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Lynn Crawford is doing the unthinkable. After a 24 year career as a five-star, high profile chef, she is leaving her post as Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Hotel Manhattan for the ultimate gastronomic adventure.  Premiering January 4 on Food Network Canada, Pitchin’ In follows Lynn as she embarks on a journey across North America to reconnect with food, uncover the best and freshest product available and learn from the people who produce it.

In each episode of Pitchin In Lynn Crawford makes a deal with her local hosts – they let her work with them for a few days, taking in their trade and working hard to learn the ropes and in return she throws them a spectacular dinner featuring their product. Lynn takes on any challenge that comes her way, relying on local hunters, fishermen or farmers to show her how it’s done. From fighting off bugs in the muddy Louisiana crawfish ponds to cleaning up after pigs in Georgia and wrestling lobsters in Nova Scotia, there isn’t anything she won’t try in the name of fresh food.

“Pitchin’ In takes viewers on an exciting culinary road trip, exploring farmland and fisheries across North America and the high-quality foods that they produce,” said Emily Morgan, VP Content, Food Network, HGTV and DIY Network Canada. “Lynn Crawford’s passion for food gets her through each new situation and her sense of humour and adventure make this series a sheer joy to watch.”

“There is nothing more important to me than great food and this opportunity allows me to work with dedicated food producers who are devoted to cultivating incredibly fresh product,” said Chef, Lynn Crawford. “Each challenge is inspiring, humbling and often hilarious, and I can’t wait to share it all with Canadian viewers.”

Full episodes of Pitchin’ In, recipes from the series and special behind-the-scenes out-takes will be available for users to enjoy at www.foodnetwork.ca.

When Lynn isn’t travelling to new fisheries and farms on Pitchin’ In she’s working on opening her first restaurant in Toronto, Ontario, currently set to open in March 2010.

The first two world broadcast premiere episodes include:

Pitchin’ In: Lobster (World Broadcast Premiere)

January 4 at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT

Chef Lynn is invited to go lobster fishing on The Bay of Fundy, where some of the finest lobster in the world is caught. It’s backbreaking work and Lynn is completely out of her element. At the Four Seasons in New York, she had a $1000 lobster omelet on the menu, but before she prepares dinner for her hosts she finds out that the locals prefer their lobster cooked in the microwave.

Pitchin’ In: Pigs (World Broadcast Premiere)

January 11 at 10 pm ET/ 7pm PT

Chef Lynn picks one of America’s top heritage hog farmers to explore what it takes to raise the perfect pig. It’s nasty and dirty work that has Lynn shovelling poop and chasing sows. On a side trip she discovers the secrets of southern barbeque and realizes what she’s up against if she expects to impress the locals when she cooks for them.

Food Network Canada’s companion website foodnetwork.ca is celebrating its re-birth. The newly redesigned site features a fresh look, a new interactive community for members, improved recipe search functions, a heftier video library available for streaming and more extensive advertising opportunities. Foodnetwork.ca is the first food-related website in Canada to incorporate how-to videos from on-air personalities to accompany select recipes, and is also the first Canwest broadcast site to introduce a full membership system.  The new platform is not only more user-friendly but more interactive and personal, presenting users the ability to create a profile and engage with a community of fellow foodies.

Brand new to the site and never before seen on any other Canadian lifestyle website is streaming of celebrity chef how-to video clips paired with select recipes. When selecting a desired recipe on the site, users can learn to make it just like a Food Network chef with the help of how-to video clips.

The new membership system allows members to save recipes to their profile and share their favourites within the community. Members can rate recipes on the site, swap recipes and tips, upload their own photos of recipes and post comments on everything from recipes to Food Network series and celebrity chefs. The membership community is also able to follow foodnetwork.ca through social media sites including: Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, FriendFeed and Flickr.

“Our aspiration for the redesigned foodnetwork.ca site is to provide users a platform not only to find the most inspiring and entertaining lifestyle content available online but to build a community to share feedback and experiences with others,” said Paul Burns, VP Digital Media, Canwest Broadcasting. “The new foodnetwork.ca has taken a massive step forward in design, innovation, exclusive content, and community features. Our goal was to set the standard for what a premium lifestyle content experience should be – I think we’ve done that and more”.

