Set your winter blues on the back burner this season and cozy up to the very best in entertaining, food-related programming beginning January 3rd on Food Network Canada.
The stakes are high in two brand new competitive series, including world renowned chef and restaurateur Scott Conant’s 24 Hour Restaurant Battle and the sweetly anticipated Cupcake Wars.
Tune in to Mexican Made Easy where chef and cookbook author Marcela Valladolid shares simple, authentic, and healthy Mexican recipes. Escape into your favourite food memories as host Sophie Dahl shares her own alongside scrumptious recipes in The Delicious Miss Dahl.
And if indulging in these hit new series has you bursting at the seams, perhaps it’s time to tune in to Cook Yourself Thin, based on the popular British series and cookbook.
Returning for new seasons are two Food Network favourites, Pitchin’ In, and the record-breaking edition of Glutton for Punishment.
Brand New Series:
24 Hour Restaurant Battle (Canadian broadcast premiere) (13×60 mins)
Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT beginning January 4
Hosted by renowned chef Scott Conant (chef and owner of New York’s Scarpetta, now also in Toronto’s Thompson Hotel), each episode of 24 Hour Restaurant Battle features dueling two-person teams of aspiring restaurateurs who have 24 hours to conceive, plan and open their own restaurants for one night. On each team, one person handles front-of-house issues like decor, seating and service while the other manages back-of-house matters like menu planning, shopping and, of course, cooking. When the doors open, each restaurant serves a discerning group of diners, along with Scott and a rotating panel of judges representing three areas of expertise: restaurant marketer, restaurant reviewer and restaurant investor. Based on the restaurant’s concept, execution and viability, the judges choose a winning team to receive $10,000 in seed money toward realizing their dream.
Mexican Made Easy (Canadian broadcast premiere) (13×30 mins)
Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT beginning January 5
Professional chef and cookbook author Marcela Valladolid prepares a fresh take on Mexican food and shares simple and authentic recipes in her series, Mexican Made Easy. Marcela, inspired by her dual Mexican and Southern California upbringing, transforms stereotypes of the cuisine into healthy and easy-to-prepare Mexican meals. Whether serving a home-cooked dinner for her son or entertaining friends and family, Marcela brings to the table fresh flavour that fits all tastes.
Cupcake Wars (Canadian broadcast premiere) (13×60 mins)
Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT beginning January 6
It’s cupcake vs. cupcake in Food Network’s tastiest competition yet! Each week on Cupcake Wars, four of the top cupcake bakers in the United States face off in three elimination challenges until only one decorator remains. The sweet prize is $10,000 and the opportunity to showcase their cupcakes at the winning gig. Whether baking for a special Ace of Cakes anniversary celebration, a star-studded magazine party or an A-list celebrity golf tournament, the competition is fierce. Candace Nelson (owner of Sprinkles Cupcakes) and Florian Bellanger (chef and co-owner of online macaroon company Mad Mac) serve as permanent judges with a third rotating judge each week, and Justin Willman hosts.
Cook Yourself Thin (Canadian broadcast premiere) (20×30 mins)
Fridays at 5:30 p.m./2:30 p.m. PT beginning January 7
Based on the successful British series and popular Cook Yourself Thin cookbook, culinary experts Harry Eastwood, Allison Fishman and Candice Kumai show guests how to lose their unwanted inches by replacing extreme dieting with clever cooking. Each episode of this U.S.-based series follows one guest as she learns simple ways to transform her favourite high-calorie meals into delicious, healthier fare.
The Delicious Miss Dahl (North American broadcast premiere) (6×30 mins)
Sundays at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT beginning January 9
The delectable Sophie Dahl brings her culinary prowess with a six-part cookery series, The Delicious Miss Dahl, marrying her talent for storytelling with fresh, enticing recipes. Each episode is themed around an emotional thread including romance, nostalgia and escapism. With food as the centerpiece, she revisits treasured places, revealing the personal resonance behind each of her recipes.
New Seasons of Returning Favourites:
Glutton for Punishment V (world broadcast premiere) (7×30 mins)
Mondays at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT beginning January 3
Pitchin’ In II (world broadcast premiere) (13×60 mins)
Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT beginning January 3