MASTERCHEF CANADA Open Casting Call Auditions August 10 and 11 in Toronto

- Amateur Chefs invited to apply in person at the MASTERCHEF CANADA Open Casting Call on August 10 and 11 in Toronto -
- Online application extended to end of Open Casting Call at -

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TORONTO, July 25, 2013 /CNW/ - CTV and Proper Television announced today that Canadians are invited to apply for its new competition series MASTERCHEF CANADA in person at an Open Casting Call in Toronto at 7 a.m. ET on August 10 and 11, 2013. Online applications are also now being accepted until the end of the MASTERCHEF CANADA Open Casting Call on Sunday, August 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET at All shortlisted candidates will be invited to meet with MASTERCHEF CANADA producers in cities across Canada. 

"We're looking forward to meeting some of Canada's best amateur cooks at the open casting call, the perfect end to an overwhelmingly positive casting process," said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. "Canada's amateur chefs are hungry to be a part of the series and we can't wait to see what they cook up in Toronto."

For the MASTERCHEF CANADA Open Casting Call, amateur chefs can bring one prepared dish to the InterContinental Hotel at 225 Front St. W at 7 a.m. ET on August 10 and 11, 2013. There will be time to plate the dish but no kitchen facilities or plating supplies provided. All dishes will be tasted at room temperature and applicants must be able to carry everything they need into the audition room. Food will be judged for taste, plating, creativity, skill, and food knowledge. Potential hopefuls can visit and follow the links for full casting details and FAQs.

"The response to the initial casting has been overwhelming," said Cathie James, Vice-President and Creative Director for Proper Television. "People are really excited by the prospect of being Canada's first MasterChef!"

Media wishing to attend the open casting call in Toronto must be accredited in advance.

MASTERCHEF CANADA provides an opportunity for Canadian amateur chefs to develop their culinary skills as they compete for the MASTERCHEF CANADA title. In keeping with the MASTERCHEF format, the contestants will face individual and team-based cooking challenges, which result in one or more home cooks being eliminated each week, until finally Canada's first MASTERCHEF is crowned. The Canadian version of the internationally acclaimed series MASTERCHEF is slated for a winter 2014 debut on CTV.

MASTERCHEF is recognized as one of the most-successful primetime entertainment formats in the world. Now produced in over 40 countries, the series is watched in more than 200 territories worldwide.

With production starting this fall, President of Proper Television, Guy O'Sullivan will executive produce the series, along with Proper's Vice-President and Creative Director Cathie James. Shine America's Paul Franklin will serve as a Creative Consultant. Robin Johnston is the CTV Production Executive. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.




About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, while working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, MOTIVE, and THE LISTENER, and the recently concluded game changer FLASHPOINT. New for 2013 on CTV are the drama series PLAYED, relationship comedy SATISFACTION, multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT, and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, a Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit international series. Among the scripted series on Bell Media specialty channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, ORPHAN BLACK, and upcoming dramas BITTEN and 19-2, as well as reality series PANIC BUTTON,  BRAVE NEW GIRL and factual entertainment staples HIGHWAY THRU HELL and CANADA'S WORST DRIVER. So far in 2013, Bell Media ordered 20 original Canadian series and put 48 projects into development.

About Shine International
Shine International is the sales and distribution arm of Shine Group and focuses on exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights through scripted and non-scripted formats and tape. The company distributes programming from Shine Group's growing library of programming along with an array of programming acquired from independent producers and major primetime broadcasters, to more than 150 countries worldwide. Shine International is a leader in handling global rights to unscripted formats including The Biggest Loser (airing in 30 countries), One Born Every Minute, Minute To Win It, Clash of the Choirs and MasterChef, which is now licensed in over 40 countries and airs in 200 territories; and a scripted catalogue that boasts the critically-acclaimed Broadchurch, Utopia and In the Flesh, new sit-com Vicious and the forthcoming Shine America and FX co-production of The Bridge.

About Proper Television
Proper Television is a leading provider of factual entertainment, reality, documentary and docu-dramas for Canadian, American, and International markets. Headed by former BBC director Guy O'Sullivan, Proper Television has earned a distinguished reputation for creating original series and hit versions of international formats including CANADA'S WORST DRIVER, COME DINE WITH ME CANADA, and FOUR WEDDINGS CANADA. Proper Television's shows and formats are sold internationally by newly formed Proper Distribution.

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 10 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. 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:

Emily Alonzo, CTV, 416.384.2664 or
Carolyn Fell, CTV, 416.384.2817 or
Meghan Hardy, Proper Television, 416.598.2500 x.485 or


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