You Gotta Eat Here!

Food Network Canada is back with a second serving of one man’s hilarious quest to find Canada’s most delicious, mouthwatering, over-the-top, must-try food.

In the new season of the hit Canadian original series You Gotta Eat Here!, funny man John Catucci (@JohnCatucci) continues his road trip, crisscrossing the country and exploring new locations like Whitehorse in the Yukon and Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan.

With the help of devoted viewers who wrote in to tell John where he’s ‘gotta eat,’ six ‘Fan Favourite’ episodes shine a spotlight on those legendary eateries and the super fans that recommended them to John. The new season of You Gotta Eat Here! premieres Friday, February 15th with back-to-back episodes starting at 9pm ET/6pm PT on Food Network Canada. Continue reading »

Baby, it might be cold outside, but things are heating up on Food Network Canada with a new lineup of deliciously entertaining programming beginning the week of January 1st.  

Jam-packed with brand-new competitive reality series, fun and fresh food adventure series, and nine new seasons of returning favourites, Food Network’s winter programming is sure to liven up those chilly nights.

Join the cross-Canada comfort food tour of a lifetime in You Gotta Eat Here!  In this brand new food adventure series, comedian John Catucci gives viewers a hilarious behind-the-scenes look into the country’s most legendary local joints and hidden gems that absolutely must be visited.  

If there’s a craving for competition that needs satisfying, this season’s offerings are fierce. In Rachel vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off, two of the network’s biggest icons coach two teams of multi-talented celebrities through a series of intense culinary challenges leaving one contestant standing who wins $50,000 for the charity they’re playing to support.  It’s no piece of cake on Sweet Genius, a new competitive reality series from the creators of Chopped, pitting America’s top pastry chefs against each other for the coveted $10,000 prize.  In Chef Hunter, the prize at stake is an executive chef position and out-of-work chefs endure the most stressful night of their lives to prove they’re worthy of the job.  

The winter slate also introduces two new delicious series featuring favourite Food Network stars … and the most recent Food Network Star!  Guy Fieri, Anne Burrell and other celebrity chefs and cookbook authors reveal the secrets to their family recipes or best dishes off their menus in The Best Thing I Ever Made.  Fresh from his victory on Food Network Star, Jeff Mauro is the Sandwich King who will tempt your taste buds with more inventive sandwich recipes than imaginable.  

Coming this February, I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cold Cash!  This brand new, highly entertaining Canadian original series premiering February 10 is the network’s first foray into the game show format.  Unsuspecting pedestrians suddenly become contestants when suped-up ice cream bicycle-riding host Joe Motiki challenges them to witty food-related trivia in exchange for cash. 

Returning fan favourite series include: Chopped; Chopped Champions; Iron Chef America; Bitchin’ Kitchen; Worst Cooks in America; Restaurant: Impossible; The Best Thing I Ever Ate; Top Chef: Texas; and Pitchin’ In.


Brand New Series:


Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) (6×60 mins)

Sundays at 10pm ET/7pm PT beginning January 1

Two of Food Network’s biggest icons, Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri, square off against each other for culinary bragging rights in Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off.  In this six-episode competition series, the Emmy®-winning talk show host Rachael Ray and best-selling cookbook author and successful restaurateur Guy Fieri, each serve as coaches and mentors to eight multi-talented celebrities, all of whom are passionate about food and cooking.  Divided into ‘Team Rachael’ and ‘Team Guy’, each episode features celebrity contestants battling it out in a fun, fast-paced culinary fight-to-the-finish, with the two bottom-rated contestants from the losing team going head-to-head in a blind tasting elimination challenge. In the end, the last contestant standing is crowned king or queen of the Celebrity Cook-Off and wins $50,000 for the charity they are playing to support.


Sweet Genius (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) (8×60 mins)

Wednesdays at 10pm ET/PT beginning January 4     

Sweet Genius is a sugar-packed competition series that challenges America’s premier pastry chefs to create magical and inventive desserts given inspiration, surprise ingredients and a finite amount of time.  The chefs must compete in three unique pastry challenges judged by New York City’s famed Ron Ben-Israel, the Sweet Genius himself, who will critique their work and determine who will receive the $10,000 cash prize.


The Best Thing I Ever Made (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) (6×30 mins)

Thursdays at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT beginning January 5 repeating Sundays at 10am ET/7am PT

Acclaimed chefs, cookbook authors and Food Network personalities – people who have spent their lives obsessing over food reveal not only what they love to eat, but what they love to make. From personal family recipes to favourite dishes off their own menus, these food experts share their secrets and show us how to cook what they consider to be The Best Thing I Ever Made.


Chef Hunter (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) (6×60 mins)

Thursdays at 11pm ET/PT beginning January 5

In Chef Hunter, out-of-work chefs audition for a coveted executive chef position and experience the most pressure-filled night of their lives. Getting the job could change their fate — and the fortunes of a top restaurant. Teeming with emotion and incredibly high stakes, Chef Hunter looks behind the kitchen door at a uniquely cutthroat interview process that tests culinary skill, business acumen and the tenacity required to be an executive chef. 