The latest opportunities for advertisers on foodnetwork.ca include: ad media placement in more high impact locations, advertorials, custom sponsorship packages including video, recipe, TV show and seasonal guide sponsorships and an extensive video library of content with pre-roll video available.

The newly redesigned site is being promoted through on-air promotional spots and bumpers running on Food Network Canada, online advertising across Canwest sites and AOL Advertising.com ad network, on Food Network Canada’s Facebook and Twitter pages, in the foodnetwork.ca newsletter and through ad media within Food Network Canada’s BlackBerry® Smartphone app. 

Log on to www.foodnetwork.ca to find out what’s cooking.

BRAND NEW FOOD NETWORK HOLIDAY SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:
With 16 brand new and a variety of returning holiday specials premiering throughout the holiday season there is surely something to get everyone in the spirit.

Dear Food Network Holiday Parties (Canadian Premiere)
Sat., Nov. 28 at 8pm ET/9pm PT
It’s party time! Tyler Florence hosts a festive hour exploring all kinds of easy holiday parties from simple cocktail and dinner parties, to potlucks and cookie swaps. Guest starring Bobby Flay, Sunny Anderson and Sandra Lee.

Jamie Cooks Christmas (North American Premiere)
Sat., Dec. 5 at 12pm ET
More than ever Jamie wants people to get the most out of their festive food. In this special he’s taken a classic Christmas menu and added his own distinctive twist to create some mouth-watering dishes that won’t  be forgotten. Joined by friend and former mentor Gennaro Contaldo, Jamie demonstrates how to transform lowly left-overs into some truly irresistible creations that cut through that Boxing Day hangover and feed friends and family throughout the festive period.

Dear Food Network Holiday Desserts (Canadian Premiere)
Sat., Dec. 5 at 8pm ET/9pm PT
No holiday is complete without sweets! Host Paula Deen and guest Chefs Tyler Florence, Sunny Anderson, and Michael Symon indulge in their favourite holiday desserts.

All Star Holiday Extravaganza (Canadian Premiere)
Sun., Dec. 6 at 11am ET
The Food Network All Stars are getting together to share savory recipes and swap good cheer. Bobby Flay, Giada DeLaurentiis, the Neelys, Sunny Anderson, Guy Fieri and Alton Brown kick back at a New York City loft to cook, chat and share their All Star tips on casual entertaining for the holiday season.

Iron Chef America: Holiday Battle Morimoto Vs. Flay (Canadian Premiere)
Sun., Dec. 6 at 2pm ET and 9pm ET
The Chairman has a special holiday surprise for everyone. He’s decided to pit Iron Chef Bobby Flay versus Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto against each other and to add flair and fun to this exciting holiday battle, the Chairman has also invited some special guests – ice carvers to create amazing additions to the chefs’ presentation!

Food Network Challenge Giant Gingerbread (Canadian Premiere)
Sun., Dec. 6 at 7pm ET
In the Giant Gingerbread Challenge two teams of three pastry chefs face off to build six feet tall gingerbread houses. Not only do they have to make the houses stand tall in just eight hours, the teams have to decorate the houses in the holiday spirit. The winning team will take home ten thousand dollars and a gold medal.

Good Eats Holiday: Twas The Night Before Good Eats (Canadian Premiere)
Tues., Dec. 8 at 1pm ET and 10pm ET/11pm PT
A dark holiday night finds Alton Brown visited by a series of culinary spirits which drive him to prepare long lost yuletide classics.

Unwrapped Holiday Favourites (Canadian Premiere)
Wed., Dec 9 at 2pm ET and 11pm ET
In this seasonal special Host Marc Summers decks the halls with everything from Korbel champagne to Sara Lee pumpkin pie and from peanut brittle to amazing gingerbread houses.

Chopped Holiday: Season’s Chopping (Canadian Premiere)
Wed., Dec. 8 at 10pm ET/PT
In this special the chefs learn that as an added challenge, each of their dishes must have a holiday theme. How will their festive dishes take shape?

