Come Dine With Me Canada

come-dine-with-me-canadaA further 80 episodes of Come Dine With Me Canada has been ordered.

Proper Television will produce the new episodes for W Network after striking a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, who own the format.

“Proper Television has already produced 200 memorable dinners for Come Dine with Me Canada, and we are excited to be including more Canadian cities for the next 80,” said Guy O’Sullivan, the president of Proper Television.

Besides Canada, the format has been sold to 36 countries.

Come Dine with Me Canada returns to W Network with 80 more servings of delicious dinner party competition.

Season 3 showcases would-be winners pulling out the heavy artillery with dry ice, liquid nitrogen and plenty of fire (power) being brought in to the kitchen to prepare some of the wackiest menus yet.

Also for the very first time, Come Dine with Me Canada takes the search for the ultimate dinner party host on the road with culinary stops in Edmonton, AB and Charlottetown, PEI. Season 3 of Come Dine with Me Canada (80×30) premieres Monday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on W Network with five back-to-back episodes. Continue reading »

This September, the international hit series, Come Dine with Me Canada returns to W Network for a brand new season of fierce competition among amateur chefs.

Produced by Proper Television in association with W Network and based on a format created by ITV Studios (UK), Season 2 of Come Dine with Me Canada premieres Monday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. with 5 back-to-back episodes, and repeats Sundays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This season, the competition is hotter than ever with even bigger personalities going head-to-head, more elaborate dinner parties and more drama.

From molecular gastronomy and provocative attire, to firework displays and avant-garde performances – candidates are pulling out all the stops, and things don’t always turn out as planned.

Viewers will be treated to some big surprises including a Thanksgiving Monday “redemption” series of episodes that will pit some of Season one’s most notorious losers against each other, and for the first time, Come Dine with Me Canada will have a special holiday block in December featuring an all out battle of the best holiday dinner party.

The first set of competitors in Season 2 include softball team coach Mary, car collector and ladies man Aris, entertainer Kailey, flamboyant realtor John and kitchen designer Louie.

Each night for one week, five strangers take turns cooking up their idea of the perfect evening – that includes the menu, cocktails, wine, entertainment and ambiance. After dinner, each competitor rates the host’s performance and at the end of the week, the host with most votes is crowned the winner and rewarded with the ‘ultimate dinner party host’ title and a cash prize. With biting narration by radio personality Jamie Carr, viewers can find out whose recipe for the ultimate dinner party goes down best.

For more information about the series, please visit www.wnetwork.com/ComeDineWithMeCanada. 

Come Dine With Me Canada

Come Dine with Me Canada premieres Monday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT with 5 back-to-back episodes, and airs Mondays to Fridays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 

Already a worldwide phenomenon with versions airing in 20 countries, the anticipated Canadian version of the hit UK television series Come Dine With Me Canada premieres this November on W Network. In this ultimate and original dinner party series, five strangers cook up their idea of a perfect evening over five consecutive nights. The heat is on each competitor to out-cook, out-host and out-entertain each other for the chance to win the title of ultimate dinner party host and a $1,000 cash prize. With biting narration by radio personality Jamie Carr, viewers can find out whose recipe for the ultimate dinner party goes down best. Come Dine With Me Canada is produced by Proper Television in association with W Network and based on the format created by ITV Studios (UK).


Can’t wait till the premiere? Catch the first episode in it’s entirety streaming online at WNetwork.com/ComeDineWithMeCanada

Throwing a holiday dinner party? Lose the etiquette anxiety. A new nationwide Come Dine with Me Canada/Ipsos Reid survey finds that Canadians are not as uptight – or as well-behaved – as you might think when it comes to entertaining – and being entertained.

W Network commissioned the survey to dish up Canadians’ spicy dinner party behaviour and mark the premiere of the Canadian version of Come Dine with Me, the original dinner party series whose format is produced in 30 countries worldwide.

Come Dine with Me Canada – which follows five amateur Canadian foodies as they compete for the title of ultimate dinner party host – premieres Monday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on W Network.

Just what are well-mannered Canadians really up to at dinner parties? According to the survey, one in ten (13%) have ‘hooked up’ with a fellow guest they met at the party, two in ten (18%) have played ‘footsie’ under the table, and a quarter (24%) of those polled said they have ‘formed a lifelong friendship.’ Other dinner party activities include meeting a significant other/life partner (6%), landing a job interview (6%) and playing ‘footsie’ with the wrong person (4%).

Speaking of confessions, one in five (22%) Canadians admitted to secretly snooping through a host’s bathroom cabinets. Residents of Saskatchewan and Manitoba were most likely to snoop (30%), compared to those living in British Columbia (28%), Quebec (25%), Alberta (23%), as well as Ontario (17%) and Atlantic Canada (17%). In addition, four in ten (43%) admitted they prefer a good meal to sex. Further to that, the majority of women (51%) prefer a good meal to sex compared to (34%) of men.

