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Shaw Media announced today its standout 2012/13 programming lineup across its specialty channels, featuring internationally celebrated formats, top-notch stars and brand-new channels that will deliver strong original content.

“This is a hugely exciting year for Shaw Media,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice-President, Content, Shaw Media. “The return of record-breaking Canadian adaptations of smash hit formats in conjunction with the debut of so many original new series reinforces our dedication to delivering the best in entertaining content to Canadians every day.” Continue reading »

Beginning Monday December 5, Food Network is rolling out a flurry of holiday-themed hits including two brand-new Canadian holiday specials, Bitchin’ Kitchen Christmas featuring Nadia G (Bitchin’ Kitchen) and Chuckmas with Chuck Hughes (Chuck’s Day Off and Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs).

To make the season even merrier, Food Network presents all-new, edge-of-your-seat competition specials like Food Network Challenge: Christmas Classics and Iron Chef America: Morimoto vs Symon, fun takes on holiday traditions with specials such as Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas, Cupcake Wars: Holiday Tree Lighting, Chopped Holiday 2011, The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Season’s Eatings, along with much, much more!

After managing a red hot TV career including competing on The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs and opening a new restaurant this year, Chuck Hughes is ready to take on his biggest challenge yet – hosting for the holidays! Chuckmas brings you inside Chuck’s home as he prepares to entertain and feed his family and friends this holiday season. In this fun-filled holiday special, Chuck delivers his take on Christmas – Chuckmas, premiering Saturday December 10 at 12pm and 8pm ET.

The hilarious Nadia G is showcasing dishes from around the world in Bitchin’ Kitchen Christmas premiering on Saturday, December 10 at 11am and 7pm ET. With an international flair for the festive season, Nadia is cooking Fresh Scallop Ceviche, Spicy Tom Yum, Mussels in Meyer Lemon White Wine Sauce and more! Sharing in the spirit of giving, this special will also premiere the song and music video “A Bitchin’ Christmas” – a roundup of celebrity chefs singing a merry medley for feeding the hungry this holiday season, all the proceeds of which will go to charity.

For additional holiday content turn to the online go-to guide:! This season’s guide features four new holiday menus with gorgeous photos and styling ideas for table tops and ten holiday dinner menus with just a few simple clicks. In addition to all-new exclusive Food Network Canada content there will be recipe round-ups to make any holiday craving come true. With expert tips on everything from choosing wine to roasting the perfect turkey to making pie crust, look no further for your holiday entertaining ideas.

For further information and a full schedule of holiday programming and marathons, please visit:     


Food Network Canada brand-new holiday specials include:


Chopped Holiday 2011 (Canadian Premiere)

Tuesday December 6 at 10pm ET (encore presentation at 1am ET)

It’s holiday time on Chopped! In the appetizer round the chefs, not-so-gingerly, take down some gingerbread houses. In the entrée round, a prized piece of meat and a beautiful vegetable have the makings of a great main dish, but a sweet surprise in the basket may present ye old yuletide pitfall. Who will be able to elevate the ingredient and be on their merry way with $10,000?


Unwrapped Holiday Helpings (Canadian Premiere)

Thursday December 8 at 9pm ET (encore presentation at 12am ET)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially if you like to indulge in delicious holiday treats. Host Marc Summers will discover once and for all what is in Grandma’s Fruitcake, how Spanglers makes millions of candy canes every day and Glazed Honey Hams that are sweetened and torched in a process you have to see to believe.


Bitchin’ Kitchen Christmas (World Premiere)

Saturday December 10 at 7pm ET

Nadia G is cooking up a feast with an international twist! On the merry menu: Fresh Scallop Ceviche (Mexican), Spicy Tom Yum with Straw Mushrooms & Bamboo Shoots (Thai), Mussels in Meyer Lemon White Wine Sauce (French), and more. And to wrap it all up in the spirit of giving, “A Bitchin’ Christmas” – a roundup of celebrity chefs singing a merry medley about feeding the hungry this holiday season – makes its world musical premiere with song proceeds going to charity.


Chuckmas (World Premiere)

Saturday December 10 at 8pm ET

Chuck is taking on his biggest challenge yet – hosting his very first Christmas dinner at his place!  Even though Chuck is the chef, it is his mother, Francine, who normally hosts the family’s Christmas feast and Chuck is keen to impress her with his first effort.  So Chuck hits the streets to get advice from his suppliers, friends and even his mom.  Join Chuck in his home, meet his family and discover his delicious holiday recipes.


Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Christmas – Parts 1 & 2 (Canadian Premiere)

Sunday December 11 at 11am and 12pm ET

Two recipe-packed shows feature Gordon at home with his family, teaching viewers how to prepare his favourite festive recipes including the ultimate turkey, superb stuffing, perfectly cooked vegetables and a stunning Christmas dessert. This is one of the most important meals of the year so don’t leave anything to chance. Gordon will show us a wonderful array of alternative dishes from Roast Ham to a festive twist on his classic Beef Wellington.


Iron Chef America: Holiday Battle (Morimoto vs. Symon) (Canadian Premiere)

Monday December 12 at 9pm ET (encore presentation at 12am ET)

Two Iron Chefs face off in this Holiday Battle – Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon. Judges are Candice Kumai, Karl Wente and Donatella Arpaia.


Food Network Challenge: Christmas Classics (Canadian Premiere)

Tuesday December 13 at 9pm ET (encore presentation at 12am ET)

In this holiday special, four cake designers take on classic Christmas tales and carols. During the competition, those who have been nice get an extra gift. But the competitors who have been naughty get an unwelcome surprise. The person who can infuse their cake with a little Christmas magic will get a $10,000 check in their stocking.


Cupcake Wars Holiday 2011: Hollywood Christmas Parade

Wednesday December 14 at 11pm ET (encore presentation at 2am ET)

‘Tis the season for cupcakes as four talented cupcake bakers battle for a place among the stars at the Hollywood Christmas Parade.


Cupcake Wars Holiday 2011: Tree Lighting (Canadian Premiere)

Wednesday December 14 at 8pm ET (encore presentation at 3am ET)

Four talented cupcake bakers vie for the chance to have their delicious displays featured at a star-studded holiday tree lighting ceremony in the heart of Hollywood.


Cupcake Wars Holiday 2011: The Nutcracker (Canadian Premiere)

Wednesday December 14 at 10pm ET (encore presentation at 1am ET)

Four talented bakers compete to have their cupcakes at the opening night party for the New York City Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker.


Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas Special – Parts 1 & 2  (Canadian Premiere)

Thursday December 15 at 9pm and 10pm ET (encore presentations at 12am and 1am ET)

Jamie’s daughters, Poppy and Daisy, will be taking over from Dad on the recipe front as they bring together some of their favourite recipes from the last few years. Part one sets up for a stress-free Christmas Day, with all the classics, and part two focuses on delicious festive food options like Jerk Ham and Clementine Jelly, along with lovely ideas for using up all those inevitable leftovers.


The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Season’s Eatings  (Canadian Premiere)

Friday December 16 at 8pm ET (encore presentation at 12am ET)

Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon are just a few of your favourite food personalities unwrapping their most beloved holiday treats! Whether it’s a box of Coconut Gold Bars or a Traditional Fruit Cake, Rose Petal Petit Fours or a monthly gift of bacon, these and more are sure to be the highlight of your Season’s Eatings!


Paula’s Best Dishes: Deen Family Christmas (Canadian Premiere)

Saturday December 17 at 9am ET

It’s Christmas at the Deen’s and this holiday is packed with all sorts of delicious wonder! It’s one surprise after another for Paula this Christmas, when she is visited by Elves of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Paula and her helpers get started on the Deen Christmas menu with Shrimp Stuffed Potatoes and Slow Cooked Roast with Creamy Herb Sauce. Then, it’s a must-have Christmas dessert with Ooey Gooey Butter Layer Cake. Happy Holidays Y’all!


Giada Family Christmas (Canadian Premiere)

Saturday December 17 at 10am ET

Giada and her family celebrate the holidays at Aunt Raffy’s house in Aspen. Fun-filled days in the snowy mountains begin and end with family meals, good cheer, and amazing food. The menu for the weekend includes traditional Italian struffoli, delicious Straccoto (Italian Pot Roast), a special holiday French Toast, and more!


Barefoot in London (Canadian Premiere)

Saturday December 17 at 11am ET

Join Ina Garten for a dazzling all-new one-hour holiday special where she explores the London food scene, then inspired by her delicious discoveries she conjures up incredible unmissable holiday meals and parties with a British twist back home in East Hampton.