Dinner Impossible: Robert and Guy’s Holiday Havoc (Canadian Premiere)
Thurs., Dec. 10 at 2pm ET and 11pm ET
On a special holiday edition of Dinner Impossible, Robert is surprised when Guy Fieri pops up to deliver an extreme Holiday mission.  Robert and Guy join forces with Share our Strength to give members of the Santa Rosa Boys and Girls Clubs a day they’ll never forget.  For starters, Robert and Guy must create a meal for 300 guests of the Boys and Girls Club in just 10 hours. 

Throwdown Holiday: Feast of Seven Fishes (Canadian Premiere)
Fri., Dec. 11 at 1pm ET and 9pm ET/10pm PT
Feast of Seven Fishes is an Italian holiday tradition where families gather and share a delicious multi-course meal of fish. Although, this year ’tis the season for the tables to be turned, when the Pellegrino family of Rao’s Restaurant, in New York City, challenge Chef Bobby Flay to a holiday Throwdown! 

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives: Christmas in the North Pole (Canadian Premiere)
Fri., Dec. 11 at 2pm ET and 10pm ET/11pm PT
Guy Fieri is taking the Camaro to the great, white north for a holiday party like none other in the town of North Pole, Alaska. Guy will hit some local joints and sample smoked caribou at Big Daddy’s BBQ, Mongolian Beef at Chinese restaurant staple Pagoda and homemade ice cream at Hot Licks.

Dear Food Network: Holiday Roast Beast (Canadian Premiere)
Sat., Dec. 12 at 8pm ET/9pm PT
Bobby Flay hosts an all-roast hour featuring juicy and tender masterpieces that will wow your holiday guests. Guest starring Guy Fieri, Michael Symon, Danny Boome, and Sunny Anderson.

Gordon Ramsay: Cook-Along Live (Network Premiere)
Wed., Dec. 16 at 10pm ET
Gordon Ramsay asks the nation to cook along with him, live, as he proves that anyone can prepare mouth-watering meals as he creates a three course dinner in under an hour. No matter how rarely you venture into the kitchen. It’s easy to get involved. You just need to buy the ingredients, make sure you’ve got the right utensils, and then follow Gordon’s instructions. It’s as simple as that. Join Ramsay for the Cook-along Special. For once, it won’t be a kitchen nightmare.

Guy’s Disney Holiday (Canadian Premiere)
Thurs., Dec. 17 at 2pm ET and 11pm ET
In this one hour special, Guy Fieri explores the amazing holiday destination that is Disneyland. Guy, along with various members of his family, will highlight a variety of food including baked goods, candy canes and Christmas Eve dinner.

Dear Food Network Holiday Family Traditions (Canadian Premiere)
Sat., Dec. 19 at 8pm ET/9pm PT
Food Network stars share their favorite holiday memories, family traditions and recipes. Hosted by Giada DeLaurentiis, and guest starring Michael Symon, Tyler Florence, and Danny Boome.

RETURNING HOLIDAY SPECIALS:

Iron Chef America: All Star Holiday Battle (Encore Presentation)
*(Cat Cora and Paul Deen vs. Tyler Florence and Robert Irvine)
Sun., Nov. 29 at 2pm ET and 9pm ET/10pm ET

Ace of Cakes Holiday (Encore Presentation)
Thurs., Dec. 10 at 1pm ET and 10pm ET/11pm PT

Down Home With The Neelys Holiday (Encore Presentation)
Sat., Dec. 12 at 9am ET

Paula’s Cookie Swap (Encore Presentation)
Sat., Dec. 12 at 10am ET

Food Jammers Holiday Hol-Log Special (Encore Presentation)
Sat., Dec. 12 at 11am ET

The Ricardo Christmas Special (Encore Presentation)
Sun., Dec. 12 at 9am ET

Jamie At Home Christmas Special (Encore Presentation)
Sun., Dec. 12 at 10am ET

In Search of Perfection Christmas Special (Encore Presentation)
Thurs., Dec. 17 at 9pm ET/ 10pm ET

Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen (Encore Presentation)
Sat., Dec. 19 at 9am ET

Twas the Night Before Dinner (Encore Presentation)
*(featuring Anthony Sedlak, Laura Calder, Anna Olson, Bob Blumer and Ricardo Larivee)
Sat., Dec. 19 at 10am ET

FOOD NETWORK HOLIDAY MARATHONS:

Settle in during the holidays and tune in to Food Network for marathons of some of your favourite series.

