Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 2nd 2014 Contents A46
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt February 2, 2014
Attn: Human Resource Manager
Western Scientific Company Limited
100-101 Bhim and Barry Crescent
After a dramatic second episode last week Monday,
Marida Mohammed, of Trini roots, has been selected
as one of 16 finalists in the MasterChef Canada Sea-
son 1 television series, currently showing on CTV
The first challenge for the aspiring cooks was a
Stress Test, where they all had to prepare a stunning
chicken dish with very limited access to equipment.
The judges chose the final selection of 16 home cooks
after a dramatic round of tasting their efforts.
Marida Mohammed is delighted to have made the
cut. Cooking is a family pursuit for this home chef.
Not only did she audition with her twin sister for the
show, she says her entire family loves experimenting
Her food-focused family fueled Marida s passion
for cooking and she says she uses her Trinidadian
roots whenever she can in the kitchen.
"I curry everything," she says with a laugh, "and
I cook with so much love."
Marida s cooking spark ignited at age six, when
her mother would have Marida help her make roti.
Everything her mother prepared seemed delicious---
even foods, which, to Canadians, seem exotic, like
chicken feet and bitter melon.
Marida is seeking exposure on the MasterChef
Canada show. She wants to share her passion for
food and spotlight her Trinidadian influence. A restau-
rant co-owned with her twin sister Narida is in the
works if she wins the grand prize.
The full list of 16 finalists is as follows:
Ben Miner, a 33-year-old stand-up comedian and
satellite radio host from Ottawa; Brooke Feldman, a
Toronto makeup artist and entrepreneur; Carly Ten-
nant, a clothing store owner form Langley, BC; Dale
Kuda, a self-employed housekeeper form Toronto;
Danielle Cardozo, an Employment Development Offi-
cer and mother of three from Cranbrook, BC; Danny
Raposo, a construction worker from Brampton,
Ontario; Dora Cote, a plumber from Rocky Mountain
House, Alberta; Eric Chong, a chemical engineer from
Mohammed makes top 16
on Canada MasterChef
Oakville, Ontario; Josh Gale, an IT sales-
man from Vancouver; Julie Migual, a
bankruptcy analyst from Woodbridge,
Ontario; Kaila Klassen, a real estate
agent from Penticton, BC; Marida
Mohammed, a personal trainer from
Toronto, Ontario; Meghan Toth, a stay-
at-home mom from St Catherines;
Mike Green, a freelance journalist now
based in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Pino
DiCerbo, a stay-at-home dad from Mis-
sissauga, Ontario; and Tammara Behl,
a special needs teacher from Calgary,
Next Episode: The surviving home
cooks enter the MasterChef Canada
Kitchen for their first Mystery Box and
Hometown: Sudbury, Ontario
Currently lives: Toronto, Ontario
Occupation: Personal trainer
Signature Dish: Trini bake and red snapper with a
trio of sauces: tamarind sauce, chadon beni sauce
and a cucumber scotch bonnet sauce
What will audiences love about her?
"I think I can show people that even though you're a
stay-at-home mom and you've given your life to
your child, you can still follow your dreams and do
whatever you want. Hopefully stay-at-home moms
or someone who hasn't lived their dreams will see
me and say, 'You know what, if she can do it, maybe
What will the judges think of her food?
"They will love my food because I use a little bit of
spice while incorporating so many different cultures.
I really believe that the love you put into your food
will show up in the dish."
What should the other home cooks fear?
"I'm not just one-dimensional. I don't just cook
Trinidadian cuisine. I've been around so many
different cultures that I can bring different flavours
and incorporate different vegetables and spices to
showcase a really great dish."
MasterChef Canada airs Monday nights at 8 pm
ET/7 pm CT on CTV, Canada.
Last week's episode two can be seen on YouTube at
Links Archive February 1st 2014 February 3rd 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page