Is your recipe worth $250,000? Well with the annoucement today of a new Food Network show.. it could be! Recipe to Riches is scouring the country for the best recipes in 7 different categories: Appetizers, Frozen Treats, Entrees, Sweet & Savoury Snacks, Savoury Pies, Cakes and Sweet Pies. Each episode one person could win $25,000 and their product will hit store shelves as a President’s Choice product. Then at the end one person will walk away with the grand prize of $250,000.

They are also hitting the road.. so bring out your favorite recipes for the judges to taste. Halifax, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto are all having open auditions for the best recipes. Check out the casting note below. For more information visit

This holiday season, HGTV Canada and Food Network Canada have teamed up to offer the best new and exclusive holiday entertaining content on their accompanying websites.  

From planning the perfect menu to original videos on everything from holiday cocktails to table décor and daily holiday tips and tricks, and are the ultimate destinations for entertaining ideas. All holiday content is now available on both sites.

For the first time in site history, is whetting appetites, featuring celebrity inspired holiday related recipes courtesy of Food Network Canada.  

In addition to tempting the taste buds, the website is offering visitors more brand new holiday content than ever before including six new holiday craft ideas, a gift guide courtesy of well-known blogger and assistant on HGTV’s Pure Design Julia Black, six holiday décor photo galleries as well as place card setting and gift tag templates.  

Your home will have never looked so fantastically festive.  Also, visitors can get interactive and share one-of-a-kind holiday greetings courtesy of HGTV through popular social networks Twitter and Facebook.  The unique cards are available for download on the website. 

“This holiday season, the HGTV and Food Network websites provide extensive information on virtually every aspect of the holidays from cooking to decorating and design,” says Christine Geddes, Director, Online Content, and  “With a new festive design and more new holiday related content than ever, these two websites are sure to inspire and entertain.” explores décor this season, featuring more than 10 brand new holiday decorating ideas including festive centerpieces, wreaths, ornaments, greeting card displays, DIY ornaments, and a decoupage gift box, among others.  

The site offers visitors more than 125 delectable holiday recipes, menus for entertaining, how-to recipe video clips, as well as full episodes of Jamie’s Family Christmas and special holiday themed episodes of Chef at Home, Ricardo and Friends and French Food at Home.  

A blog feed on the site features all holiday related blog posts, covering topics such as food related gift giving ideas, Food Network hosts’ holiday wish lists and tips, holiday food related events coverage and holiday cookbook reviews.  

Brand new downloads available on the site include printable greeting cards, recipe cards that can be attached to gifts or baked goods, sugar cookie stencils, and grocery shopping lists for Christmas dinner, Christmas brunch, and New Year’s Eve dinner.

For everything holiday related visit and  

After months of working behind the scenes Shaw Media and Healthy Choice are ready to serve up Let’s do Lunch, a half-hour original content special aimed at educating Canadians about the importance of eating lunch.

Hosted by leading meal planning expert, author and Food Network personality, Sandi Richard, Let’s do Lunch is scheduled to premiere on Saturday, November 6th during a two-hour Food Network Canada programming marathon all about lunch. The marathon will repeat on Sunday, November 7th, Saturday, February 19th and Sunday, February 20th. The highly-targeted concept of the show is a first for Shaw Media and Healthy Choice and will break open a discussion around the mid-day meal and the role it plays in leading a healthy lifestyle. 

“Lunch is an important meal and we know that 85% of Canadians aren’t eating lunch every day, so we wanted to provide a unique way for them to learn more about how to fit lunch into their busy schedules,” said Chanel Hall, Senior Brand Manager for Healthy Choice. “When we looked at ways to make lunch matter to Canadians, the partnership between Shaw Media and Healthy Choice Gourmet Steamers made sense.”

Let’s do Lunch will air twice during the Food Network marathon and will feature one product integration and one product placement for Healthy Choice Gourmet Steamers. The program will also be available for continuous viewing on Food Network’s Video on Demand channel and the Healthy Choice Gourmet Steamers Facebook fan page. The concept of the show will extend to a dedicated show page on and into three :15 second commercial spots featuring Sandi Richard that will run throughout the marathon and during breaks for regular programming on Food Network, HGTV Canada and Slice™.

“By working closely with our talented production team we’ve created an engaging and informative platform on which to share the Healthy Choice Gourmet Steamers message of making lunch matter,” said Errol Da-Ré, Senior Vice President, Sales at Shaw Media. “Building context for a client’s message out of a segment of original programming was a first for us, but it has been a tremendous experience that we look forward to sharing with our viewers.”

