Since the early age of fourteen, Andrea has been consumed by the art of food. She is a creator, teacher and connoisseur. Andrea is a Red Seal certified chef who received her culinary training at George Brown College in Toronto. Her professional experience includes positions in respected Toronto restaurants and culinary institutes such as Great Cooks, Via Allegro, The Fifth, Humber College, George Brown College, 35 Elm, Cafe Nervosa, as well as traveling the culinary globe and working with internationally acclaimed chefs and the world renowned 6 star cruise line Regent Seven Seas. Andrea has also trained in New York City under Roberto Caporuscio and now holds a diploma from the A.P.N. of Naples, Italy, distinguishing her as a certified Pizzaiuoli.
Andrea’s passion for food is evident in her masterful creations, which celebrate the purity of local and seasonal ingredients. Supporting sustainability, Canadian farmers, purveyors and Ocean Wise is the central tenet of her cuisine. Through this love of local and seasonal produce, Andrea created her own artisan product line called Killer Condiments which is available across Canada and was showcased on the hit television show Food Factory.
Andrea’s Food Network stardom originated when she appeared as a contestant on Season 1 of Food Network’s Top Chef Canada and in-house chef on The Marilyn Denis Show. Andrea is currently the Chef/Host on Food Network’s Restaurant Takeover.
Andrea Nicolson will be one of our guest judges for the Sandwich Smackdown, presented by Foodies on Foot, sponsored by Ace Bakery.