Rodney Bowers shares his culinary skills regularly on THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW as the daytime series’ latest cooking expert, a position he won after he successfully completed MARILYN’s “Search for the Next Cooking Expert” in March 2014. The nation-wide search followed six incredibly skilled cooks from across Canada, as they battled it out in a week-long series of intense culinary challenges on live television.
Growing up in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, and being born into two large families full of bakers and professional cooks, Rodney was always surrounded with good comfort food. After his father joined the Military and moved the family around the world, Rodney began helping out in the family in kitchen, as his mother was always at the restaurant.
Rodney got his first job in the business at the age of 13 – in a local pizzeria. He hopped from one opportunity to another, moving from Newfoundland to Germany, Belgium, England, New York, and Connecticut, before ending up in Toronto.
In just a few years, Rodney rose from Entremetier in the Toronto kitchens of North 44 Canoe, to junior Sous Chef at the Four Seasons Hotel with Lynn Crawford, and Restaurant Chef at Massimo Capra’s Mistura.
In 2005, he opened his own restaurant The Rosebud, which was quickly acclaimed as one of Toronto’s top eateries. His other former bistro The Citizen, in Toronto’s Leslieville, also garnered rave reviews.
Rodney opened Hey Meatball! in 2011, as a quick simple family restaurant where parents don’t have to worry about the horrors of the fast food industry. It established a trend with being the first ever farm-to-table restaurant, serving quick service style food in Canada.
Rodney also appears as a regular guest chef on CANADA AM. He has also appeared on TRIPLE D and hosted THE DELINQUENT GOURMET. Rodney’s combination of kitchen skills, ability to connect food with people, business sense, charm, and competitive perseverance has catapulted him from cook to culinary master at the forefront of Toronto’s culinary scene.
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