He used to protect quarterbacks, but now Jon Hameister-Ries tries to wow the judges as a chef on the cooking game show, MasterChef Canada.
The 6-6 guard goes from protecting quarterbacks like Travis Lulay in the trenches to getting his hands dirty with ingredients in the kitchen.
Jon Hameister-Ries, a former CFLer who spent seven seasons as an offensive lineman for the BC Lions is now a finalist on the cooking show on CTV, MasterChef Canada.
The show gets amateur cooks to compete against each other, with the winner at the end of the season receiving $100,000.
In the first episode, the cooks had to make their signature dish and hope that the judges like it enough to give them the coveted white apron. The field of 50 finalists dwindled down to 16 by the end of the first episode, with all the pressure on their signature dish.
2011 Grey Cup Champion, Hameister-Ries did not disappoint when it was his turn to cook his dish.
His signature dish featured a medium rare steak with pierogis and cabbage, and he nailed it resulting in him receiving the Apron .
— MasterChef Canada (@MasterChefCDA) February 2, 2015
You can follow Jon’s journey on Sundays at 7pm ET on CTV.