Gusto Spices Things Up With New Original Series THE LATIN KITCHEN, Premiering July 6

– ­ Chefs Juan Pablo González, Luiz "Tigretón" Leon, and Luis Valenzuela bring fresh takes to traditional Latin recipes in Gusto's brand-new original series –
– Also debuting this July: THE FEARLESS CHEF, UPROOTED, RICK STEIN'S LONG WEEKEND, and MEAT VS. VEG, and MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA Season 7 –

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TORONTO, June 29, 2017 /CNW/ - Gusto turns up the heat in July with a new lineup of creative cooking adventures, including Gusto's brand-new original Canadian series THE LATIN KITCHEN, exploring the culinary favourites of three chefs from Mexico, Spain, and Venezuela. From Gusto Worldwide Media, the new 15-episode, 30-minute cooking-series airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET beginning July 6, exclusively on Gusto.

Fun and fast-paced, each episode of THE LATIN KITCHEN follows one of three chefs as they use an individual ingredient or regional flavour to create four mouth-watering recipes. Juan Pablo González, a Venezuelan artist and musician turned cook, combines his artistic creativity with his passion for food. Spanish chef Luis "Tigretón" Leon brings authentic recipes straight from Barcelona and Madrid, and chef Luis Valenzuela shares Mexican dishes that have been passed down through generations. The chefs introduce simple techniques and exotic ingredients that are sure to fire up viewers' palettes and spice up every meal. For information on Gusto's series, chefs, recipes, how-to videos, and more, visit gustotv.com

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THE LATIN KITCHEN's culinary trio join Gusto's lineup of new summer offerings including four new series.

First up, with a global gastronomy tour, is THE FEARLESS CHEF (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET, beginning July 5). In a world where food is more processed and convenient, chef Kiran Jethwa's mission is to discover fascinating natural ingredients and extreme methods of harvesting around the world. His journey takes him from Africa to Latin America, and across Asia, where he meets with extraordinary people and turns their hard earned harvest into mouth-watering meals. Travelling around the globe, Jethwa creates amazing, delicious, locally inspired dishes, fueled by the mentality that the tougher the challenge, the better the taste will be.

Also making its debut this month on Gusto is UPROOTED (Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET, beginning July 6), which follows the adventures of North American mom and food lover, Sarah Sharratt as she navigates her way through her new life in rural France. Each episode captures the fun and challenges, from the language barriers and hard to-source ingredients to strange local customs involved in making a special meal prepared in the kitchen of Sharratt's stunning 12th century chateau.

Popular British chef Rick Stein also joins Gusto this month with RICK STEIN'S LONG WEEKENDS (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET, beginning July 18). Looking to inspire viewers to try new places and avoid the usual tourist traps, Stein sets his sights on his weekend getaway destinations of Bordeaux, Berlin, Reykjavik, Bologna, and Vienna, and steps in as the ideal food guide. From fabulous local markets and great restaurants to wineries, cafes, and bars, Stein showcases food excellence and brilliant recipes that people will love to cook at home. Returning to his own kitchen in Padstow, England, Stein chooses three classic dishes from each location and shows us how to cook them.

Premiering in late July, Gusto serves up MEAT VS. VEG (Mondays at 9:30 p.m. ET, beginning July 24), an upbeat food challenge series, where two chefs go head-to-head in a challenge of carnivore vs. vegetarian. Food adventurer and vegetarian Lee Watson tempts the toughest of palettes over to the 'green' side, while his opposition is meat guzzling, game shooting chef Mike Robinson. The heat is on.

Finally, home cook face-off competition series MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA (Mondays at 10 p.m. ET, beginning July 3) is back for Season 7. Top Australian Chefs Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris, and Matt Preston return to judge 50 of Australia's best home cooks as they battle it out through pressure tests and elimination challenges to be the last one standing in the MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA kitchen. 

For interviews with THE LATIN KITCHEN chefs please contact Adam Slinn at adam.slinn@bellmedia.ca. For Gusto's complete July programming schedule, click here.

THE LATIN KITCHEN is created by Chris Knight, President and CEO, Gusto Worldwide Media. Bell Media Production Executive is Robin Johnston. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.

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About Bell Media Original Programming
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, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space's internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK as well as KILLJOYS, WYNONNA EARP, and DARK MATTER; Bravo's award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery's first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy's satirical news series THE BEAVERTON, CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and A IS FOR APPLE. Discovery is also home to Bell Media's hit factual franchise 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 Gusto
Gusto, Bell Media's first food and lifestyle channel, features a delicious mix of creative cooking and food programming paired with exciting home renovation, travel, and lifestyle shows. Gusto features a menu of original Canadian series and specials produced in 4K including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH, as well as acquired series from stars such as Jamie Oliver and Martha Stewart. Gusto is distributed to more than five million households across Canada and is also available online at www.gustotv.com and on-demand via participating television service providers. Gusto is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company.

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For further information: Adam Slinn, Music & Lifestyle, Bell Media, 416.384.2139 or adam.slinn@bellmedia.ca; Amanda Rinaldo, Music & Lifestyle, Bell Media, 416.384.5325 or amanda.rinaldo@bellmedia.ca

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