Food Network Celebrity Chef and celebrated award-nominated cookbook author, Lynn Crawford has over 25 years of culinary experience. Lynn is the chef-owner of Ruby Watchco, in 2010, Lynn launched Ruby Watchco, a market inspired, Chef driven, restaurant in Toronto’s East End, which has garnered critical acclaim as one of the best restaurants in the country. Lynn was the executive chef for the Four Seasons Hotel in both Toronto and New York and the first female Canadian invited to participate in the Food Network’s Iron Chef America in a battle with Bobby Flay. The battle continued as she competed on Top Chef Masters Season Five.
Lynn stars in the popular Food Network Canada show, Pitchin’ In. The show, among one of the highest rated cooking shows, follows Lynn as she visits farmers, growers, and fishermen across North America in search of the freshest and best ingredients. Throughout her journey, she takes on any challenge, relying on locals to show her how it’s done. Lynn’s dynamic hosting and the series was nominated for a Gemini Award in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
The show inspired Lynn’s first and best-selling cookbook, (2012) Pitchin’ In: More Than 100 Great Recipes From Simple Ingredients. Lynn’s cooking philosophy is that the creation of a delicious meal requires passion and quality ingredients.
Her second cookbook, At Home with Lynn Crawford, was released in September 2013. Simple, real home cooking that’s full of great flavour is the secret to Crawford’s favourite everyday recipes that she serves at home. At Home with Lynn Crawford includes beautiful photography of the finished recipes to inspire you to keep it simple and enjoy time in your kitchen.
Lynn has made regular television appearances on programs such as Chopped Canada, Top Chef Canada, Restaurant Makeover, The Marilyn Dennis Show, Steven and Chris, CBC’s The National, CityLine, CTV’s Canada AM, Global TV’s Morning Show. In addition, she is the spoke person for KitchenAid, and Egg Farmers of Canada.
Lynn has received numerous professional awards, including the OHI’s Chef of the Year (2012), Chevalier du Fromage; Thomas Jefferson Award Honoree from The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Consumer’s Choice Business Woman of the Year; Spokesperson for the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour.
Chef Lynn Crawford has some big plans for 2015, including a cookbook, new TV show “The Great Canadian Cookbook” and her new restaurant “The Hearth” at the Pearson International Airport Toronto; featuring Lynn’s flavourful creations opened April 2015.