Filipina-Jamaican chef de cuisine to compete in Top Chef Canada

Vancouver, B.C.

Andrea Alridge of Cincin Ristorante + Bar

Mildred German

Once again chefs and culinary masters across Canada will be competing in the popular tv show Top Chef Canada. Its Season 9 airs on April 19, 2021 at the Food Network and Vancouver will be represented as well.

Filipina-Jamaican Chef de Cuisine Andrea Alridge, of Downtown Vancouver’s Italian restaurant, Cincin Ristorante + Bar, will be competing in the upcoming new season. Alridge is one of the two chefs from Vancouver who will bring their talents to the show this year. The other chef is Sous-Chef Kim Nguyen of Pidgin, located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

“Food was a huge part of my upbringing,” says 30-year-old Alridge, who also said in an interview with Vancouver Is Awesome she’s eager to use her time in the Top Chef Canada kitchen and to show what she’s capable of doing.

Beside working at CinCin, which is famous for its open flame grill and refined dishes, Canadian-born Alridge also has a pool of culinary influence from her Filipino and Jamaican backgrounds.

Alridge began her professional cooking career with Cactus Club Cafe, then with Raincity Grill where she worked her way up to the Sous Chef position. Alridge then joined CinCin where from being the Chef de Partie has earned her current position as the Chef de Cuisine. She attended the Culinary Arts program at Vancouver Community College (VCC).

Top Chef Canada’s season 9 premiere will be hosted by Toronto-born Eden Grinshpan, who is also the author of EATING OUT LOUD: Bold Middle Eastern Flavours For All Day, Every Day.


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