Food Network Canada Brings its Top Rated Series' Season Finale to
Finale Airs June 10 at 9pm ET/10pm PT
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TORONTO, May 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Food Network Canada and Insight Production Company Ltd. in partnership with Tourism Calgary
are bringing the season finale of Top Chef Canada to new territory for the first time in the series' history. As the
backdrop to the third season finale of Canada's fiercest food fight,
Calgary is a young, edgy city home to over one million people and
growing faster than any other in North America. Calgary is also a new
culinary hotbed in Canada with renegade chefs in impressive restaurant
and food truck kitchens, making it the ideal setting for the cutthroat
culinary competition. The Top Chef Canada season three finale airs June 10 at 9pm ET/10pm PT exclusively on Food Network Canada.
Just before the classic cocktail-themed Quickfire Challenge in Monday
night's episode with guest judge, mixologist and Toronto's BarChef
owner, Frankie Solarik, the chefs learned that their ultimate
destination - for those left standing - will be Calgary.
"A big part of what makes Top Chef Canada so successful is the dramatic twists and turns that unfold throughout
the series," says Barb Williams, SVP Content, Shaw Media. "Taking the
chefs out of their comfort zones and into a brand new city adds a huge
element of surprise and intrigue that is sure to keep viewers on the
edges of their seats. As one of Canada's most innovative dining
destinations, Calgary truly is an ideal backdrop for the season
"Calgary's history with food is as diverse as the landscape that
surrounds the city," said John Brunton, Executive Producer at Insight
Production Company Ltd. "From their famous pancake breakfasts at the
Stampede to cutting edge fusion restaurants that are getting national
recognition, Calgary is the perfect place to end another great season
of Top Chef Canada."
"Tourism Calgary is thrilled to showcase our city's innovative culinary
scene to Top Chef Canada viewers. We hope it will give a glimpse of the metropolitan energy,
culture and people that make up this talented city," says Gisele Danis,
Tourism Calgary Vice-President, Marketing & Communications.
The season finale will showcase some of Calgary's landmarks such as
Prince's Island Park on the river in the heart of the city. Here, the
Quickfire Challenge tasks the chefs with creating and executing their
very own food truck concept. The Elimination Challenge takes place in Rush Restaurant and Bar in the city's downtown business district where the chefs must each
prepare a stellar five-course meal that best reflects their talents.
Special guest judge for the Elimination Challenge is the culinary queen
of Calgary and Top Chef Canada season 1 finalist Connie DeSousa, co-executive chef and co-owner of CHARCUT Roast House. Joining Connie as guest tasters for the challenge are JUNO Award
winning Singer/Songwriter and proud Calgarian Jann Arden and Rush Restaurant owner Lance Hurtubise President of the Vintage Group.
After an intense nine weeks of gruelling competition in the kitchen,
only six of the initial 16 chefs are left standing:
Nicole Gomes, 34, Calgary, AB (Originally Richmond, BC)
Jonathan Goodyear, 34, Toronto, ON
Geoff Rogers, 31, Calgary, AB
Danny "Smiles" Francis, 27, Montreal, QC
Matthew Stowe, 30, Vancouver, BC (Originally Cloverdale, BC)
Dennis Tay, 34, Toronto, ON (Originally Windsor, ON)
At stake for these victory-hungry chefs is the grand prize of $100,000
sponsored by SpongeTowels® paper towels, a GE Monogram kitchen worth
$30,000, a custom installation by Caesarstone Quartz Surfaces worth
$25,000 and the title of Canada's Top Chef.
In next week's heated episode of Top Chef Canada, airing Monday May 20th at 9pm ET/10pm PT, the chefs must create a dish based on a destination that Toronto
Pearson International Airport serves. The catch is that they must
create this dish on the tarmac at Canada's busiest airport with planes
landing and taking off around them. Later in the Elimination
Challenge, the chefs must create an Indian feast for special guest
judges Chef Vikram Vij and international comedy superstar Russell Peters.
The exciting, Calgary-based season three finale of Top Chef Canada airs June 10, at 9pm ET/10pm PT exclusively on Food Network Canada. To watch full episodes online and access exclusive interviews and
winning elimination challenge recipes throughout the run of the series,
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has become an industry leader in the creative development, financing
and production of highly rated television programs and cutting edge
multiplatform content for the global market in every genre. Since 1979,
it has been recognized for its reputation for outstanding quality as
the recipient of numerous International awards, including multiple
Gemini's. The company has created thousands of hours of groundbreaking
television that continues to be broadcast over major networks
worldwide. Recent hits include original formats Battle of the Blades and Canada Sings along with Big Brother Canada, Canada's Got Talent, Intervention Canada, The JUNO Awards, Never Ever Do This at Home and currently in production on The Amazing Race Canada. For more information visit www.insighttv.com.
About Tourism Calgary
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organization that has specialized in the marketing and promotion of
Calgary and area as the destination of choice for leisure and business
travel for more than 50 years. Leading Calgary's tourism efforts
domestically, nationally and internationally, Tourism Calgary works
with major sporting and cultural events, tour operators, meeting
planners and travel media. Annually tourism contributes $1.4 billion in
visitor spending to the local community and employs 1 in 10 working
Calgarians. Please visit our website at visitcalgary.com or follow @tourismcalgary.
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