Image: Kevin Koohtow from Victoria, BC will appears in episode 18 "Pepper Powerhouse". (Food Network)

Fresh off the successful launch of the new French bistro-style menu at O Bistro at the Oswego Hotel in mid-April, Chef Koohtow will appear as one of the contestants on Food Network Canada’s “Chopped Canada” this spring.

In each episode, four chefs compete before an all-star rotating panel of three expert judges. Armed with skill and ingenuity, the chef competitors race against the clock to turn the mystery ingredients from their iconic baskets into an extraordinary three-course meal. Course-by-course, the judges decide which competitor host Brad Smith will “chop” from the competition until only the winner remains. 

Chef Koohtow appears in episode 18, titled, “Pepper Powerhouse,” on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

While the show has filmed and the results are known, Chef Koohtow is sworn to secrecy about how it all unfolded for he and his fellow chefs.

“It was an amazing and surreal experience,” says Chef Koohtow. “The best part about filming the episode was not knowing the secret ingredients in the basket; I mean, there could have been anything in there!”

Chef Koohtow decided to audition for the show because he loves a good challenge, but above all he wanted to make his father proud.

When to watch: Food Network Canada is broadcast on TELUS Optik (channel 313) and Shaw (channel 25 – basic, and channel 245 – digital).