“This partnership between Healthy Choice Gourmet Steamers and Shaw Media is exciting for Starcom because it is a unique and innovative way to reach consumers about a topic that’s important to them and to the brand – the importance of taking the time to eat a healthy lunch,” says Claus Burmeister, Strategy Director for Starcom MediaVest Group. “The show is just one piece of a fully integrated marketing campaign that includes public relations, social media, influencer outreach and now broadcast.”

Let’s do Lunch was developed by Shaw Media, fully funded by ConAgra Foods and independently produced by Food Network’s internal production team.

This holiday season, let Food Network Canada take the reins on all your entertaining preparations.  

Loaded with scrumptious, time-saving feast ideas, nail-biting competition, and recipes you’ll be earmarking for years to come, Food Network’s lineup of holiday programming is sure to keep you in the festive spirit all season long.  Holiday themed programming begins December 4.

World renowned celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s family members join him in the kitchen on Jamie’s Family Christmas as he reveals his secret tips and tricks for preparing the ultimate holiday feast.  

To further whet your appetite for that big feast, The Best Thing I Ever Ate Holiday Special follows eight of your favourite Food Network hosts as they describe what’s on their holiday plates when they’re not behind the stove.  

If it’s high stakes competition you crave, tune in to the new Chopped Holiday Special, Ace of Cakes: Holidays on Icing and Food Network Challenge: Holiday Windows, then watch Chef Mike Lata and Iron Chef Jose Garces battle it out on Iron Chef America: Holiday Battle.  


Food Network holiday specials include:


Jamie’s Family Christmas (North American Broadcast Premiere) 

Premieres Sat. Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT 

(Encore presentation Sat. Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)

In this brand new series of five half-hour episodes, world renowned celebrity chef Jamie Oliver offers simple ways to perfect and upgrade the main elements of Christmas dinner, tips on what to prepare in advance, and how to turn leftovers into delicious meals.  Viewers will also see Jamie’s family members get chopping and peeling in the kitchen, telling stories about Oliver family Christmases.


Chopped Holiday Special (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

Wed. Dec. 8 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT 

(Encore presentation  Sat. Dec. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT)

In honour of the holidays, the chefs are asked to keep with a seasonal theme.  But gauging from the first basket, the competitors quickly learn they will need to veer from tradition.  Gingerbread oysters, anyone?  


Ace of Cakes: Holidays on Icing (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

Thu. Dec. 9 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT 

(Encore presentation Sun. Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT)

Charm City Cakes gets in the holiday spirit by decking the halls, sipping the eggnog and hitting the golf course… literally. The bakery staff chops a tree, decorates ornaments and sneaks around town playing Secret Santa. But evil Christmas elves cause some damage when Katherine’s snowflake wedding cake takes a hit. Can some Duff fireworks at the Dizz bring back the holiday cheer?


The Best Thing I Ever Ate Holiday Special (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

Sat. Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT 

(Encore presentation Mon. Dec. 13 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT)

Your favourite Food Network stars share in tantalizing detail the best dishes they’ve ever eaten during the holidays.


Food Network Challenge: Holiday Windows (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

Sun. Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT 

(Encore presentation Sun. Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. ET)

In this challenge three teams of pastry chefs have to transform boring storefront windows into edible holiday wonderlands. There’s a $10,000 present for the team that can create, transport and install the best holiday window display.


Iron Chef America: Holiday Battle (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

Wed. Dec. 15 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT 

(Encore presentation Sun. Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT)

The Chairman celebrates the holiday season with a festive battle. Charleston, S.C. chef Mike Lata of FIG (Food is Good) enters Kitchen Stadium to take on Iron Chef Jose Garces. Will Chef Lata’s food be impressive enough to topple the towering Iron Chef Garces?

Canada’s favourite destination for extraordinary chefs and inspiring recipes is celebrating its 10 year anniversary.

Over the last 10 years Food Network Canada has climbed steadily towards the top, broadening its appeal and tripling its audience1. To commemorate this momentous occasion, Food Network Canada has partnered with TV Guide Canada to produce a special collector’s edition magazine available October 4 on newsstands nationwide. The one-time only celebratory issue marks TV Guide Canada’s first print issue since 2007.

This must-have compilation includes more than 40 celebrity recipes as well as profiles of Food Network’s favourite personalities. From starters and side dishes to mains and desserts, the magazine is the perfect source for people who are passionate about food and entertaining.

