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Michael Bonacini is a British-Canadian chef of Italian descent who owns eleven restaurants (including Jump, Canoe, Luma, and Bannock) in Toronto, Ontario and a co-founder of Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants. Bonacini trained in London and emigrated to Canada in 1985. He founded his first restaurant, Jump, with business partner Peter Oliver in 1993.

Bonacini is a judge on the cooking competition MasterChef Canada and the host of Bonacini's Italy, a cooking program featuring cuisines cooked by Bonacini from different regions of Italy He was also featured on Cook Like A Chef and is the Resident Chef for The Marilyn Denis Show.


Michael is seen as a positive, friendly and nice judge through the competition. He is normally seen encouraging or helping contestants out if they do unsuccessful things and giving them advice on how to improve their mistakes while they are cooking or while he is tasting their food. However, he will get annoyed at cooks who are disrespectful or do not follow the rules.