Home Cooks and Their Families Face Off in MASTERCHEF CANADA: ALL-STAR FAMILY EDITION, Premiering December 5 on CTV

– New two-hour Original Special features returning MASTERCHEF CANADA winners, their families, and some special guests as they compete to win $10,000 for the charity of their choice –
– Returning home cooks include Season 1 winner Eric Chong, Season 2 winner David Jorge, Season 3 winner Mary Berg, and Pino DiCerbo, winner of MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL –
MASTERCHEF CANADA: ALL-STAR FAMILY EDITION kicks off the culinary season on CTV, with the fifth season premiere of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR in February 2017, and the Season 4 premiere of MASTERCHEF CANADA in Winter 2017 –

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TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2016 /CNW/ - CTV is cooking up a feast of MASTERCHEF programming, and it all begins with the television event MASTERCHEF CANADA: ALL-STAR FAMILY EDITION, premiering Monday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The two-hour CTV Original Special brings together past MASTERCHEF CANADA winners, their families, and some special guests to compete for $10,000 for the charity of their choice. The home cooks returning to the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen are Season 1 winner Eric Chong, Season 2 winner David Jorge, Season 3 winner Mary Berg, and MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL winner Pino DiCerbo.

MASTERCHEF CANADA judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile will serve up four nail-biting challenges, and decide which teams face elimination and which ones move forward. The special also airs Monday, Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. ET on Gusto. As with 2014's MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL, MASTERCHEF CANADA: ALL-STAR FAMILY EDITION was created by Proper Television in collaboration with CTV and Endemol Shine Group.

"Viewers have proven over the past three seasons that they have a strong appetite for MASTERCHEF CANADA, and the MASTERCHEF CANADA: ALL-STAR FAMILY EDITION special is the perfect primer before Season 4 returns as part of our hit mid-season lineup," said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty, Bell Media.

In MASTERCHEF CANADA: ALL-STAR FAMILY EDITION, four MASTERCHEF CANADA champions are joined by their families to compete in four increasingly difficult culinary challenges: the Better-Half Skills Race, the Mother and Child Mystery Box, the Bossy Sibling Coaching Challenge, and the Family Feast Team Cook. Over the course of the two-hour special, select family members will compete alongside Eric, David, Mary, and Pino, as they work to impress the judges with their creativity and skill. The family who cooks their way to victory will win the first MASTERCHEF CANADA: ALL-STAR FAMILY EDITION and $10,000 for their chosen charity.

The MASTERCHEF CANADA: ALL-STAR FAMILY EDITION teams are:

#TeamEric (Blue Apron)
@WOK_Lobster

MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 1 Winner Eric Chong joins the competition with his mother Zena, girlfriend Jenn, and brother Andrew. Eric entered Season 1 with a recent engineering degree. His parents did not want him to pursue cooking, but claiming the MASTERCHEF CANADA title helped him win their support. Eric is now chef and co-owner of R&D, the successful Toronto restaurant he opened with MASTERCHEF CANADA judge Alvin Leung. #TeamEric is competing for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

#TeamDavid (Red Apron)
@concrete_cook

David Jorge, the winner of MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 2, was a high school dropout and concrete worker who dreamed of something more. After his victory he opened S+L Kitchen and Bar in Langley, BC, in partnership with the Joseph Richard Group, and has two more restaurant projects on the go. David is joined in the kitchen by his mother Maria, brother Kevin, wife Tanis, and sons JJ and Nuno. #TeamDavid is competing for the Surrey Food Bank.

#TeamMary (Green Apron)
@mary_berg3

Season 3's winning home cook Mary Berg is competing with her new husband Aaron, brother Michael, and her mom Myra. Following her win, Mary left her job as an insurance broker and started her own catering company, Perfect Day Events. #TeamMary is competing for the SickKids Foundation.

