01/12/2015 02:36 EST | Updated 01/12/2015 02:59 EST

'MasterChef Canada' Season 2 Finalists Revealed


If your TV is often set to CTV (or any other Bell channel), you've probably seen the promos for the upcoming season of "MasterChef Canada."

The network promises it's going to be a doozy, as 49 talented home cooks compete for $100,000 and the "MC" title.

Season 2 might not premiere until Feb. 8, but CTV has unveiled who made the cut and it's an impressive, diverse group.

With 1.4 million viewers tuning into last month's "MasterChef Canada: A Holiday Special," it's clear Canadians want another helping.

There might be too many cooks in this kitchen, but some of the notable finalists vying for a spot in the Top 16 include Jon Hameister-Ries, a retired pro football player and financial advisor from Vancouver; Chris Mask, a firefighter and paramedic from Wahnapitae, Ont.; special needs teacher Debbie MacDonald from Port Hood, N.S.; Line Pelletier, a Canadian military veteran and computer specialist from Moncton; bus driver Mishie Gordiev from Winnipeg; Ian Giebelhaus, a rural veterinarian from Rimbey, Alta.; and bartender Kyle McKenna from Paradise, N.L.

"The first season of 'MasterChef Canada' became an instant hit for CTV, and we're looking forward to introducing this new group of incredibly talented home cooks to the country at 7 p.m. on Sunday nights," said Phil King, President - CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. "Coming from a variety of backgrounds, these home cooks all have the passion and drive necessary to bring home the 'MasterChef Canada' trophy. Our viewers have a real foodie fight to look forward to this season."

Unlike the American and kids' editions, "Canada" starts off big, with 49 wannabe chefs preparing their signature dish for judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung and Claudio Aprile. If they're wowed, they move on; if not, they have to leave the "MC" kitchen -- simple as apple pie with a buttery, flaky crust, sweet-yet-tart filling and a dollop of crème anglaise on top.

Yep, we're ready to eat this up.

"MasterChef Canada" premieres Sunday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and repeat on Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on M3 and Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two.

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