County Chopped

This competition pits local chefs against one another as they race against the clock to create the best meal for the celebrity judges – but of course there’s a catch! Contestants must use the local ingredients given to them in the “surprise basket”.


Melanie Aubert 

Melanie Aubert loves all things food and wine and writes about both on her blog Wining with Mel. Born in France, raised in Toronto, and now living in Ottawa, this graduate of Algonquin College’s sommelier program is a strong advocate of local wines. She firmly believes that good company, beautiful scenery, and a glass of wine can cure all ills, which is why she loves to visit the County any chance she gets.

Rebecca Mackenzie

Rebecca is passionate about agriculture, tourism, and culture. She is lucky in her role as Executive Director for the Culinary Tourism Alliance as it enables her to work with stakeholders from a variety of sectors across the province, the country and the globe, supporting the development of local economies through building new business partnerships and community driven experiences that showcase “taste of place”.

Over her tourism development career, Rebecca has been instrumental in developing tourism products including Prince Edward County’s award winning Taste Trail and Arts Trail; OCTA’s Feast On™ designation program; and her own sports tourism business – the Terroir Run.

Rebecca instructed at the Bonavista Institute for Cultural Tourism and has developed curriculum for George Brown College. She leads new business development for the Terroir Hospitality Group and contributes her expertise to a variety of industry Boards including the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation and the UNWTO’s Gastronomic Tourism Network.

Born and raised in Toronto, Rebecca spent her summers in rural Ontario. In her grade 12 year of high school, Rebecca sailed with Class Afloat on a 156-foot tall ship to 20 countries in Europe and Africa – an experience that rooted her passion for travel and adventure.

Dyan Perry

Raised in Hastings County, Dyan moved to Toronto to chase her dreams and enjoy the hustle & bustle of city-life. With a background in luxury brands, loyalty marketing, communications and both print & digital media, Dyan has worked with many prestigious national and international brands. All of her marketing experience has lead her to establish her own social media marketing company called “Social Graces Marketing” where she helps her clients with all of their social media, digital marketing and branding needs. Dyan is also the Founder of Toronto lifestyle blog “GenerationYYZ”, a go-to guide for Millennials of Toronto to live their lives to the fullest! Dyan remains connected to the Hastings & Prince Edward County area as the Lifestyle Editor of Quinte region’s “Healthy Living Now” magazine, working remotely from Toronto.