Family Cook Off

Anthony-SedlakCanadian TV chef Anthony Sedlak’s death has been ruled as a suicidal overdose of cocaine and oxycodone.

29-year-old Sedlak – who was a regular on the likes of The Main and Family Cook Off – was found in his Vancouver apartment last July.

While his death was initially attributed by his family to an undiagnosed medical condition, it has since been classified as an overdose after he intentionally ingested “excessive amounts of cocaine and oxycodone,” according to a B.C. coroner’s report.

The knives are out, the skillets are sizzling, and the kitchen is heating up as intergenerational families from across Canada vie to join the ranks amongst Canada’s best home cooks.

Which family has the cooking savvy, creativity and teamwork to win Canada’s ultimate food fight? The fun, twelve-episode, half-hour series Family Cook Off premieres at 9pm ET/PT on Thursday, March 1 on Food Network Canada, with two episodes airing back-to-back each week.

Each team is represented by four of the family’s most enthusiastic and skilled cooks, any combination of siblings, parents, cousins, grandparents, young kids or in-laws. All participants – from the oldest competitor at age 67 to exuberant nine-year-old twins – are eager to whip up their favourite dishes, and come together as a family in hopes of winning the coveted Golden Frying Pan and $1,000 worth of groceries.

Hosted by Entertainment Tonight Canada’s Kim D’Eon, each episode of Family Cook Off features two Canadian families going head-to-head in an over-the-top, outdoor home cooking extravaganza. Their challenge is to prepare their favourite family fare in two rounds: Main Entreés and Desserts. The teams are given a mandatory ingredient they must incorporate into their recipes to create tasty dishes and impress the judges. With only 20 minutes per round to prep, cook and plate a complete dish and accompaniments, they must be organized and work fast to avoid chaos.

Food Network Canada celebrity chefs and cookbook authors Anthony Sedlak (The Main) and Trish Magwood (Party Dish) bring years of culinary experience to their roles as Family Cook Off judges. They evaluate each family’s creations, awarding points for taste, presentation and style.  A total of 24 families demonstrate their talents in Family Cook Off, from the lively Boyes family who already has their own annual family cook-off, to the enormous Silver family whose family meals often comprise of up to 200 people.

Produced by Force Four Entertainment Inc. in association with Food Network Canada, Family Cook Off was shot in front of a live audience, outside in the picturesque False Creek neighbourhood of Vancouver. The series is Canada’s version of the popular Australian series Coles Great Aussie Cook Off. The Cook Off format is attracting audiences around the world, with the Singapore and UK versions proving to be instant viewer favourites.

The first season of Family Cook Off will premiere Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT exclusively on Food Network Canada, with two back-to-back episodes airing each week.

Shaw Media today announced an agreement with Australia’s BrandNewMedia to produce the first Canadian edition of the internationally popular series, Family Cook Off, in partnership with Vancouver-based production company, Force Four Entertainment Inc.  

In each episode, food meets Family Feud as two families of four compete head-to-head in a fast-paced, three-course cook-off to find out whose family fare is superior.

The 12-part half-hour competitive cooking series is currently looking for families across Canada who think they have what it takes to out cook the competition, with more information available at www.foodnetwork.ca/about/castingcall. 

Scheduled to be shot outdoors in scenic Vancouver in front of a live audience, Family Cook Off is a game show-inspired home cooking competition like no other. The families compete under time constraints to prepare an appetizer, main course, and dessert, and then wait for the discerning expert judges to crown the champion. 

The competition is open to all Canadian families.  Each team should consist of four family members comprising of any combination of parents, siblings, kids, cousins, aunts, uncles, or grandparents who enjoy cooking together at home and would like to share their family’s enthusiasm in a fun environment.

Families are asked to submit their entry with a family photo, recipe suggestions, and a short paragraph on why they think their team is the next great Canadian family of cooks.  Video footage of families cooking together will also be accepted.

Families must be available and able to travel to Vancouver between August 27th and September 4th, 2011.  Travel and accommodation will be provided to successful applicants.

For more application details and to submit entries, please visit www.foodnetwork.ca/about/castingcall or submit your entry via cookoff@forcefour.com.