In last night’s season finale of Top Chef Canada, Chef Rich Francis (along with Chef Terry Salmond) said goodbye to the heated competition. Chef Francis is the chef and owner of Aboriginal Culinary Concepts. Though he’s left Top Chef Canada, we can’t wait to see what’s next for Chef Rich Francis. Let’s see what this extremely talented chef had to say about his experience on Top Chef Canada…
How was your experience on Top Chef Canada?
Career-wise it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. The exposure I have received for my food has been like none other. I am grateful for my time on TCC.
What were the biggest challenges and best rewards about being a part of the show?
The biggest challenge going in would be the living arrangements; I’m a private person. I would have to say the most rewarding part was the amazing advice and knowledge from guest judges off camera.
What are you most excited about for the future?
I’m most excited about taking my food to the next level – Canada-wide and into the US. It’s a very exciting time for First Nation Cuisine. Anticipate my concept of Modern Indigenous cuisine to grow and expand…
Tell us about your audition video – what was the inspiration?
The inspiration for the audition was to simply bring awareness to First Nation cookery and be the first First Nation chef to be on TCC.
Why do you think the team at Top Chef Canada picked your audition tape?
I think my style of cooking is perfect for TCC and I have something very unique to offer.
Can you give any tips to chefs who aspire to be on Top Chef Canada?
Flavour is king.
Finish this sentence. I love Toronto because…
…of its rapidly expanding “Urban Aboriginal” population.
What are three things you can’t live without?
Family, friends, and food.
What are some of your favourite restaurants and why?
Even though we do high-end food all the time, chefs want some place they can relax, unwind, and let go for a while. I search for the places no one knows about. Like a recent pho place I found at three in the morning – so good.
Check out Chef Rich Francis’ audition tape below…
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