Top Chef

The summer has been hotter than ever for Canwest’s specialty portfolio as the channels experience exceptional growth over last year. To-date, Canwest has seen an impressive combined growth of 23% versus last summer.

The viewership increases can be seen across Canwest’s broad spectrum of specialty channels including staggering growth on the following channels*.

HGTV +45%

MovieTime +78%

TVtropolis +33%

BBC Canada +46%

SLICE™ +31%

National Geographic +37%

History Television +22%

 

Twelve of Canwest’s specialty channels are also enjoying their most successful Summers to-date. The list includes, Food Network, History Television, HGTV, SLICE™, TVtropolis, Action, Showcase Diva, National Geographic Channel, BBC Canada, DejaView, IFC and MovieTime.

“Canwest’s remarkable growth this Summer on the specialty channels is a direct result of our unwavering commitment to providing engaging and thrilling content throughout the entire broadcast year combined with the strength of our brands,” says Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President, Content, Canwest Broadcasting.” “We look forward to continuing this momentum as we head into one of the most exciting and jam-packed Fall seasons yet for our specialty brands.”

The growth is destined to continue into Fall with a slew of brand-new exclusive series premiering across the channels. Some highlights include American Pickers and William Shatner’s Weird or What on History Television, as well as Lost Girl and Burn Notice, airing on Showcase. Viewers can catch Top Chef DC and The Opener on Food, while HGTV is set to launch Selling New York and Home to Keep.

Food Network Canada and Insight Production Company Ltd. announce that television host and passionate foodie Thea Andrews (Entertainment Tonight; ESPN) will host the premiere season of Top Chef Canada, the anticipated Canadian version of the award-winning U.S. series.

Top Chef Canada – which sees Canada’s top culinary talent face-off for the chance to win $100,000 and the ‘Canada’s Top Chef’ title – premieres spring 2011 on Food Network.

“We are thrilled that Thea is coming home to host Top Chef Canada,” said John Brunton, Executive Producer, Insight Production Company Ltd. “With her grace, intelligence, beauty and a love of food, Thea’s passion for the culinary world will provide the viewer with a new understanding of what it takes to be Top Chef.”

“Thea Andrews is an exceptional television host and entertainment journalist and we warmly welcome her on board to host Top Chef Canada,” said Karen Gelbart, SVP Content, Lifestyle Channels, Canwest Broadcasting. “Thea and series head judge Mark McEwan make up a standout team bringing the perfect balance of entertainment and culinary excellence to the table.”

Canadian Thea Andrews is an experienced TV personality and entertainment journalist, having worked as a correspondent and weekend host for Entertainment Tonight in Los Angeles, as co-host for several ESPN series and, most recently, co-hosting the 16th Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards Red Carpet Show for TNT. A bon vivant at heart, Thea has studied and taken cooking classes both in New York and Los Angeles. Thea and her husband have organized vacations around visits to vineyards and restaurants they have heard about. She recently took her love of the culinary world one step further by investing in a brand new 315-seat New York restaurant called Millesime opening in the historic Carlton Hotel in September. The two floor restaurant features 2-star Michelin chef, Laurent Manrique, and a 2 million dollar show kitchen.

“I am excited and honoured to host Top Chef Canada,” said Thea Andrews, host, Top Chef Canada. “This is a dream job where I can merge my love of food with my love of television. I’m looking forward to an amazing experience.”

For more information on Top Chef Canada visit www.foodnetwork.ca/topchef.

 

Food Network Canada and Insight Production Company Ltd. have signed on Mark McEwan, one of Canada’s most celebrated culinary masters, as head judge for the premiere season of Top Chef Canada launching spring 2011 on Food Network.

With Mark McEwan on board, the search for the country’s top culinary talent is on. The national casting call for Top Chef Canada begins today with information available at www.foodnetwork.ca/topchef.

The nation’s best and brightest up-and-coming culinary stars, aged 19 years and older, are encouraged to visit foodnetwork.ca to download the application form.

In addition to the online form, applicants must create a short video of themselves in action, showing off their cooking ability and on-camera personality. Applicants will be selected to compete for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be crowned Canada’s Top Chef and a $100,000 prize.

“We want to hear from those Canadians who think they have the culinary skills and star personalities to compete on Top Chef Canada,” said John Brunton, President, Insight Production Company Ltd. “The culinary scene in Canada has never been so hot and I’m certain our casting search will find Canada’s most promising chefs.”

“We’re thrilled to work with Insight Productions and Mark McEwan to uncover a roster of talented individuals from across the country,” said Karen Gelbart, SVP Content, Lifestyle Channels, Canwest Broadcasting. “Mark McEwan is an industry genius and the level of creativity, skill and determination he’ll expect from the Top Chef Canada competitors will make for tough competition.”

Mark McEwan (owner of North 44, Bymark and ONE restaurants, McEwan Fine Food Store and host of Food Network’s The Heat) is a leader in the Canadian food industry and his participation as the head judge on Top Chef Canada demonstrates the high standards expected of the show’s competitors. As the owner of three of Toronto’s top restaurants, a catering company and a fine food store, Mark’s expert experience ranges from the start up and running of successful businesses, to high-quality food preparation, restaurant service and catering. He is well versed in the high-intensity of a professional kitchen and has mastered working under immense pressure. Mark also has the know-how to perform on camera with three seasons of the Food Network series, The Heat, and a season of Superstar Chef Challenge under his belt.

