2018 honorary co-chairs
Chuck is the co-owner and executive chef of Montreal hot-spots, Garde Manger and Le Bremner. He is also the talented star of such Food Network Canada and Cooking Channel (U.S.) shows as Chuck’s Day Off, Chuck’s Week Off and Chuck’s Eat The Street. His unbridled passion for entertaining translates into both memorable food and captivating television.
After going to culinary school and working in some of the hottest restaurants in Montreal he partnered with his two best friends and opened Garde Manger to rave reviews and packed seating. In August 2011, he and his partners opened their second restaurant in Old Montreal – Le Bremner.
Five years ago Chuck and the team at Crown Salts first catered the VIP Artist World at Osheaga, Montreal’s renowned 3 day music and arts festival. Since then, every year Chuck and his team create an unforgettable dining experience for the more than the 100 appearing bands at the festival.
Some of the other highlights of Chuck’s celebrity cooking career include; becoming the youngest Canadian chef to win on Iron Chef America; starring with nine other celebrity chefs on The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs; joining an all-star panel of judges on Chopped Canada as well as publishing two best-selling books for Harpercollins Canada, “Garde Manger” and “Chuck’s Day Off.”
Recently he starred in two Quebec series À couteaux tirés and La Relève and launched a line of highly anticipated food products. My Kitchen Staples are delicious essential items such as olive oil, vinegars, maple syrup and antipastos that Chuck uses in both his restaurants and at home. All the staples are made by people he knows, trusts and gives credit for their quality. For example, My Greek Landlord’s Olive Oil is from his landlords’ olive groves in Crete, while My Apple Farmer’s Apple Cider Vinegar and My Woodsman’s Maple Syrup are crafted by small producers from where Chuck was born in the Montérégie region of Quebec.
My Kitchen Staples are currently available in 100 stores across Quebec and in fine food stores across Canada. Go to www.chuckhughes.ca to find the nearest one.
Recently Chuck starred in a new series alongside his best buddy, chef Danny Smiles. Food Network Canada’s Chuck and Danny’s Road Trip follows these two chefs as they explore and eat their way across Canada. Chuck also completed filming his new series Chuck’s World.
Aphrodite Salas is an award-winning journalist who has worked across Canada and around the world. She comes to CTV Montreal after hosting her own radio show, and anchoring the 6 o’clock news for Global Quebec. Prior to that, she covered national politics on Parliament Hill for CityTV’s Toronto and Vancouver stations.
During her time on the Hill, Aphrodite covered two prime ministers, the merging of the political right and the Liberal party’s sponsorship scandal. Aphrodite has also worked as a national correspondent for CTV News in Montreal, and was the network’s transportation reporter in Toronto. As an anchor, Aphrodite has been on the desks of CTV’s Newsnet, CityTV’s cp24 and for two CTV affiliates – CKCO Kitchener and CFQC Saskatoon.
Aphrodite broke into television while working at the Reuters East Africa bureau in Nairobi, Kenya. In a pinch, her bureau chief needed a French-speaking journalist to travel to West Africa and produce a number of short documentaries. Aphrodite ended up traveling through Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia as part of the assignment. She has also worked in India, England, the United States and sailed around the Pacific Ocean as part of an initiative of the Government of Japan.
Aphrodite holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto, an MA from Concordia University and a Certificate of Proficiency in French from McGill University. She has taught at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of Western Ontario and at the Political Science and Journalism departments of Concordia University.
Her industry awards include two RTNDA awards (Central Region and National Categories for Spot News, 2000) and she was part of the team at CityTV when they won the Gemini for best newscast in 2004.