Chef Matthew Stowe recently returned to Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary to cook with culinary students.

Chef Matthew Stowe recently returned to Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary to cook with culinary students.

Canada Day gig for Cloverdale’s Top Chef

Chef Matthew Stowe is this year's grand marshal of Vancouver's Canada Day parade.

First he marshaled the 2013 Cloverdale Rodeo Parade, and now he’s got another big gig lined up.

Cloverdale’s hometown food hero and Canada’s Top Chef Matthew Stowe has been named the grand marshal of Vancouver’s Canada Day parade.

It’s the latest in a string of accolades for Stowe, a 30-year-old father and Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary grad (Class of 2000), who recently won Top Chef Canada season three.

In May, Stowe, wife Amber and 19-month-old son Gavin accompanied him in the Cloverdale Rodeo Parade.

More than 200,000 spectators are expected to attend the 5th annual Canada Day parade in downtown Vancouver, which will boast 2,000 participants and 60 community groups.

The parade will be broadcast on Shaw TV on Canada Day at 9 p.m. It’s part of the Canada Day celebrations at Canada Place, billed as the largest national celebration outside Ottawa.

When he’s not leading parades or winning reality TV show contests, Stowe develops menu items for Cactus Club Cafe restaurants.

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