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Executive Chef Competes on Food Network Canada’s Chopped Canada


MacEwan Conference and Event Centre and the Students’ Union at the University of Calgary are pleased to announce their Executive Chef Craig D’Cruze is competing on an upcoming episode of Food Network Canada’s television series, Chopped Canada. Following a nationwide search, Chef D’Cruze joins this season’s batch of chefs vying to join the growing roster of Chopped Canada champions.

“We are so excited to see Chef D’Cruze compete on Chopped Canada” said Michael Hoskin, the director of conference and events at MacEwan Conference and Event Centre.  “His passion for cooking is evident and our clients rave about his food.  Because of that, I know he will have a huge crowd of fans cheering him on during his episode.”

Chopped Canada is the Canadian adaptation of the original high stakes culinary competition show Chopped. In each episode, four chefs compete before a panel of expert judges.  The chefs race against the clock to turn mystery ingredients into an extraordinary three-course meal.  Course by course the chefs are chopped from the competition until only one remains.  There’s $10,000 on the line in this cut-throat competition.

The Chopped Canada episode featuring Chef D’Cruze airs Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. MT on Food Network Canada. Details on a viewing party will be announced the week of the show.


About Executive Chef Craig D’Cruze:

Executive Chef Craig D’Cruze brings his 14 years of culinary experience to MacEwan Conference and Event Centre. He is a graduate of the culinary arts program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and has worked in some of the finest and most reputable establishments in Calgary. He prides himself on using fresh, local and sustainable ingredients as available to present the most delightful and creative dishes. Chef D’Cruze resides in Calgary with his wife and family.


About MacEwan Conference and Event Centre:

The MacEwan Conference and Event Centre is one of Calgary’s top event facilities. The versatility of the meeting rooms, hall, ballroom and pre-function space allows for creative solutions for any event. Located at the University of Calgary, this versatile venue offers more than 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The venue is professionally managed by the University of Calgary Students’ Union. Visit or for more information.


For interview requests, please contact:

Ginger Bertrand
Publicist, Food Network Canada
Shaw Media


For other inquiries, please contact:

Robyn Dinnadge
Director, Marketing and Communications
Students’ Union, University of Calgary

Executive Chef Craig D'Cruze