Celebrity Chefs Massimo Capra, Antonio Park and Eden Grinshpan Join Panel of Judges
Viewers' Choice Mystery Ingredients Take Spotlight in Special Episode On February 7
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TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - The mystery baskets are restocked, the knives are sharpened and the chopping block is ready for the savoury second season premiere of Chopped Canada on January 10 at 9pm ET/PT. After a record-breaking series premiere with the highest audience in the network's history*, season two returns to Food Network Canada with 13 mouth-watering episodes. Culinary experts Eden Grinshpan (Eden Eats), Toronto's Massimo Capra (Restaurant Takeover), and Montreal's Antonio Park (PARK Restaurant) join the rotating panel of all-star judges. Celebrity chefs Susur Lee, Lynn Crawford, Michael Smith, Roger Mooking, John Higgins and Anne Yarymowich return to the judging panel while Dean McDermott reprises his role as host.
Chopped Canada's sophomore season features a hearty new batch of Canadian competitors representing British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. The competitors have to be quick on their feet—and even quicker with their hands—if they want to plate a dish using the mystery ingredients to impress the all-star judging panel. Each episode begins with four ambitious chefs. Course-by-course, one competitor is chopped from the competition until only one remains and walks away with $10,000 and the title of Chopped Canada champion. For a full list of chefs competing in the first 13 episodes, including biographical information, please visit choppedcanada.ca. The second half of the season returns in fall 2015 with more of Canada's culinary talent taking on the Chopped Canada kitchen.
"After a massively successful first season, we can't wait to bring Canadians a heart-racing, adrenaline-pumping second helping of Chopped Canada," said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. "Boasting the most impressive lineup of all-star culinary experts Food Network Canada has ever seen, season two delivers nail-biting reviews, agonizing eliminations, and glorious victories that will have viewers at the edge of their seats."
New this season are special themed episodes peppered throughout the schedule, including the viewers' choice episode airing February 7 at 9pm ET/PT. Fans were invited to weigh in with their ideas through the Chopped Canada Twitter and Facebook pages. Viewers showed no mercy suggesting ingredient combinations that are more difficult than ever. From the Canadian staple ketchup chips to the outright daring prairie oysters, the four competing chefs will have to be on their A-game to survive.
This season's competitors will face-off in the Chopped Canada kitchen outfitted by KitchenAid®, the official appliance sponsor of Chopped Canada. For behind-the-scenes extras, episode recaps and to watch full episodes online after they've aired, visit choppedcanada.ca.
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