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Top Chef Canada Season Four Contestants Split Along Gender Lines

02/03/2014 01:55 EST | Updated 02/04/2014 02:59 EST
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Top Chef Canada's fourth season starts March 10, 2014, on the Food Network, and the contestants are already drawing their knives.

With the names of the 14 chefs who will be competing released, the selection reveals a cross-Canada mix that shows skills ranging from hunting to illustrating to natural nutrition. For the first time, the show also has a chef from the Northwest Territories, as well as a perfectly equal number of female and male chefs. Which show producers are apparently using as a theme:

As Top Chef Canada head judge Mark McEwan (who returns alongside resident judge Shereen Arazm and host Lisa Ray) tweeted:

While the female contestants each note their gender and how hard they've fought to succeed in this industry in their audition videos, most viewers familiar with food reality TV will probably shrug their shoulders at this distinction. After all, the last winner of Top Chef in the U.S. was Kristen Kish, and it's a 50/50 possibility that this season (set to end this week) will also have a female winner.

But regardless of gender, the Canadian competitors seem to know the game well this time around, and are coming out swinging. Check out the contestants for season four of Top Chef Canada here:

Top Chef Canada Season 4: Meet The Contestants

NAME: Dawn Doucette, 41

GIG: ‎Product Development Chef at Earls Restaurants

HOMETOWN and OFFICE: Vancouver, BC

This was Doucette's third time auditioning for the show.

NAME: Lauren Marshall, 27

GIG: ‎Natural nutrition student and chef de cuisine at EnVie

HOMETOWN: Mount Uniacke, NS

OFFICE: Halifax

NAME: Karine Moulin, 36

GIG: ‎Pastry chef at Hotel Arts

HOMETOWN: All over

OFFICE: Calgary

NAME: Gabriela Neda, 25

GIG: ‎Junior sous chef and wine steward chef at the Calgary Petroleum Club

HOMETOWN: Caracas, Venezuela

OFFICE: Calgary

NAME: Shelley Robinson, 49

GIG: Former executive chef for Delta Sun Peaks

HOMETOWN and OFFICE: Kamloops, BC

Fun fact: Robinson won on her episode of Chopped Canada.

NAME: Evelynn Takoff, 28

GIG: Chef de cuisine at Micro; formerly a chef at RauDZ Regional Table

HOMETOWN and OFFICE: Kelowna, BC

NAME: Ruth Wigman, 31

GIG: Sous chef at Bistro Sofia

HOMETOWN: Burnaby, BC

OFFICE: St. John's, NL

NAME: Vittorio Colacitti

GIG: Chef at Loblaw Companies

HOMETOWN and OFFICE: Toronto

NAME: Rich Francis

GIG: Chef and owner of Aboriginal Culinary Concepts

HOMETOWN: Fort McPherson, NT

OFFICE: Six Nations, ON

NAME: Pierre Lamielle

GIG: Chef instructor at The Cookbook Co.

HOMETOWN: North Vancouver, BC

OFFICE: Calgary

NAME: Mike Robbins, 28

GIG: Chef at The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

HOMETOWN and OFFICE: Vancouver

NAME: René Rodriguez, 41

GIG: Chef and owner at Navarra

HOMETOWN and OFFICE: Ottawa

NAME: Terry Salmond, 30

GIG: Executive chef at Walper Hotel

HOMETOWN: Scarborough, ON

OFFICE: Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

NAME: Jesse Vergen, 35

GIG: Executive chef at Saint John Ale House, chef/owner of Smoking Pig Real BBQ and partner with Harmony Growers Vegetables

HOMETOWN: Saint John, NB

OFFICE: Quispamsis, NB