Eric Chong is a Canadian chef who became the winner of the first season of Masterchef Canada at age 21. He obtained a degree in chemical engineering from McMaster University and started working in the field, but quit when he heard the casting call for Masterchef Canada. After winning the competition, Chong received an offer from Alvin Leung, one of the judges, to train with him and open a restaurant together. Leung noted similarities between himself and Chong, such as their background in engineering and their families' initial disapproval of their choice of trade. They opened R&D in Toronto in 2015, serving Asian fusion dishes such as lobster chow mein, inspired by his winning dish in the final round. Chong later made a cameo on MasterChef Canada season 3, where the two teams took over R&D's kitchen serving various alumni of the show and were judged on their performance.
About Eric Chong
Canadian chef who gained fame when he won MasterChef Canada at just 22 years old. One of the youngest to ever win the cooking competition show.
Chong discovered his love for cooking while in college at Hamilton McMaster University.
He was encouraged to pursue competing in MasterChef by his mother's hairdresser.
His grandfather was supportive of his desire to be a chef.
Information related to Eric Chong
- Canadian Chinese cuisine
- MasterChef Canada
- Canadian chefs
- Participants in Canadian reality television series