Iron Chef America

Even the frostiest weather can’t cool off the sizzling schedule of deliciously entertaining programming on Food Network Canada this winter.

Beginning the week of December 31, kick back with a warm cup of cocoa and get cozy next to the television with three brand new series and 15 returning favourites. With a sprinkling of sugar, a hint of competitive flavour and a dash of adventure, Food Network Canada has just the right recipe to chase away the chill.

In the brand new competitive confectionary series Sugar Dome, it looks like playing with your food may not be such a bad idea after all. Get ready to see jaw-dropping masterpieces created by teams of multi-functional marvels all vying for the $15,000 prize. Two highly-acclaimed and always entertaining international chefs return this winter to inspire viewers to head into the kitchen. Continue reading »

Food Network Canada’s most mouth-watering dishes and dramatic kitchen flare-ups are about to be more tempting and intense than ever before.  

As of today, the channel will be available in High-Definition for the first time ever through Shaw Cable.

The channel will continue to feature the best in food-centric entertaining programming that is now more vivid with a clear and true-to-life picture quality.

Food Network HD will be available on free preview to Shaw Cable customers on channel 232 through November 30th.

Launching just in time for Thanksgiving, Canadians can enjoy Food Network’s marathons of entertaining holiday themed content in superior high definition image quality.

 

Food Network’s Thanksgiving Marathons include:

 

Thanksgiving Marathons

Sunday, October 9 from 12pm ET to 3pm ET repeating from 4pm ET to 7pm ET

Kick back and gear up for thankful feasting with four back-to-back Thanksgiving-themed episodes of Unwrapped, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, and Chopped.

 

Sunday, October 9 from 8pm ET to 11pm ET 

Two back-to-back Thanksgiving-themed episodes of Iron Chef America are followed by a Thanksgiving-themed episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate for the tastiest way to end a Sunday night.

 

Chopped Thanksgiving Day Marathon

Monday, October 10 from 10am ET to 6am ET 

Bring some excitement back into your Thanksgiving kitchen with twenty back-to-back episodes of Chopped.

What better way to end your Canada Day weekend celebrations than with three Canadian battles in Kitchen Stadium.  

Our very own Canadian celebrity chef Roger Mooking, host of Food Network Canada’s Everyday Exotic (Tuesdays at 7pm ET/4pm PT) takes on Iron Chef Michael Symon in an intense episode of Iron Chef America that will premiere on Sunday, July 3 at 8pm ET/5pm PT on Food Network Canada as part of a Canada Day weekend Iron Chef America marathon.

When Chef Mooking was called to take centre stage in Kitchen Stadium, he and his two sous chefs, Stuart Cameron and Nelson Fernandez from Roger’s two former Toronto restaurants Kultura and Nyood respectively, packed up their knives and prepared for battle. Pitted against Iron Chef Michael Symon, Chef Mooking and his team will have only 60 minutes to create a four-star meal using the famed secret ingredient revealed at the beginning of the taping.

The Chairman, Mark Dacascos, oversees the battle between Mooking and Symon and Food Network Canada’s Thirsty Traveler, Kevin Brauch, exposes the goings-on in each competitor’s kitchen as he reports from the action-packed floor.  Alton Brown, host of Food Network’s Good Eats, offers play-by-play analyses and personal insights as dishes are created and tensions rise.  An all-star judging panel, including sports broadcasters Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton; Donatella Arpaia, New York and Miami restaurateur and cookbook author; and Andrew Zimmern, award-winning host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, score each dish for taste, presentation and originality and declare victory for one chef. 

Kicking off the Canada Day weekend marathon is internationally renowned Chef Lynn Crawford, host of Food Network Canada’s Pitchin’ In, who was the first Canadian woman to be invited to compete on Iron Chef America in 2006.  In the epic battle between Iron Chef Bobby Flay and Montreal Chef Chuck Hughes, host of Food Network’s Chuck’s Day Off, Hughes became the youngest Canadian chef to win an Iron Chef America competition.

Montreal-native and Food Network favourite Chef Chuck Hughes has been declared the youngest and second Canadian chef to win the title of Iron Chef, after an epic battle against Iron Chef Bobby Flay in an episode of Iron Chef America that aired on Sunday, March 20 at 10pm ET/PT.

Aided by his two sous chefs, James Baran and Jean-Francois Methot, from his Montreal restaurant, Garde Manger, Chef Hughes battled the clock and one of his professional heroes to create a four-star meal containing the secret ingredient, Canadian lobster. 

Chef Hughes was declared the winner by the all-star judging panel including Stefan Gates, food adventurer and award-winning writer and television presenter; Karine Bakhoum, restaurant consultant and public relations expert; and food writer John T. Edge.

“This really is a dream come true for me,” says Chef Hughes.  “It was one of the most intense challenges of my life and I’m so proud and honoured to represent Quebec and Canada as a winning Iron Chef.”  