#TeamPino (Purple Apron)
@dicerbop

Pino DiCerbo, winner of MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL, is no longer a stay-at-home dad. He now offers private chef services via Chef Pino Di Cerbo's Cucina Rustica and cohosts a YouTube cooking show with his mother Filomena. Pino will be joined again by his mom, sister Ange, wife Anna, and sons David and Adam. #TeamPino is competing for Brandan's Eye Research Foundation.

The culinary season continues on CTV following the premiere of MASTERCHEF CANADA: ALL-STAR FAMILY EDITION with the return of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR for its fifth season in February 2017 as a new batch of talented kids showcase their skills in the kitchen and passion for food. MASTERCHEF CANADA is also set to return in Winter 2017 for Season 4 with a new group of talented home cooks from across the country. Viewers looking to satisfy their hunger for MASTERCHEF CANADA before the series returns can stream all past seasons on CraveTV™.

The MASTERCHEF format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Endemol Shine Group, and is based on a format originally created by Franc Roddam.

MASTERCHEF CANADA: ALL-STAR FAMILY EDITION is produced by Proper Television in association with CTV. Proper's Vice-President and Creative Director Cathie James is the show runner and executive producer, President of Proper Television, Guy O'Sullivan, is the executive producer. For Bell Media, Robin Johnston is Production Executive; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production; Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty; Randy Lennox is President, Broadcast and Content.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Twitter:
#MasterChefCanada
@CTV_PR
@CTV_Television
Michael Bonacini – @MichaelBonacini
Alvin Leung@TheDemonChef
Claudio Aprile@ClaudioAprile
Eric Chong@WOK_Lobster / #TeamEric
David Jorge – @concrete_cook / #TeamDavid
Mary Berg@mary_berg3 / #TeamMary
Pino DiCerbo@dicerbop / #TeamPino

Facebook:
Facebook.com/CTV
Facebook.com/MasterChefCDA

Instagram:
@BellMediaPR 
@CTV_Television
@MasterChefCDA

About Endemol Shine Group
With headquarters in Amsterdam, Endemol Shine Group is a global content powerhouse creating world class content for all platforms. 

As a producer and distributor, Endemol Shine Group works on a unique local and global axis comprised of 120 companies across more than 30 markets dedicated to creating content that enthralls and inspires.

Global hits include many long-running non-scripted formats such as Masterchef, Big Brother and Your Face Sounds Familiar with a new generation being adapted around the world, including The Brain (Germany), Hunted and The Island (UK), Spelling Star (Australia), Big Music Quiz (France) and many more.  In 2015 the company's travelling formats originated from eleven different countries across the Group.  

Endemol Shine Group's drama portfolio is similarly international and diverse, boasting critically acclaimed worldwide hits such as Humans, Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror, Kingdom, Grantchester, The Fall and Broadchurch, (each sold in 100 or more markets), alongside recent hits including Intersection (Turkey), Springtide (Sweden) and Penoza from The Netherlands.  Furthermore, in addition to airing around the world, Sweden's Bron (The Bridge) and Israel's Orpheus Project have been successfully adapted for different local regions. 

The Group's award-winning digital production and distribution studio Endemol Shine Beyond, helps advertisers and brands to engage millennial audiences around the world through popular online content and channels including eSports format Legends of Gaming and lifestyle brand ICON, each with local adaptations in multiple markets. 

With other iconic hits including Deal or No Deal, Mr. Bean, The Biggest Loser, The Money Drop and many more, Endemol Shine Group produced a total of 733 productions in over 50 languages across 68 territories in 2015, airing on 256 channels around the world.

About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and MASTERCHEF CANADA. Upcoming original series on CTV include CARDINAL and THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space's most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo's award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV comedies LETTERKENNY and RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Discovery's first-ever drama FRONTIER, Comedy's new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON, and nine new series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH. Discovery is also home to Bell Media's hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA'S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.

About CTV  
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 15 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at CTV.ca.

SOURCE CTV

For further information: Jesse Wanagas, CTV Networks, 416.384.3193 or jesse.wanagas@bellmedia.ca; Christy Sullivan, CTV Networks, 416.384.3624 or christy.sullivan@bellmedia.ca


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