MasterChef Canada: Behind the Scenes in Season 4

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MasterChef Canada: Here I Come!!!

I was thrilled to be a guest diner on MasterChef Canada” Season 4 Episode 8, in which home cooks did a restaurant takeover of “Auberge du Pommier“. Located in midtown Toronto, “Auberge du Pommier” has been a long-standing fixture of the Toronto fine dining scene, owned by MasterChef Canada Judge, Michael Bonacini. Auberge was one of those local restaurants I’d always heard about but never had a chance to visit, so double bonus!

The Filming

As I was waiting outside, I spotted Claudio Aprile, MasterChef Canada judge (owner of now-closed Origin, soon-to-open Copetin). My group arrived and we were escorted into the restaurant after signing a waiver.

We were seated and assigned as “Blue Team” tasters! The caliber of the food was really excellent – truly amazing that these are homecooks. We waited a little longer for dishes than a regular restaurant, but that was to be expected. Champagne was flowing (it was my friend’s birthday), we laughed, we ate, we laughed some more. We almost forgot about the cameras, until suddenly MasterChef judge Alvin Leung appeared with a camera person and asked my friend what she thought of the meal! She, of course, handled her moment on camera with grace.  The meal ended and we could watch the judges as they were filming their tasting in a cordoned-off area at the centre of the restaurant.

What a fun and interesting experience! For the record, I’m placing my bets on either Trevor or Miranda to take the MasterChef Canada crown this season! You can actually check out full episodes on CTV’s website

In Pictures

front door

Entering Auberge du Pommier!

auberge du pommier sign

Private event, aren’t we fancy? 🙂


Beautiful centrepiece

beautiful girls

Suzanne and me, taking a selfie of course!

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We were assigned to be “Blue Team” tasters! Oh we also had champagne.

Blue Team Menu

Delicious items on the menu – we couldn’t wait to try them!

duck consommé with puff pastry

This duck consommĂ© “en croute” was my FAVOURITE dish!

bayonne ham wrapped munkfish

This was “Bourride de lotte” was really yummy too. Bayonne ham wrapped monkfish, saffron fumet, leeks and smoked potato.

Beef steak

Meat lovers delight: Filet de Boeuf, with braised oxtail, heirloom carrot, sarladaise potatoes and sauce bordelaise.

masterchef survey

It wouldn’t be a competition without a survey, right?


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I'm a Canadian mother of two with a passion for food and cooking. I'm increasingly discovering that delicious food can also be healthy! So, I am sharing my favourite recipes with like-minded home cooks. Along the way, I'll also be writing about food-related topics such as gadgets, books and television. Let the culinary adventures begin!

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