The Most Extreme Season of Food Network Canada's #1 Series Premieres March 10 at 9pm ET/10pm PT
Winner Takes Home $100,000 Grand Prize Sponsored by SpongeTowels®, $30,000 GE Monogram Kitchen, and $25,000 Caesarstone Quartz Installation
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TORONTO, Feb. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Top Chef Canada is back with its most extreme season ever. Food Network Canada and Insight Production Company Ltd. deliver the drama, bringing together 14 new competitors - seven men and seven women - for a heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping, culinary battle of the sexes in (and out) of the kitchen. The new season of Food Network's #1 hit series* premieres Monday, March 10 at 9pm ET/10pm PT, exclusively on Food Network Canada.
Top Chef Canada season four showcases the talents of the Nation's best chefs and, for the first time ever, an even number of men and women will face off in a series of gruelling challenges that will test them mentally, physically, and emotionally. In the end only one chef will take home 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. At the helm of the judges' table again this season are internationally acclaimed actress and series host Lisa Ray, critically acclaimed chef, restaurateur and head judge Mark McEwan, and no-nonsense L.A. restaurateur and resident judge Shereen Arazm.
"Top Chef Canada has dominated as the network's top series since its debut and in the upcoming season we're taking the competition to the next level, delivering more high-octane challenges to push these chefs to the limit both mentally and physically," said Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media.
Following a Nation-wide search, 14 of Canada's top culinary elite have been selected to compete in this season of Top Chef Canada. The competitors vying the title of Canada's Top Chef are:
- Dawn Doucette, 41, Vancouver, BC
- Lauren Marshall, 27, Halifax, NS (Originally Mount Uniacke, NS)
- Karine Moulin, 36, Calgary, AB (Originally Quebec City, QC)
- Gabriela Neda, 26, Calgary, AB (Originally Caracas, Venezuela)
- Shelley Robinson, 49, Vancouver, BC
- Evelynn Takoff, 28, Kelowna, BC
- Ruth Wigman, 31, St. John's, NL (Originally Nanaimo, BC)
- Vittorio Colacitti, 32, Toronto, ON
- Rich Francis, 36, Six Nations, ON (Originally Fort McPherson, NT)
- Pierre Lamielle, 34, Calgary, AB (Originally North Vancouver, BC)
- Michael Robbins, 29, Vancouver, BC
- René Rodriguez, 41, Ottawa, ON
- Terry Salmond, 30, Kitchener, ON (Originally Scarborough, ON)
- Jesse Vergen, 35, Quispamsis, NB (Originally Saint John, NB)
"Season four is our most extreme season yet!" said John Brunton, Executive Producer, Insight Production Company Ltd. "The kitchen heats up as our dynamic and elite chefs are put through culinary paces and challenges like never before. We can't wait for Canada to see what we've cooked up."
The new season of Top Chef Canada features an all-star panel of guest judges and tasters including Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson; Chopped Canada host Dean McDermott and wife Tori Spelling; Chopped Canada judges Chuck Hughes, Lynn Crawford, Roger Mooking and Susur Lee; Chef David Chang of Momofuku fame; Zane Caplansky (Donut Showdown); Food Network host Bob Blumer World's Weirdest Restaurants; Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes); and Top Chef Canada season 3 winner and runner up Matthew Stowe and Danny Smiles.
Top Chef Canada season four premieres March 10 at 9pm ET/10pm PT exclusively on Food Network Canada. To watch full episodes online after they've aired, visit topchefcanada.ca.
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Insight Production Company Ltd, headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby 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 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. Broadcast Magazine International claims that "when it comes to adapting formats for Canadian audiences there is one producer who appears to have the Midas touch." Along with Top Chef Canada, recent hits include Big Brother Canada, The Amazing Race Canada, Never Ever Do This At Home, Intervention Canada and The JUNO Awards, which plays a key role in the Canadian music industry; Insight's original formats include Canada Sings & Battle of the Blades. For more information visit www.insighttv.com.
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