Sat., and Sun., from Dec., 5 to Dec., 20 Mornings Over Easy Holiday Cooking Marathons, Weeks 1, 2 and 3  9am ET to 1pm ET

Wed., Dec. 23 Jamie’s Great Italian Escape Marathon   4pm ET to 7pm ET and 8pm ET to 11pm ET

Thurs., Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Diners Drive-Ins and Dives  Marathon 12pm ET to 6am ET

Fri., Dec. 25 Christmas Day Ace of Cakes, Food Network Challenge and At The Table With  Marathons     6am ET to 6am ET

Sat., Dec. 26 Boxing Day Top Chef II  Marathon 10am ET to 6am ET

Sun., Dec. 27 Big Chef Takes On Little Chef  Marathon 11am ET to 3pm ET

Sun., Dec. 27 In Search of Perfection  Marathon 3pm ET to 8pm ET

Sun., Dec. 27 Heston’s Feast  Marathon 8pm ET to 12am ET

Mon., Dec. 28 Chef Abroad  Marathon 6am ET to 12pm ET (repeats 6pm ET to 12am ET)

Mon., Dec. 28 Glutton For Punishment  Marathon 12pm ET to 6pm ET

Tues., Dec. 29 Unwrapped  Marathon 10am ET to 6am ET

Wed., Dec. 30 Chopped  Marathon 10am ET to 6am ET

Thurs., Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Dinner Impossible  Marathon 10am ET to 6am ET

Fri., Jan. 1 New Year’s Day The Next Food Network Star  Marathon 10am ET to 6am ET

Sat., Jan. 2 Hell’s Kitchen IV  Marathon 9am ET to 6am ET

Sun., Jan. 3 Iron Chef America  Marathon 3pm ET to 7pm ET

This holiday season Foodnetwork.ca is the ultimate destination for entertaining ideas. From planning the perfect menu to original videos on everything from holiday cocktails to table decor and daily holiday tips and tricks, visitors have a wealth of seasonal information available all on one site.

New to the site this season are a sizzling array of 15 original how-to and behind the scenes videos including:

Five signature holiday drinks
Four signature holiday appetizers
Holiday food and table decorating ideas including a wine bottle centerpiece and chocolate truffle wreath
A tour and behind the scenes video of Soma Chocolate Maker

Foodnetwork.ca’s holiday recipe center is packed with more seasonal recipes than ever before. With over 250 expertly designed holiday recipes available from some of the network’s most loved chefs including Anna Olson, Michael Smith, Laura Calder, Bob Blumer Anthony Sedlak and more, visitors will be inspired to cook, bake, and entertain their way through the season. 

Daily holiday quick tips are available through foodnetwork.ca’s Holiday Ticker which, over the course of the season, will produce more than 50 holiday inspired ideas that answer some of the most frequently posed holiday related questions including:

How to Reuse Leftover Cranberry Sauce
Last-Minute Party Essentials
Making Stuffing 101
How to Make a Classic Base for Soups, Stews and Sauces
How to Freeze Leftovers
Kitchen Safety

Foodnetwork.ca’s ON TV section includes a complete schedule of all holiday specials and marathons to tune in to throughout the month of December. And if there’s a special you’ve missed on-air, catch up online and watch holiday favourites including Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen, The Ricardo Christmas Special and Twas The Night Before Dinner featuring Anna Olson, Bob Blumer, Anthony Sedlak, Ricardo Larivee and Laura Calder.

To satisfy every holiday craving this year visit foodnetwork.ca/holiday.

Brand New Series

Five Ingredient Fix (13x30min) (Canadian Premiere)

Mondays at 5:30pm ET beginning August 31

Host Claire Robinson proves delicious dishes only need five ingredients or fewer to make cooking easier, faster and down right irresistible. Claire shows viewers how to enhance the natural flavours of carefully-selected, fresh ingredients to illustrate her belief that each ingredient should truly stand out in a recipe.