“We are so pleased to be partnering with Food Network Canada,” exclaims TV Guide Canada publisher, Caroline Andrews. “Marrying these two iconic brands to produce this exclusive offering made perfect sense. In fact, most of our TV Guide Canada editors and writers are foodies at heart and avid fans of the network. I’m confident that Canadians across the country will love this magazine and refer to it often.”

“Over the last decade Food Network has experienced incredible success, achieving a top 10 specialty channel ranking and securing its place as the favourite channel among Canadian women2” says Muriel Solomon, Vice President Marketing Strategy, Canwest Broadcasting. “We’re excited to celebrate this milestone with TV Guide Canada.  The special collector’s edition enables us to share the channel’s wealth of desirable content with Canadians in a new way and we’re sure it will become a staple in kitchens across the country.”

In addition to mouth-watering recipes and sneak-peeks into the lives of Food Network Canada’s famous hosts, the magazine also provides tips and ideas for setting the perfect table, must-have kitchen gadgets, advice on hosting the perfect party and culinary secrets from Food Network Canada’s top chefs.

10 Years of Food Network Canada, presented by TV Guide Canada is only $7.99 and available at newsstands October 4th.a

Food Network Canada is celebrating its 10th anniversary this October with great pride, having achieved consistent growth over the last decade and record highs this past year.  Viewership has tripled since launch in 2000,1 more than doubled in the past four years,2 and increased by 18% this year among adults aged 25-54 and 35% among women of that age bracket.3

Over the last decade the channel has broadened its appeal to become a top 10 ranking specialty channel4 and continued to expand its family of world class chefs and TV personalities, delivering to Canadians the best in entertaining, food related series.

“We have much to celebrate as we enter our 10th year as a Canadian specialty broadcast network,” said Emily Morgan, Vice President of Content for Food Network, HGTV and DIY Network at Canwest Broadcasting.  “The outstanding increase in viewership and passion expressed by a growing number of Canadians over the past 10 years is a testament to the strength of the brand and its success in delivering top notch entertaining and diverse food related programming.”

Since its inception in October 2000, Food Network has become a favourite among Canadians5 with its much-loved and passionate hosts and exceptional programming from Canada, the U.S., Britain, and around the world.  To commemorate the channel’s anniversary, Food Network will be airing marathons of some of the most watched series on the channel throughout October and November:

Dear Food Network Thanksgiving Marathon – airing Sunday, October 3, 2010

Dear Food Network Thanksgiving Special – airing Sunday, October 10, 2010

Iron Chef America Thanksgiving Special – airing Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thanksgiving Day Marathon (Dear Food Network Thanksgiving and Food Network Challenge) – airing Monday, October 11, 2010

Ace of Cakes Marathon – airing Sunday, October 17, 2010

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Marathon – airing Sunday, October 24, 2010

Throwdown with Bobby Flay Marathon – airing Saturday, November 6, 2010

Food Network is spreading the word about its milestone anniversary in a number of different ways, including on-air promotions featuring a customized ’10 years’ logo and bug, on-air “happy birthday” greetings from hosts, a partnership with Indigo whereby in-store promotions will feature the adapted logo on signage, and a special collector’s edition of TV Guide Canada celebrating 10 years of Food Network that will hit newsstands nationwide on October 4.  Food Network’s online promotions for the 10th anniversary include a comprehensive 10th anniversary microsite featuring a 10-year timeline, video greetings from hosts as well as their top 10 favourite recipes, and a 10 year anniversary-themed Cooking Club Challenge for the online community.

For more information about Food Network’s 10th anniversary, visit, which goes live on October 1.

Monday, May 24 from 2pm ET to 6pm ET

Get a head start on BBQ season this Victoria Day with back-to-back episodes of Dear Food Network Grilling.
2 pm ET – Dear Food Network Grilling: Family BBQ Secrets

3pm ET – Dear Food Network Grilling: All American Style Grilling

4pm ET – Dear Food Network Grilling: Grilling in Paradise

5pm ET – Dear Food Network Grilling: All Access Grill Pass

Monday, February 15 from 1pm ET to 5pm ET
(Encore presentation from 5pm ET to 9pm ET)

Enjoy a full afternoon of family-friendly fun with back-to-back episodes of Last Cake Standing.

1pm ET Last Cake Standing: Personal Best Cakes
2pm ET Last Cake Standing: Elopement Cakes
3pm ET Last Cake Standing: Extreme Superhero Cakes
4pm ET Last Cake Standing: Sweet 16 Sextuplets Cakes