Third Season to Feature a Chopped Canada Teen Tournament
National Casting Call Now Open
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TORONTO, March 9, 2015 /CNW/ - Shaw Media announced today that it has green lit a third season of Food Network Canada's high-stakes culinary competition series, Chopped Canada. Season three promises to be filled with scrumptious surprises, including a Chopped Canada Teen Tournament. Sixteen of Canada's best teen chefs will battle it out in the professional kitchen during the five-episode teen series in hopes of winning a $20,000 grand prize. The national casting call is now open for both professional and teen chefs at www.choppedcanadacasting.ca. The submission deadline is March 30, 2015 at 12:00am ET.
Shaw Media will once again partner with Canadian production company, Paperny Entertainment, for the third season premiering in 2016, exclusively on Food Network Canada. The first season of Chopped Canada debuted to record-breaking numbers for Food Network Canada scoring and average audience for a single play of 477,500 (2+)*, making it the highest-premiere in Food Network Canada's history.
"Canada has an appetite for more Chopped Canada and we're thrilled to be working with Paperny Entertainment on a third season of this hugely successful franchise," said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. "The return of the series promises to up the ante with new additions including the teen tournament, which we know will keep viewers of all ages on the edge of their seats and hungry for more."
"We are elated with the success of the past two seasons of Chopped Canada and are excited to work with Food Network Canada on a third installment of the series," says Cal Shumiatcher, Partner, Paperny Entertainment."We have new tricks up our sleeve and we are excited for viewers to experience it all."
Each episode of Chopped Canada pits four chefs against the clock – and each other – for a chance to win $10,000. Cooking off in head-to-head challenges before a rotating panel of expert judges, the competitors put their skill and ingenuity to the test in an attempt to turn baskets of mystery ingredients into an extraordinary, three-course meal within a limited amount of time. Course by course, the judges chop the chefs from the competition until only one remains.
Episodes of Chopped Canada currently air on Saturdays at 9pm ET/PT exclusively on Food Network Canada. For competitor biographies, behind-the-scenes extras and to watch full episodes online after they've aired, please visit choppedcanada.ca.
*Numeris PPM Data 1/02/14 Ind(2+)
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About Shaw Communications
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company. Shaw serves 3.2 million consumers and businesses through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw provides consumers with broadband Internet, WiFi, Digital Phone and Video services. Shaw Business provides businesses with Internet, data, WiFi, telephony, Video and fleet tracking services, and ViaWest provides collocation, cloud and managed services. Shaw Media provides Canadians with engaging programming content through one of Canada's largest conventional television networks, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks, including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY® and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX – SJR.B, NYSE – SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.
About Paperny Entertainment, an Entertainment One Company
Paperny Entertainment is an independent, Vancouver-based production company that has garnered worldwide acclaim for its provocative, innovative, and entertaining television programming. From groundbreaking documentaries to reality television series to lifestyle programming, Paperny excels in capturing the essence of human stories. Acquired by international entertainment leader Entertainment One (eOne) in 2014, Paperny has produced more than 500 hours of provocative television including Chopped Canada, Coldwater Cowboys and Timber Kings. Based in Vancouver, Paperny has robust production operations in Vancouver, Toronto and New York.
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