Celebrity chef back on prime time

Richmond Hill Post - - Neighbourh­ood News -

Rich­mond Hill celebrity chef Clau­dio Aprile is back in the judge’s chair this month with the launch of MasterChef Canada, Sea­son 2. In the show, home cooks from across the coun­try com­pete against each other in an elim­i­na­tion com­pe­ti­tion. Fi­nal­ists com­pete for a chance to win a $100,000 cash prize. In ad­di­tion to Aprile, fel­low celebrity judges are Michael Bonacini (see pro­file pg. 35) and Alvin Le­ung. This year, some lo­cal cooks from the area have been named fi­nal­ists: Afaf Roubi, a stay-ath­ome mom and Gav Martell, a VP of prod­uct man­age­ment, both from Thorn­hill.

Thorn­hill res­i­dent Sharry Wil­son has re­cently pub­lished a book on leg­endary Canadian rocker Neil Young. Young Neil: The Sugar Moun­tain Years, pub­lished in the fall of 2014, ex­plores the mu­si­cian’s early life from “from his birth in Toronto through his school years in Florida, On­tario and Man­i­toba.”

The long­est mar­ried cou­ple in On­tario, Rich­mond Hill’s Florence, 89, and Willem, 94, Schur­man, will cel­e­brate their 72nd Valen­tine’s Day to­gether this month. They mar­ried three days af­ter the bomb­ing of Pearl Har­bour.

Thorn­hill na­tive Hay­den checks into Massey Hall this month for a spe­cial per­for­mance as part of the popular Live at Massey con­cert se­ries. The ac­claimed singer-song­writer is joined by Dan Man­gan + Black­smith. Hay­den’s lat­est al­bum, Us Alone, was re­leased in 2013 on the Arts & Crafts record la­bel.

Clau­dio Aprile

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