Sandwich King (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) (6×30 mins)

Fridays at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT beginning January 6 repeating Sundays at 9:30am ET/6:30am PT

Join Food Network Star Season 7 winner Jeff Mauro as he shares his passion for all things sandwiches. For Jeff, sandwiches are much more than something eaten between two pieces of bread, and you’ll quickly see why he’s fond of saying, “you can make any meal into a sandwich, and any sandwich into a meal.”


You Gotta Eat Here! (World Broadcast Premiere) (26×30 mins)

Fridays at 9pm ET/PT beginning January 6

John Catucci is a funny man who takes his food seriously. He’s on a quest for Canada’s most delicious, mouthwatering, over-the-top comfort food. He’s visiting great joints, greasy spoons, and legendary restaurants to taste the food that made them famous and to meet the colourful characters that make them institutions. John dives into the kitchens to find out what makes these signature recipes so good. Health food? Not on this show, baby. Bring on the cheese, bacon, and barbecue!


Ice Cold Cash (World Broadcast Premiere) (14×30 mins)

Fridays at 9:30pm ET/PT beginning February 10 

Ice Cold Cash travels around the summer-lovin’ city on a suped-up ice cream bicycle challenging a series of people to correctly answer witty and fun trivia questions about food in exchange for cash.


New Seasons of Returning Favourites:


Chopped (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) (8×60 mins)

Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT beginning January 3


Chopped Champions (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) (5×60 mins)

Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT beginning January 3


Iron Chef America (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) (13×60 mins)

Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT beginning January 4


Bitchin’ Kitchen (World Broadcast Premiere) (13×30 mins)

Back-to-Back Episodes Thursdays at 7pm ET/4pm PT and 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT beginning January 5


Worst Cooks in America (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) (8×60 mins)

Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT beginning January 5


Restaurant: Impossible (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) (17×60 mins)

Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT beginning January 5


The Best Thing I Ever Ate (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) (4×30 mins)

Fridays at 9:30pm ET/PT beginning January 6


Top Chef: Texas (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) (18×60 mins)

Back-to-Back Episodes Mondays at 9pm ET/PT and 10pm ET/PT beginning January 9


Pitchin’ In (World Broadcast Premiere) (13×60 mins)

Back-to-Back Episodes Mondays at 11pm ET/PT and 11:30pm ET/PT beginning January 9

Food Network Canada is embarking on a deliciously entertaining cross-country tour of the country’s best comfort foods.  

In each half hour episode of the brand new Canadian original series You Gotta Eat Here!, food-obsessed funny man John Catucci (@JohnCatucci) takes viewers through the doors of three great joints, greasy spoons, and legendary institutions across Canada to taste the food that made them famous and meet the colourful characters that made them big.  

You Gotta Eat Here! premieres Friday, January 6th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network Canada.  

At each stop along the series’ journey, John rolls up his sleeves and dives into the kitchens of local landmark restaurants to help them cook their signature dishes.  John meets the owners, chefs and patrons who make each restaurant a destination you’d insist on dragging a friend to. He hears their stories, learns their family traditions and experiences their passion for good food. These are busy joints, and appetites wait for no one.

“You Gotta Eat Here! is a hilariously good time and I meet some really interesting folks along the way,” says John Catucci, host, You Gotta Eat Here! “Having discovered so many great restaurants in my travels across Canada as a comedian, and having grown up working in restaurants, the show is the perfect fit because it really parallels my life.”

“John has a real curiosity and down home passion for food, but it’s his witty sense of humour that will keep our viewers coming back for more,” says Barb Williams, SVP Content, Shaw Media. “This show, like no other, shines a spotlight on our country’s most legendary eateries and their most over-the-top, crowd pleasing-comfort foods that we all love.”

“It’s now no secret how many great places there are to find fabulous home style cooking across Canada,” says Michael Geddes, President of Lone Eagle Entertainment Ltd.  “You Gotta Eat Here! will make Canadians proud and passionate about these restaurants that are doing it right!”


The first two world broadcast premiere episodes include:


You Gotta Eat Here!: Boomers Gourmet Fries, Relish Burgers, John’s Place

Friday, January 6 at 9pm ET/PT

With 12 delicious, mouth-watering poutine combinations at Boomers Gourmet Fries in Stratford, ON, host John Catucci indulges in a classic favourite with a twist.  At Relish Burgers in London, ON, John samples over 40 gourmet burger selections including one heart-stopping option named after the local ER.  Then he’s off to John’s Place in Victoria, BC, to try more than 10 varieties of brunch’s best friend, ‘Eggs Benny.’


You Gotta Eat Here!: Pizzeria Napoletana, Floyd’s Diner, Haugen’s Chicken & Ribs

Friday, January 13 at 9pm ET/PT

In Montreal, QC, host John Catucci crushes tomatoes by hand at the family-run Pizzeria Napoletana.  Then it’s high stakes fun for a chef’s preference mystery meal at Floyd’s Diner in Victoria, BC. Lastly, at the legendary Haugen’s Chicken & Ribs in Port Perry, ON, John samples their top secret dipping sauce.