Crowned as Canada’s Top Chef by Food Network’s Top Chef Canada: All-Stars, a competition that pitched the best of four seasons of Top Chef Canada. Nicole fought her way to the champion spot to become the first female winner of Canada’s most prestigious high-stakes culinary competition.
With over 20 years of professional experience and currently as chef owner of the highly successful Nicole Gourmet Catering, now in its eleventh year, Nicole has been intrigued by the kitchen from the very young age of 8. Her first exposure to professional cooking came during an apprenticeship at a Paris bistro. She has since cooked across the globe aside many accomplished chefs, notably in Sydney, Hong Kong, Vancouver’s West, and Catch in Calgary before opening Mercato as Executive Chef, one of Calgary’s top restaurants during her tenure. She also has travelled extensively as a guest chef including the James Beard House, in New York City.
Accomplishments as chef and owner of Nicole Gourmet Catering have been recognized with several awards including Western Living’s Top 40 Foodies under 40 in 2013, Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 in 2014, Alberta Women’s Entrepreneur nominee in 2014, and Calgary Herald’s Compelling Calgarians in 2015. In 2016, Gomes partnered with her sister to open Cluck N’ Cleaver, a crispy fried and French style rotisserie chicken take-out joint, priding itself on providing good food, fast. The highly successful, independently owned and operated business will soon be expanding in Calgary and across Western Canada.
Nicole donates her time to a large number of charitable causes, such as Calgary Health Trust’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a variety of food and children related organizations. Collectively throughout her Top Chef Canada viewing parties, Nicole has raised over $120,000 for a variety of charities close to her heart.
No matter what Nicole is cooking from her large repertoire of culinary experience, this busy chef, caterer, entrepreneur and passionate media personality remains committed to innovative, personalized cuisine served with personality and flair. Nothing gives her more joy than sharing her craft by bringing people together to enjoy great food.