Thrill of the Grill 2014 Hosts

Lynn CrawfordLynn Crawford

Food Network Celebrity Chef and celebrated award-nominated cookbook author, Lynn Crawford has over 25 years of culinary experience. Lynn was the executive chef for the Four Seasons Hotel in both Toronto and New York and is currently the Chef-Owner of Ruby Watchco. The first female Canadian invited to participate in the Food Network's Iron Chef America in a battle with Bobby Flay and the battle continued as she competed on Top Chef Masters Season Five.

Lynn stars in the popular Food Network Canada show, Pitchin’ In. The show, among one of the highest rated cooking shows, follows Lynn as she visits farmers, growers, and fishermen across North America in search of the freshest and best ingredients. Throughout her journey, she takes on any challenge, relying on locals to show her how it’s done. Lynn’s dynamic hosting was nominated for a Gemini Award in 2010 and 2011.

The show inspired Lynn's first and best-selling cookbook, (2012) Pitchin' In: More Than 100 Great Recipes From Simple Ingredients. Lynn’s cooking philosophy is that the creation of a delicious meal requires passion and quality ingredients.

Her second cookbook, At Home with Lynn Crawford, was released in September 2013. Simple, real home cooking that's full of great flavour is the secret to Crawford's favourite everyday recipes that she serves at home. At Home with Lynn Crawford includes beautiful photography of the finished recipes to inspire you to keep it simple and enjoy time in your kitchen.

In 2010, Lynn launched Ruby Watchco, a market inspired, Chef driven, comfort food restaurant in Toronto’s East End, which has garnered critical acclaim as one of the best restaurants in the country.

Lynn has made regular television appearances on programs such as Iron Chef America, Restaurant Makeover, Top Chef Canada, Chopped Canada, The Marilyn Dennis Show, Steven and Chris, CBC’s The National, CityLine, CTV’s Canada AM, Global TV’s Morning Show. In addition, she has received numerous professional awards, including the OHI’s Chef of the Year (2012), Chevalier du Fromage; Thomas Jefferson Award Honoree from The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Consumer’s Choice Business Woman of the Year; Spokesperson for the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour.

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Tommy SmytheTommy Smythe

Tommy Smythe is known for his incredible sense of style, his passion for design and his signature look complete with an envious collection of bowties. With over 125 hours of design television under his (Hermes) belt, Tommy is as comfortable in auction houses, antique markets, city lofts, million dollar homes and just about any store on Fifth Avenue. As one of Canada’s most beloved design personalities, Tommy is not afraid to tell-it-how-it-is and viewers appreciate his frank, delightfully acerbic approach to interior design. In addition to his off-camera decorating work in Canada, the US and the UK, Tommy is a monthly contributor to Canadian House and Home magazine and has been featured on numerous design blogs including Habitually Chic, Apartment Therapy and Coco & Kelley.  He is a regular presenter at design shows across North America.

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Proceeds will support kidney cancer research at Sunnybrook's Odette Cancer Centre

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