The poll also reveals that, surprisingly, the majority of Canadians are comfortable with traditionally taboo topics at dinner parties. Sixty three per cent are comfortable discussing money, as well as politics (65%) at the table. Six in ten (60%) feel that it is acceptable to talk about sex and just over half (51%) will freely discuss religion. Broken down by gender, men are more open to ‘taboo’ topics at the table than women. Majority of men (70%) felt that sex was acceptable dinner fodder, while just under half of women (49%) agreed. Men also felt that the subject of money was acceptable (71%), compared to women (55%).

Having performance anxiety over what you should be talking about it at a dinner party? If so, just catch up on the news. The majority of Canadians surveyed prefer to discuss current events (58%) at dinner parties, followed by family gossip (23%), sports (10%), gossip about friends who aren’t at the dinner (8%) and celebrities (1%). In addition, across all age groups, current events was the hot topic. More than half (51%) of 18-34 year olds, 56% of 35-54 year-olds and 67% of 55 year olds and older prefer contemporary issues chit chat.

The way in which Canadians are inviting their friends to dinner parties has no doubt changed over the years, but not as much as one might think. While the majority of Canadians invite guests to their dinner party via telephone (67%), two in ten (18%) prefer email invitations. Only one in ten (7%) invite their friends over Facebook with men being twice as likely to use Facebook to invite their guests (10%) than women (5%). Only 2% still send out a written invitation in the mail.

Wondering what to bring as a host/hostess gift this season? Grab a bottle of vino on the way over. The majority of Canadians say if they were the host or hostess, they would like to receive a bottle of wine (52%) compared to dessert (23%), flowers (15%), a small kitchen item (6%) or a holiday décor item such as an ornament (5%).

The survey also reveals that dinner party hosts turn into spontaneous chefs when it comes to planning the menu. Almost a majority (45%) of Canadians say they make up the menu as they go along while two in ten (20%) rely on a family recipe. One in ten (13%) cook from a cook book and a similar proportion (12%) plan their menu from online recipe sites. Word of mouth (7%) and magazines (2%) contribute to menu planning as well.

 

Dinner Parties by Region

 

Percentage of Canadians who snoop through the hosts bathroom cupboards and cabinets (by province):

Saskatchewan/Manitoba: 30%

British Columbia: 28%

Quebec: 25%

Alberta: 23%

Atlantic: 17%

Ontario: 17%

 

Percentage of Canadians who prefer a good meal to sex (by province):

British Columbia: 50%

Ontario: 44%

Alberta: 43%

Quebec: 40%

Atlantic: 39%

Saskatchewan/Manitoba: 37%

 

Percentage of Canadians who have ‘hooked-up’ with a fellow guest they met at a dinner party (by province):

Quebec: 15%

Ontario: 14%

Alberta: 12%

Atlantic: 12%

Saskatchewan/Manitoba: 12%

British Columbia: 11%

 

Percentage of Canadians that discuss current events at dinner parties (by province):

British Columbia: 68%

Ontario: 62%

Saskatchewan/Manitoba: 60%

Alberta: 54%

Quebec: 52%

Atlantic: 49%

 

About the Survey

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted between September 10 and 15, 2010, on behalf of Corus Entertainment Inc. For this survey, a sample of 1,009 adults from Ipsos’ Canadian online panel was interviewed online. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics and ensure that the sample’s composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100% response rate would have an estimated margin of error of +/-3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what the results would have been had the entire population of adults in Canada been polled. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error.

Watch a sneak peak of Come Dine with Me Canada episode one at www.wnetwork.com/ComeDineWithMeCanada

This November, Corus Entertainment’s W Network presents the premiere of Come Dine with Me Canada, the international hit series which follows five amateur chefs competing for the cash prize and title of the ultimate dinner party host.

Produced by Proper Television in association with W Network and based on a format created by ITV Studios (UK), Come Dine with Me Canada premieres Monday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. with 5 back-to-back episodes, and airs Mondays to Fridays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“The UK version of Come Dine with Me has found such an enthusiastic and loyal following with the W Network audience. We are thrilled to finally be able to serve up a Canadian version, where our viewers will be surprised to see the lengths their fellow Canadian’s are willing to go to in an attempt to put their best entertaining foot forward in this fun and cheeky series,” said Vibika Bianchi, Vice President, Original Programming, Lifestyle, Reality, Factual Entertainment, Corus Entertainment.

Each week on Come Dine with Me Canada a new group of five diverse strangers compete to out-cook and out-entertain one another. Over five consecutive nights they each host a dinner party in their own home and score one another in secret. The host with the highest score wins bragging rights and a $1000 cash prize. With biting narration by radio personality Jamie Carr, viewers can find out whose recipe for the ultimate dinner party goes down best.

The first set of competitors include Lawyer Holly, photographer David, foodie James, tartan wearing Jennifer and PR princess Marsha. Each host has their own unique style and tastes – one host cooks the entire meal with just a toaster oven and a hot plate, while another opts to serve dessert on cat grass. Competitors also rummage through each other’s closets, trying on clothes and digging up old and embarrassing photos. With menus that range from fresh sea bass, to haggis, to an NYC-themed Soho cheesecake, audiences won’t want to miss the first set of amateur chefs compete for the title of the ultimate dinner party host.

Viewers can catch a sneak preview of the first episode online at www.wnetwork.com/ComeDineWithMeCanada.

(From a press release)