“It’s an absolute honour to be a part of such an exciting project that will showcase the range of culinary talent this country has to offer,” said Mark McEwan, owner of North 44, Bymark and ONE restaurants, McEwan Fine Food Store and host of Food Network’s The Heat. “I’ve been in the food and service industry for over 30 years and look forward to sharing that expertise with the chosen competitors on Top Chef Canada.”

All information on how to apply to be on Top Chef Canada is now available at www.foodnetwork.ca/topchef. Casting opens today, May 10, and runs through June 14, 2010.

Top Chef Masters 2 currently airs Mondays at 9pm ET/10pm PT on Food Network.

 

 

Food Network Canada and Insight Production Company Ltd. have signed on Mark McEwan, one of Canada’s most celebrated culinary masters, as head judge for the premiere season of Top Chef Canada launching spring 2011 on Food Network.

With Mark McEwan on board, the search for the country’s top culinary talent is on. The national casting call for Top Chef Canada begins today with information available at www.foodnetwork.ca/topchef.

The nation’s best and brightest up-and-coming culinary stars, aged 19 years and older, are encouraged to visit foodnetwork.ca to download the application form.  In addition to the online form, applicants must create a short video of themselves in action, showing off their cooking ability and on-camera personality. Applicants will be selected to compete for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be crowned Canada’s Top Chef and a $100,000 prize.

“We want to hear from those Canadians who think they have the culinary skills and star personalit

ies to compete on Top Chef Canada,” said John Brunton, President, Insight Production Company Ltd. “The culinary scene in Canada has never been so hot and I’m certain our casting search will find Canada’s most promising chefs.”

“We’re thrilled to work with Insight Productions and Mark McEwan to uncover a roster of talented individuals from across the country,” said Karen Gelbart, SVP Content, Lifestyle Channels, Canwest Broadcasting. “Mark McEwan is an industry genius and the level of creativity, skill and determination he’ll expect from the Top Chef Canada competitors will make for tough competition.”

Mark McEwan (owner of North 44, Bymark and ONE restaurants, McEwan Fine Food Store and host of Food Network’s The Heat) is a leader in the Canadian food industry and his participation as the head judge on Top Chef Canada demonstrates the high standards expected of the show’s competitors. As the owner of three of Toronto’s top restaurants, a catering company and a fine food store, Mark’s expert experience ranges from the start up and running of successful businesses, to high-quality food preparation, restaurant service and catering. He is well versed in the high-intensity of a professional kitchen and has mastered working under immense pressure. Mark also has the know-how to perform on camera with three seasons of the Food Network series, The Heat, and a season of Superstar Chef Challenge under his belt.

“It’s an absolute honour to be a part of such an exciting project that will showcase the range of culinary talent this country has to offer” said Mark McEwan, owner of North 44, Bymark and ONE restaurants,  McEwan Fine Food Store and host of Food Network’s The Heat. “I’ve been in the food and service industry for over 30 years and look forward to sharing that expertise with the chosen competitors on Top Chef Canada.”

All information on how to apply to be on Top Chef Canada is now available at www.foodnetwork.ca/topchef. Casting opens today, May 10, and runs through June 14, 2010.

Top Chef Masters 2 currently airs Mondays at 9pm ET/10pm PT on Food Network.

 

Canwest Broadcasting today confirmed an agreement with NBC Universal to produce a Canadian adaptation of the international smash hit Top Chef and has joined forces with Canadian production powerhouse, Insight Productions, on the development of the series. The inaugural season of Top Chef Canada will premiere in spring 2011 exclusively on Food Network Canada.

Top Chef is the number one food show on cable in the United States and an Emmy and James Beard Award-Winning series for Bravo in the US. Since Top Chef’s premiere on Food Network in fall 2006 it has become a landmark program on the schedule, consistently ranking in Food Network’s top 10 programs. The series has continued to gain momentum with each new season and this past fall Top Chef: Las Vegas hit it big with viewers, setting an all-time audience high for the channel among 2+ and A25-54 for a single-viewing.

“Top Chef is a proven performer and audience favourite on Food Network and we are delighted to team up with NBC Universal and Insight Productions to launch the format in Canada,” said Karen Gelbart, SVP Content, Lifestyle Channels, Canwest Broadcasting. “Canadians are passionate about food and as our culinary landscape across the country continues to grow, so does the opportunity to showcase our wealth of talent ranging from amateur cooks to trained chefs.”

“We’re honoured to be onboard, working alongside Canwest and NBC Universal on the Canadian production of such a top-rated international series,” said John Brunton, President, Insight Production Company Ltd. “There is a strong pool of talent to draw from in this country and we are committed to discovering the best of the best and producing an outstanding program.”

“We are delighted to add Canwest to our growing list of international productions of Top Chef,” said Yvonne Pilkington, EVP, International Format Sales, NBC Universal. “The search to find the Top Chef of tomorrow has become nothing less than a phenomenon and its international success looks set to continue.”

Staying true to the original show format, Top Chef Canada will not only challenge the competitors’ skills in the kitchen, but also uncover if they have the customer service, management and teamwork abilities required of a top chef. The intensity builds each week as the competitors vie for their shot at stardom and avoid elimination. Top Chef Canada will have audiences tuning in to watch the drama unfold as Canadians compete to determine who will be crowned Canada’s first Top Chef.

Details on casting and production will be revealed in the weeks ahead.

Top Chef Masters 2 currently airs Mondays at 9pm ET/10pm PT on Food Network.

Top Chef has been recently broadcast by M6 in France, and local production rights have been sold to Fremantle in Mexico, Brazil, and India.