV’s Morning Show. In addition, she has received numerous professional awards, including the OHI’s Chef of the Year (2012), Chevalier du Fromage; Thomas Jefferson Award Honoree from The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Consumer’s Choice Business Woman of the Year; Spokesperson for the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour.