Pitchin’ In

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

Continuing her search across North America for the best and freshest ingredients, celebrity chef Lynn Crawford returns with a standout second season of Pitchin’ In, premiering Monday, January 3, at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT on Food Network Canada.  

The award-winning series follows chef Lynn as she makes a deal with her local hosts and in exchange for her hard labour learning their trade, she’ll cook them a fantastic meal they’ll never forget.  

This 13-episode season features six episodes filmed in cities across Canada: Airdrie and Strathmore, Alberta; Malpeque, P.E.I.; Stratford, Ontario; Tofino, B.C.; and Bonavista, Newfoundland.

Never shy of a challenge, chef Lynn stops at nothing to get the job done.  From babysitting 5,000 baby heritage French chicks overnight in North Carolina, to coming face-to-face with her fears in order to handle bison in Alberta, and battling the cold and darkness to embark on an all-night squid fishing adventure in California, Lynn has her work cut out for her in this ultimate gastronomic adventure.

“My goal is to absorb as much knowledge as I can from these local heroes of fresh food production and embrace all challenges that come my way,” says Lynn Crawford, host of 

Pitchin’ In.  “The series has given me a deeper connection to food which is invaluable as a chef.”

“Canadians connected with the first season of Pitchin’ In and we’re so pleased to welcome chef Lynn back for a whole new season of adventure,” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media.  “Lynn’s energy and charisma is infectious and viewers will walk away from each episode feeling not only highly entertained but thoroughly inspired.”

Episodes of the second season of Pitchin’ In will be available for streaming from www.foodnetwork.ca after each airing. 


The first two world broadcast premiere episodes include:


Pitchin’ In: Chicken

Monday, January 3 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Chef Lynn has always loved a roast chicken.  Now in Siler City North Carolina, she’s found heritage French birds that taste the way chicken used to taste.  But raising them is hard and dirty work, and even requires Lynn to sleep overnight with 5,000 baby chicks.


Pitchin’ In: Bison

Monday, January 10 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Bison was once almost extinct but a small group of Airdrie, Alberta, ranchers have worked to bring them back and now bison is becoming a popular, more healthy alternative to beef.  These majestic creatures are raised almost wild, and chef Lynn has to come face-to-face with her fears when she has to handle them.

Lynn Crawford is doing the unthinkable. After a 24 year career as a five-star, high profile chef, she is leaving her post as Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Hotel Manhattan for the ultimate gastronomic adventure.  Premiering January 4 on Food Network Canada, Pitchin’ In follows Lynn as she embarks on a journey across North America to reconnect with food, uncover the best and freshest product available and learn from the people who produce it.

In each episode of Pitchin In Lynn Crawford makes a deal with her local hosts – they let her work with them for a few days, taking in their trade and working hard to learn the ropes and in return she throws them a spectacular dinner featuring their product. Lynn takes on any challenge that comes her way, relying on local hunters, fishermen or farmers to show her how it’s done. From fighting off bugs in the muddy Louisiana crawfish ponds to cleaning up after pigs in Georgia and wrestling lobsters in Nova Scotia, there isn’t anything she won’t try in the name of fresh food.

“Pitchin’ In takes viewers on an exciting culinary road trip, exploring farmland and fisheries across North America and the high-quality foods that they produce,” said Emily Morgan, VP Content, Food Network, HGTV and DIY Network Canada. “Lynn Crawford’s passion for food gets her through each new situation and her sense of humour and adventure make this series a sheer joy to watch.”

“There is nothing more important to me than great food and this opportunity allows me to work with dedicated food producers who are devoted to cultivating incredibly fresh product,” said Chef, Lynn Crawford. “Each challenge is inspiring, humbling and often hilarious, and I can’t wait to share it all with Canadian viewers.”

Full episodes of Pitchin’ In, recipes from the series and special behind-the-scenes out-takes will be available for users to enjoy at www.foodnetwork.ca.

When Lynn isn’t travelling to new fisheries and farms on Pitchin’ In she’s working on opening her first restaurant in Toronto, Ontario, currently set to open in March 2010.

The first two world broadcast premiere episodes include:

Pitchin’ In: Lobster (World Broadcast Premiere)

January 4 at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT

Chef Lynn is invited to go lobster fishing on The Bay of Fundy, where some of the finest lobster in the world is caught. It’s backbreaking work and Lynn is completely out of her element. At the Four Seasons in New York, she had a $1000 lobster omelet on the menu, but before she prepares dinner for her hosts she finds out that the locals prefer their lobster cooked in the microwave.

Pitchin’ In: Pigs (World Broadcast Premiere)

January 11 at 10 pm ET/ 7pm PT

Chef Lynn picks one of America’s top heritage hog farmers to explore what it takes to raise the perfect pig. It’s nasty and dirty work that has Lynn shovelling poop and chasing sows. On a side trip she discovers the secrets of southern barbeque and realizes what she’s up against if she expects to impress the locals when she cooks for them.