Ask Aida (13x30min) (Canadian Premiere)

Tuesdays at 3:30pm ET beginning September 1

Cooking expert Aida Mollenkamp prepares delicious dishes while solving Food Network US viewers’ culinary conundrums on her interactive cooking show, Ask Aida. From recipe and ingredient issues to advice on kitchen machinery and tools, Aida will even offer guidance for impromptu parties, feeding a crowd, make-ahead dishes and time-saving tips. Whether it’s pies or pasta, grilling or frying, each episode will highlight a specific topic inspired by viewer-submitted video and e-mail questions that Aida will answer as she whips up tasty recipes.

Chopped (13x60min) (Canadian Premiere)

Wednesdays at 10pm ET/PT beginning September 2

Passion and expertise rule the kitchen on the fast-paced new series, Chopped. Hosted by Ted Allen (Food Detectives), the series challenges four up-and-coming chefs to turn a selection of everyday ingredients into an extraordinary three-course meal. After each course, a contestant gets “chopped” until the last man or woman left standing claims victory. Each week, a rotating panel of culinary elite judges including Alex Guarnaschelli, Aaron Sanchez, and Geoffrey Zakarian will decide whose dishes shine the brightest and award the winner $10,000.

Secrets of A Restaurant Chef (13x30min) (Canadian Premiere)

Fridays at 5:30pm ET beginning September 4

Like your own private window into the kitchen of your favourite restaurant, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef reveals the concise, easy-to-master techniques of a top-level chef. By showcasing professional secrets to preparing food that is creative and full of flavour, yet never frou-frou or scary, Anne Burrell translates your favourite restaurant foods into amazing at-home meals. With years of restaurant experience mixed with a pumped-up passion, Anne helps to take the mystery out of the professional kitchen and gets you making meals that are special enough for guests, but easy enough for a rushed weekday evening.

Top Chef: Las Vegas (15x60min) (Canadian Premiere)

Mondays at 9pm ET/10pm PT beginning September 7

17 new chef’testants take on Sin City to see if they have what it takes to become Top Chef. This season some of the top names in food, movies and entertainment including Wolfgang Puck, Natalie Portman, Penn & Teller, Tyler Florence and Nigella Lawson will be featured. Cookbook author Padma Lakshmi returns to host, as does head judge and Craft restaurant king Tom Colicchio, Food & Wine magazine’s Gail Simmons and food critic Toby Young. The 17 Top Chef: Las Vegas chef’testants will be whittled down week by week as they compete to outshine their competition. The winning chef will receive $100,000 furnished by the makers of the Glad family of products, $100,000 of merchandise provided by Macy’s, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and will earn the title of “Top Chef.”

Returning Series

At The Table With Season Three (World Broadcast Premiere)

Mondays at 10pm ET beginning August 10

French Food At Home Season Three (World Broadcast Premiere)

Weekdays at 11am ET and 6pm ET beginning August 31

David Rocco’s Dolce Vita Season Four
(World Broadcast Premiere)

Mondays at 11:30 am ET and 7:30 pm ET beginning August 31

Chef At Home Season Six (World Broadcast Premiere)

Weekdays at 4 pm ET and 6:30 pm ET beginning August 31

Ricardo and Friends Season Three (World Broadcast Premiere)

Weeknights at 7pm ET beginning August 31

Food Jammers Season Three (World Broadcast Premiere)

Mondays at 8pm ET beginning August 31

Hell’s Kitchen (US) (Network Premiere)

Tuesdays at 9pm ET/10pm PT beginning September 1

Good Eats (Canadian Premiere)

Tuesdays at 10pm ET/11pm PT beginning September 1

Ace of Cakes (Canadian Premiere)

Thursdays at 10pm ET/11pm PT beginning September 3

Eat, Shrink and Be Merry Season Three
(World Broadcast Premiere)

Fridays at 7:30 pm ET beginning September 4

Chef Abroad Season Two
(World Broadcast Premiere)

Fridays at 9:30pm ET beginning September 4

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Canadian Premiere)

Fridays at 10pm ET beginning September 4

Throwdown With Bobby Flay
(Canadian Premiere)

Fridays at 9pm ET/10pm PT beginning September 4

Returning Series Launching in October:

Unwrapped (Canadian Premiere)

Weekdays at 2pm ET beginning October 1

30 Minute Meals (Canadian Premiere)

Weekdays at 4:30pm ET beginning October 1

Guy’s Big Bite (Canadian Premiere)

Weekdays at 5pm ET beginning October 1

Big Daddy’s House
(Canadian Premiere)

Thursdays at 5:30 pm ET and Saturdays at 11:30 am ET beginning October 2

Barefoot Contessa: Back To Basics (Canadian Premiere)

Fridays at 3:30pm ET beginning October 3

Food Network Challenge (Canadian Premiere)

Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm ET beginning October 3

Cooking For Real
(Canadian Premiere)

Sundays at 10am ET beginning October 4

Tyler’s Ultimate (Canadian Premiere)

Sundays at 11:30am ET beginning October 4

Giada At Home (Canadian Premiere)

Tuesdays at 5:30 pm ET beginning October 6

Thursday July 2 at 9pm ET

Encore presentation Sunday, July 5 at 10pm ET

In this revealing documentary Jamie Oliver hosts a gala dinner to dramatically demonstrate the reality of how chickens live and die in order to put food on our plates. Jamie take viewers on a journey of discovery to see how 95% of meat chickens and 63% of egg-laying hens are still intensively farmed in the UK. In his effort to change the way people shop forever he also highlights the welfare implications for the birds as a result of the persistent demand for cheap food.

Sunday June 28 at 7pm ET

Encore presentation Thursday, July 9 at 9pm ET

In this hard-hitting, one-hour special, Jamie investigates the hidden threats of popular convenience foods using 18 volunteers with self-confessed bad diets as human guinea pigs. Using a series of dramatic demonstrations – including the autopsy of a 350 pound man who ate himself to death – Jamie, physician and fitness expert Dr Catherine Spencer-Smith, nutritionist Jane Clarke and anatomist Dr Gunther von Hagens show these 18 volunteers what harm their terrible diets are doing to them. More importantly they also demonstrate what they can do to change their ways and become healthier.

Thursdays at 9pm ET beginning June 4

After campaigning for better food in British schools, Jamie has realized that the country faces a far bigger problem – the growing obesity crisis. Using the post-World War II “Ministry of Food” as his inspiration, Jamie embarks on a food revolution, aiming to get every household in the UK cooking fresh food every day. Jamie begins his endeavour in Rotherham, looking to meet the woman who defeated his School Dinners campaign, Julie Critchlow, the ‘burger Mum’. He convinces her to help him with his campaign. After recruiting a class of eight people who can’t cook Jamie decides to teach them 10 meals that he asks they pass on. His hope is to have hundreds of people cooking in just a few months. Jamie quickly learns that getting his class to pass it on is more difficult than anticipated and he must expand his outreach in order to help change the lives of the people of Rotherham.

Sun., May 10 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Food Network

Bringing their 100 day experiences into perspective, Mission’s 100-milers feel a mix of relief and
gratitude as the challenge comes to a close. How has 100 days of local eating affected the families’
approach to food? What are they eating in the days after the challenge ends? How much weight did the
participants lose? Do they feel healthier and more connected to their food? Do they intend to continue to
source from within the 100-mile zone? After the conclusion of the challenge, James and Alisa and the
100-milers gather one last time for a final look back at 100 unforgettable days.

Sun., May 3 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Food Network

Heading into the home stretch, the challengers are feeling the benefits of local eating, but James and Alisa are intent on pushing them farther. Angela St. Cyr is given a rare opportunity to learn from Vancouver-based Raincity Grill’s executive chef Robert Clark while Sherida Peters is tutored by her sister-in-law to help her cook without a recipe. Meanwhile, 14-year-old Cassie Clark Vernon gets in touch with her roots by assisting a First Nations elder prepare a traditional meal. The Weremchuk Williams go fruit picking, pushing Steve’s agoraphobia boundaries even further. Finally, Angela St. Cyr treats some of the other 100-milers to a three-course dinner while Randy Hawes serves up a 100-mile barbecue meal he auctioned off earlier in the summer.