Chuck Hughes’ Canadian series Chuck’s Day Off follows him on his days off from his bustling Montreal restaurant, Garde Manger, as he cooks for friends, family and suppliers. Viewers indulge in the mouth-watering recipes he whips up and the behind-the-scenes access into Montreal’s hottest restaurant. Chuck’s Day Off currently airs Thursdays at 7pm ET and Saturdays at 11am ET on Food Network Canada.

Montreal’s hottest chef and host of Food Network Canada’s Chuck’s Day Off has accepted the challenge of a lifetime as a competitor on Iron Chef America. Chef Chuck Hughes battles it out in Kitchen Stadium against Iron Chef Bobby Flay on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network Canada.

When Chef Hughes was called to take centre stage in Kitchen Stadium, he and his two sous chefs, James Daran and Jean-Francois Methot, from his Montreal restaurant, Garde Manger, packed up their knives and prepared for battle. Pitted against Iron Chef Bobby Flay, Chef Hughes and his team will have only 60 minutes to create a four-star meal using the famed secret ingredient revealed at the beginning of the taping.

“It’s a huge honour to be invited to compete on Iron Chef America, something I have always wanted to do,” says Chef Chuck Hughes. “There is no way to fully prepare for a competition like Iron Chef America, but when the restaurant was closed, my team and I would randomly grab a bunch of ingredients and practice cooking five dishes in 60 minutes. We really wanted to do well – to make Quebec and Canada proud.”

During the battle between Hughes and Flay, The Chairman, Mark Dacascos, oversees both competitors as they combat the clock and each other to create a four-star meal containing the mystery ingredient. Food Network Canada’s Thirsty Traveler, Kevin Brauch, exposes the goings-on in each competitor’s kitchen as he reports from the action-packed floor while Alton Brown, host of Food Network’s Good Eats, offers play-by-play analyses and personal insights as dishes are created and tensions rise.  An all-star judging panel, including Stefan Gates, food adventurer and award-winning writer and television presenter; Karine Bakhoum, restaurant consultant and public relations expert; and food writer John T. Edge, score each dish for taste, presentation and originality and declare victory for one chef.  Tune in to Food Network Canada on Sunday, March 20 at 10pm ET/PT to find out whose cuisine reigns supreme.

Chef Hughes’ Factual Entertainment Award-winning Canadian series Chuck’s Day Off follows him on his days off from his bustling Montreal restaurant, Garde Manger, as he cooks for friends, family and suppliers. Viewers indulge in the mouth-watering recipes he whips up and the behind-the-scenes access into one of Montreal’s hottest restaurants. Chuck’s Day Off is produced by Whalley-Abbey Media and its second season currently airs Thursdays at 7pm ET and Saturdays at 11am ET on Food Network Canada.

Chef Hughes will be available for media interviews in Vancouver on March 16th and 17th, and in Toronto on March 18th.

Iron Chef America Meets Canada

Thursday, July 1 from 5pm ET- 9pm ET (Encore Presentation Fri., July 2 from 11am ET- 3pm ET)

Celebrate Canada Day with a few of Canada’s top chefs as they battle it out in the kitchen stadium.  Guy Rubino, Lynn Crawford, David Adjey and Michael Smith face tough competition in back-to-back episodes of Iron Chef America.

Canada’s own Chef Michael Smith, host of Food Network Canada’s Chef Abroad and Chef At Home, was called to battle in kitchen stadium on Iron Chef America and has risen to the challenge. The ultimate Iron Chef America culinary competition between Michael Smith and Iron Chef Bobby Flay is scheduled to air January 31 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network Canada.

When Chef Michael Smith was invited to compete on Iron Chef America he and his two sous-chefs, Bill Pratt (Halifax based retired Navy chef) and Chef Paul Rogalski (Chef Proprietor of Calgary based Rouge Restaurant) readied themselves for combat. On January 31, Michael Smith and his challenger, Bobby Flay, will take to their stations in kitchen stadium and once the legendary “secret ingredient” is revealed, begin their race against time to create a four star meal for a panel of judges.

During the battle between Smith and Flay, The Chairman, Mark Dacascos, oversees both competitors as they combat the clock. Kevin Brauch (Food Network’s Thirsty Traveler), exposes the goings-on in each competitor’s kitchen while Alton Brown, host of Good Eats, offers play-by-play analysis and personal insights as dishes are created and tensions rise. An all-star judging panel, including Donatella Arpaia (restaurateur and culinary personality); Antonio Sabato Jr. (Actor); and Anya Fernald (Director of Live Culture Co.), will score each dish for taste, presentation and originality and declare victory for one chef. Tune in to find out whose cuisine reigns supreme.

Apart from his appearance on Iron Chef America, Michael Smith has an action packed winter season in store. Chef Michael will be leading a team of chefs in the Whistler Athletes Village preparing a menu of Canadian favourites and global flavours for all the athletes of the world during the games. 85 Olympic teams, upwards of 12,000 meals a day!