Two chefs battle it out through three rounds in an improvised appetizer competition. May the best skillet win
Paddy Townsend, a Hamilton-based Chopped Canada champion who works at the Arlington Hotel in Paris, and Lucas Jones from Southern Smoke on Ottawa Street North vied for bragging rights Monday night in a national competition called BATTLEAPPS. The eight-city touring contest is a promotion for McCain Foods presented by the Underground Chef Company. Other participating cities include Toronto, London, Montreal, Halifax, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Kelowna. The Hamilton leg was held at Southern Smoke, with almost 100 onlookers. Townsend and Jones cooked in three rounds, tasked with creating appetizers using McCain ingredients including chicken or liver, pub chips, tender tots and cauliflower bits. Who claimed the app-king title? Chef Townsend.
Paddy Townsend, a Chopped Canada champion, above, right, and Lucas Jones from Southern Smoke on Ottawa Street North competed there against each other Monday night.
Jones, left, and Townsend plate their first round: poutine.
Judge Sebastien de Vuyst takes in the aroma of one of the dishes from the three rounds of competition.
Spectators keep a close watch on the action.