Eric Chong

Hometown: Oakville, Ont.
Currently Resides: Oakville, Ont.  Occupation: Chemical Engineer
Signature Dish: Pan seared Duck breast with rice, red thai curry sauce, homemade spring rolls and plum sauce

A self-proclaimed ninja, Eric already has a lot under his belt; he’s a chemical engineer, a graduate of McMaster University, and a cook of 15 years. At 6 years old, he began with simple tasks in the kitchen and worked his way up, following in the footsteps of his grandfather who is the head chef at a Chinese restaurant. Determined to prove himself, Eric loves cooking foods with a ‘wow factor.’ Some dishes in his repertoire include a vegetarian mushroom risotto, and fresh homemade pasta. He cites MASTERCHEF judge Gordon Ramsay as his chef idol.

Eric’s motivation stems from a desire to prove his worthiness as a chef to his parents. Cooking wasn’t an acceptable career option in his household, but now, with a chance at the title of MasterChef Canada, Eric is hoping to prove he has a viable future as a successful chef. If he wins, Eric wants to open his own restaurant in his hometown of Oakville. He’d also like to be a food critic and thinks being paid to eat and increase his food knowledge would be an amazing job.