You Gotta Eat Here premieres January 6 on Food Network

Food Network Canada is embarking on a deliciously entertaining cross-country tour of the country’s best comfort foods.  

In each half hour episode of the brand new Canadian original series You Gotta Eat Here!, food-obsessed funny man John Catucci (@JohnCatucci) takes viewers through the doors of three great joints, greasy spoons, and legendary institutions across Canada to taste the food that made them famous and meet the colourful characters that made them big.  

You Gotta Eat Here! premieres Friday, January 6th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network Canada.  

At each stop along the series’ journey, John rolls up his sleeves and dives into the kitchens of local landmark restaurants to help them cook their signature dishes.  John meets the owners, chefs and patrons who make each restaurant a destination you’d insist on dragging a friend to. He hears their stories, learns their family traditions and experiences their passion for good food. These are busy joints, and appetites wait for no one.

“You Gotta Eat Here! is a hilariously good time and I meet some really interesting folks along the way,” says John Catucci, host, You Gotta Eat Here! “Having discovered so many great restaurants in my travels across Canada as a comedian, and having grown up working in restaurants, the show is the perfect fit because it really parallels my life.”

“John has a real curiosity and down home passion for food, but it’s his witty sense of humour that will keep our viewers coming back for more,” says Barb Williams, SVP Content, Shaw Media. “This show, like no other, shines a spotlight on our country’s most legendary eateries and their most over-the-top, crowd pleasing-comfort foods that we all love.”

“It’s now no secret how many great places there are to find fabulous home style cooking across Canada,” says Michael Geddes, President of Lone Eagle Entertainment Ltd.  “You Gotta Eat Here! will make Canadians proud and passionate about these restaurants that are doing it right!”

 

The first two world broadcast premiere episodes include:

 

You Gotta Eat Here!: Boomers Gourmet Fries, Relish Burgers, John’s Place

Friday, January 6 at 9pm ET/PT

With 12 delicious, mouth-watering poutine combinations at Boomers Gourmet Fries in Stratford, ON, host John Catucci indulges in a classic favourite with a twist.  At Relish Burgers in London, ON, John samples over 40 gourmet burger selections including one heart-stopping option named after the local ER.  Then he’s off to John’s Place in Victoria, BC, to try more than 10 varieties of brunch’s best friend, ‘Eggs Benny.’

 

You Gotta Eat Here!: Pizzeria Napoletana, Floyd’s Diner, Haugen’s Chicken & Ribs

Friday, January 13 at 9pm ET/PT

In Montreal, QC, host John Catucci crushes tomatoes by hand at the family-run Pizzeria Napoletana.  Then it’s high stakes fun for a chef’s preference mystery meal at Floyd’s Diner in Victoria, BC. Lastly, at the legendary Haugen’s Chicken & Ribs in Port Perry, ON, John samples their top secret dipping sauce.

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