Rodney Bowers has a passion for sharing his love of all kinds of food. His culinary skill and natural charm has catapulted him to the forefront of Toronto’s culinary scene.
Bowers is the go-to cooking expert on The Marilyn Denis Show, having cinched the position after winning the show’s “Search for the Next Cooking Expert” in 2014, where six highly-skilled chefs competed in a week-long series of challenges live on TV.
Growing up in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, as part of a large family full of bakers and professional cooks, Bowers was always surrounded with good food. He began helping out in the family kitchen at a young age and got his first job in the business at the age of 13 in a local pizzeria. Soon, he began hopping from one culinary opportunity to another, eventually moving to Germany, Belgium, England, New York, and Connecticut, before calling Toronto home.
In the span of just a few years, Bowers rose from Entremetier in the Toronto kitchens of North 44 and Canoe, to junior Sous Chef at the Four Seasons Hotel with Lynn Crawford, and then Restaurant Chef at Massimo Capra’s Mistura.
In 2005, Bowers opened his own restaurant, The Rosebud, which quickly became one of Toronto’s top eateries. He followed it with a bistro called The Citizen in the city’s Leslieville neighbourhood, and in 2011, opened Hey Meatball!, which was one of Canada’s first farm-to-table restaurants, serving quick-service style food.
Bowers also appears as a regular guest chef on Canada AM, and has appeared on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and hosted The Delinquent Gourmet. He is a Culinary Arts professor and a coordinator for the Food Media program at Centennial College.