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TORONTO, November 26, 2014 – The mystery baskets are restocked, the knives are sharpened and the chopping block is ready for the savoury second season premiere of Chopped Canada on January 10 at 9pm ET/PT. After a record-breaking series premiere with the highest audience in the network’s history*, season two returns to Food Network Canada with 13 mouth-watering episodes. Culinary experts Eden Grinshpan (Eden Eats), Toronto’s Massimo  Capra (Restaurant Takeover), and Montreal’s Antonio Park (PARK Restaurant) join the rotating panel of all-star judges. Celebrity chefs Susur Lee, Lynn Crawford, Michael Smith, Roger Mooking, John Higgins and Anne Yarymowich return to the judging panel while Dean McDermott reprises his role as host.

Chopped Canada’s sophomore season features a hearty new batch of Canadian competitors representing British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. The competitors have to be quick on their feet—and even quicker with their hands—if they want to plate a dish using the mystery ingredients to impress the all-star judging panel. Each episode begins with four ambitious chefs. Course-by-course, one competitor is chopped from the competition until only one remains and walks away with $10,000 and the title of Chopped Canada champion. For a full list of chefs competing in the first 13 episodes, including biographical information, please visit choppedcanada.ca. The second half of the season returns in fall 2015 with more of Canada’s culinary talent taking on the Chopped Canada kitchen.

“After a massively successful first season, we can’t wait to bring Canadians a heart-racing, adrenaline-pumping second helping of Chopped Canada,” said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “Boasting the most impressive lineup of all-star culinary experts Food Network Canada has ever seen, season two delivers nail-biting reviews, agonizing eliminations, and glorious victories that will have viewers at the edge of their seats.”

New this season are special themed episodes peppered throughout the schedule, including the viewers’ choice episode airing February 7 at 9pm ET/PT. Fans were invited to weigh in with their ideas through the Chopped Canada Twitter and Facebook pages. Viewers showed no mercy suggesting ingredient combinations that are more difficult than ever. From the Canadian staple ketchup chips to the outright daring prairie oysters, the four competing chefs will have to be on their A-game to survive.

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TORONTO, August 25, 2014Food Network Canada takes viewers on an edible excursion across North America this fall with the addition of two Canadian original series Food Truck Face Off and Carnival Eats. Hosted by Canadian reality star and ESPN sportscaster Jesse Palmer, the high-octane series Food Truck Face Off debuts October 12 at 8pm ET/PT. The adventure-packed Carnival Eats, hosted by funnyman Noah Cappe, premieres September 5 at 9pm ET/6pm PT. And returning for a second season on September 8 at 9pm ET/6pm PT is the gluttonous favourite Donut Showdown with new host Daryn Jones.

Driving onto the fall schedule is the series premiere of Food Truck Face Off hosted by Canadian heartthrob Jesse Palmer (The Bachelor). Premiering October 12 at 8pm ET/PT, each episode sees four teams duke it out for the ultimate prize: their very own customized food truck for one full year. With only two teams making it past the first round, in the end only the team that makes the most money from two days of frenzied selling will win it all. The curbside battle heads to Miami, LA, Austin and the Greater Toronto Area, bringing Canadian judge Zane Caplansky, radio personality Steak Shapiro, master sommelier Alpana Singh, restaurateur Andrew Gruel, and food truck expert Robyn Almodovar along for the ride.

From truck rides to carnival rides, the brand new Canadian original series Carnival Eats makes its mouth-watering debut on September 5 at 9pm ET/6pm PT. Hosted by Toronto-born, self-dubbed “professional eater” Noah Cappe (Defiance), each episode takes viewers across North America’s palatable playground to discover the continent’s most outrageous “stunt foods,” the wacky characters that create them, and the culinary thrill seekers who devour them.

Also devouring a spot on Food Network Canada’s fall schedule is Donut Showdown, returning for a second season on Monday, September 8 with back-to-back episodes beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT. Hosted by Daryn Jones (Over The Rainbow), each episode of Donut Showdown brings three donut savants head-to-head-to-head to test their creativity and donut-making skills. Canadian judges David Rocco, Zane Caplansky and Maggie McKeown return to the judges’ panel while host of Eden Eats and Toronto-born Eden Grinshpan, Top Chef Masters alumni Elizabeth Falkner, Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman, and Forbes 2012 Food & Wine 30-under-30 recipient Jeff Mahin round out this season’s roster of judges.

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TORONTO, May 8, 2014 – Let the feasting frenzy continue! Shaw Media today announced the renewal of Food Network Canada’s #1 series of 2014*, Chopped Canada, for a second season. Hosted by Dean McDermott, this high-stakes culinary competition series features four chefs competing before a rotating panel of expert judges, including renowned chefs Susur Lee, Lynn Crawford, Michael Smith, Roger Mooking, John Higgins, and Anne Yarymowich who return for a sophomore season. Joining the panel of celebrity judges are Toronto’s Massimo Capra (Restaurant Takeover), Montreal’s Antonio Park (PARK Restaurant) and Eden Grinshpan (Eden Eats).

 The first Canadian edition of the popular culinary series Chopped premiered earlier this year to record-breaking audience numbers for a single play with 477,500 (2+)**, making it the highest-rated Canadian original premiere in Food Network Canada’s history. Shaw Media once again partners with renowned Canadian production company, Paperny Entertainment, for the second season, which premieres in 2015 exclusively on Food Network Canada.

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