Top Chef Canada’s Dustin Gallagher to leave Grace after four years

Top Chef Canada’s Dustin Gallagher to leave Grace after four years

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Dustin Gallagher, the adorably smiley chef who narrowly missed the finals on season one of Top Chef Canada, is moving on after four years at College Street restaurant Grace—but he’s not headed to another Toronto kitchen just yet. Owner Leslie Gibson told The Dish that Gallagher eventually hopes to open a restaurant of his own, but first plans to spend some time travelling around Europe (in search of inspiration, perhaps?). After interviewing several applicants, Gibson and husband Chris Hoffman have chosen Kevin Castonguay, formerly of Woodlot, to dish up Grace’s homey food. He and Gallagher have been orchestrating the handover for several weeks, and Gallagher will be gone for good in a few days—which means that diners hoping to catch a glimpse of that trademark grin have precious little time to get down to College Street.