THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and The Little Potato Company Team Up Once Again for The Little Chef Casting Call

– Children across Canada have the chance to cook on THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW –
– Grand prize is a family culinary adventure to Rome, Italy

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TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2016 /CNW/ - It's a culinary contest like no other! Launching today, little chefs across Canada have the opportunity to showcase their talent and put their cooking skills to the test on CTV's THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW. For the second year in a row, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and MASTERCHEF CANADA's Michael Bonacini have partnered with The Little Potato Company to create The Little Chef Casting Call. The contest gives young Canadian chefs the chance to appear on CTV as well as win the culinary trip of a lifetime for their family to Rome, Italy.

To enter the casting call, families must visit and submit a video of their little chef cooking an original recipe that includes small potatoes. The contest is open to all Canadian children aged 8-13. Videos will be accepted for five weeks beginning today, Monday, Sept. 12.

The casting call will culminate with two finalists going head-to-head on THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW to compete for the grand prize of a family adventure for four people in Rome, courtesy of The Little Potato Company. The prize includes airfare, seven nights' accommodation, and an incredible culinary experience for the travellers.

"This partnership gives children the chance to enter the kitchen alongside one of the country's top chefs, and show all of Canada their cooking skills," said Laird White, Director, Brand Partnerships, Bell Media. "We are excited to see how these little chefs follow up last year's group of creative cooks!"

After the initial call for entries, 10 finalists will be selected by a judging panel and Canadians will be able to vote for their favourite Little Chef at Each semi-finalist wins a culinary prize pack valued at $225. Following the voting period, the judging panel will select the two finalists who will travel to Toronto with their families to appear in an episode of THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW to compete in a cook-off for a chance to win the grand prize trip. More details about Top 10 and voting will be provided in the coming weeks. Viewers can visit for full rules and regulations. 

The contest will be promoted and featured at major retailers across Canada and supported at store level with "Little Chef Program" support material and promotional programs.

The Little Chef Program provides tools and tips to help parents cook with their kids. The Program includes Little Chef Approved recipes, age-appropriate tasks for kids 5-7, 8-10, and 11-13 years old, and information about the important skills they'll learn as their kitchen skills evolve. The Little Chef Approved recipes are popular not only with kids, but with adults, too. Recipes include Smashed Potato Pizza and Bacon Wrapped Creamer Potatoes and more.



About The Little Potato Company
The Little Potato Company is the world's leader in small Creamer potatoes. They sell unique and proprietary varieties throughout the U.S. and Canada and are celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2016. The Edmonton-based company currently has two sorting, washing and packaging facilities in Canada and five distribution centres throughout the U.S. and Canada, in addition to the newly announced U.S. Head Office and plant near Madison, Wisconsin.The Little Potato Company's Creamers are sold in unique eye‐catching packaging and family-friendly sizes at most supermarkets. They are passionate about potatoes and about helping children learn more about food and cooking through their "Little Chef Program" at

Hosted by Marilyn Denis and taped before a studio audience, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is a daily lifestyle and entertainment talk show featuring Canadian and international celebrities and experts. Celebrities who have appeared on THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW include Sir Elton John, Shania Twain, Diane Keaton, Bradley Cooper, Kim Cattrall, Hugh Jackman, Catherine O'Hara, Michael Bublé, Lionel Richie, Amy Poehler, Tatiana Maslany, Sarah McLachlan, Jann Arden, Andrea Martin, Carly Rae Jepsen, Barenaked Ladies, The Tenors, Robbie Amell, Erica Durance, and many more. Top lifestyle experts who have appeared on the show include Jamie Oliver, Dr. Oz, Rocco DiSpirito, Mike Holmes, Jillian Michaels, Randy Fenoli, Scott McGillivray, The Property Brothers, Bryan Baeumler, and more. THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is produced by Bell Media Production, and Michelle Crespi is Executive Producer. John Simpson is Co-Executive Producer. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President, Bell Media Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. More information about THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, including ticket information, can be found at, as well on Facebook and @TheMarilynShow

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 14 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


For further information: Eric McKelvie, Bell Media, 416.384.5246 or; Karen Cook, 604-551-9074,

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