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Food Network Canada’s The Baker Sisters discover fabulous desserts

Dessert first. It’s been the motto of sisters Rachel Smith and Jean Parker their whole lives. And it’s the mantra of The Baker Sisters—debuting Friday at 10 and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Canada—starring Smith and Parker as they traverse North America, visiting bakeries and chowing down on all things sweet, gooey and icing-laden. As a public service announcement, it should be noted that you will hunt down anything sugary to consume after watching an episode of The Baker Sisters.

“We tell people that, if you don’t have some baked goods in the house, you will wind up drinking the maple syrup,” Smith says. She’s not kidding. Among the confections the pair samples in Friday’s first instalment are Peanut Butter Shorties in Vancouver’s Purebread bakery, massive wedges of buttery shortbread accented with peanut butter, chocolate and crushed peanuts.

The show’s producers, Alibi Entertainment Inc., were on the lookout for a dynamic pair with baking knowledge to host a new project. The Southern Ontario siblings grew up in their mother’s tart shop helping to stuff tins before opening their own company, Maple Key Tart Co., giving them a leg up on the competition when it came to casting.

“We went in for casting, and we just had fun,” Parker says. “I think that’s the magic recipe to the show. We’re sisters and we love each other.” Now, 13 episodes later, viewers get to see what the pair experienced. Each half-hour follows the pair to a trio of bakeries around the continent, meeting employees and getting their hands dirty creating magnificent morsels that go beyond the usual chocolate chip cookie or apple pie. Key ingredients like flour, butter and sugar stay the same but what these bakers do with them is outrageous.

Amid all the treats Smith and Parker sample are butter tarts. The Canadian staple has become a business for the sisters via Maple Key Tart Co., so they’re experts on the pastry. What were their thoughts on the competition?

“It was a totally different tart,” Parker recalls. “Our tart is a less sweet tart with a firmer filling. The one I tried was super-sweet because she used corn syrup and it was crazy runny. Her pastry was more of a butter shortbread. Our tarts truly are like night and day. Hers was delicious. That’s why there are trails dedicated to butter tarts because they can be so different.”

What goes into butter tarts is the topic of hot debate too. Do you go plain (my personal favourite), or are raisins or nuts included?

“I love a good raisin,” Smith says with a laugh. “But people do not like to be surprised with the raisin.”

“I think there is a time and a place for raisins,” Parker says diplomatically. “I’m classic. I like the plain and I think those are the ones you take to a party. People are so passionate about whether raisins or even nuts should be in them.”

The Baker Sisters airs Fridays at 10 and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Canada.

Image courtesy of Corus.

 

 

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Food Network Canada’s Original Series The Baker Sisters Premieres October 20

From a media release:

Food Network Canada’s new dynamic duo, The Baker Sisters (13x30min), have a serious craving for sweet treats and are on a mouth-watering mission to find them. The new Canadian original series celebrates the most scrumptious baked treats North America has to offer. Hosted by self-taught bakers and real-life sisters, Rachel Smith and Jean Parker, The Baker Sisters takes viewers on a guilt-free road trip to see how tasty, tantalizing treats are made. The Corus Studio-created original series premieres Friday, October 20 with back-to-back episodes at 10 and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Canada.

Food Network Canada’s new personalities Rachel Smith and Jean Parker are sisters, moms, entrepreneurs, and of course, bakers. Born in Windsor and raised in Trenton, ON, baking, and specifically making butter tarts with their mother, has always been an important part of their lives. Recently, their family inspired them to start their own butter tart business, Maple Key Tart Co. Now, these two sisters are taking their baking skills on the road for a pastry-filled adventure in search of gooey goodies, meeting the people who make them, and picking up tips and tricks along the way.

In each episode of The Baker Sisters, Rachel and Jean visit three locations to sample treats for which the bakery, restaurant or deli is known. The sisters take turns in the kitchen with the expert baker to see exactly how their tempting confections are made. From great Canadian classics such as Nanaimo bars and butter tarts to intriguing creations including Lemon Lavender Cake, Peach Cobbler Cupcakes and Wild Berry Fritters, these sisters discover it all. Throughout their journey, the sisters make stops in Calgary and Edmonton, Alta., Toronto, ON, Victoria and Vancouver, B.C., Halifax, N.S., and stops south of the border in Atlanta, Ga., Charleston, S.C., and Phoenix, Ariz. to name a few. Together, they find out who makes North America’s most blissful treats and discover how they are made.

In the back-to-back premiere episodes “I Dream of Doughnut” and “The Chosen Bun,” the sisters head west to Purebread in Vancouver, where they learn to create Peanut Butter Shorties and visit Crave Bakery in Calgary to try their hand at a Chocolate Caramel Bar. Next, they head south to Atlanta to sample an Orange Star Doughnut at Sublime Doughnuts and visit Proof Bakery to taste test their Peach Buckle. The sisters make a final stop in Toronto for a nostalgic éclair at Nugateau and some classic cinnamon buns at Rosen’s.

FoodNetwork.ca serves a double helping of dessert with exclusive segments featuring the sisters as they sample even more tempting treats. Additionally, viewers can access exclusive recipes from the series and watch new episodes each week after broadcast.

The Baker Sisters is produced by Alibi Entertainment Inc. in association with Corus Studios for Food Network Canada.

 

 

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Canada’s culinary elite wanted: Top Chef Canada auditions are open

From a media release:

Canada’s most prestigious and high-stakes culinary competition is back for another season! The nation-wide search for the best chefs to compete in the sixth season of Top Chef Canada begins today.

Information on how to apply to be on Top Chef Canada is now available at TopChefCanadaCasting.ca.

In order to be considered, interested applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and be at least 19 years of age as of June 1, 2017. For complete details and to apply online, access the casting site here. Casting opens today, June 26, and closes on August 18, 2017 at 6 p.m. ET.

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You Gotta Eat Here! cancelled by Food Network Canada

The food-tasting food trip is over. You Gotta Eat Here!, hosted by John Catucci, has been cancelled by Food Network Canada after five seasons on the air.

“We are extremely proud of the volumes of strong Canadian original content we have delivered to audiences over the years,” Lisa Godfrey, vice-president of original content for Corus Entertainment, said in a statement. “After resonating with legions of fans, You Gotta Eat Here! has reached its natural end and has not been renewed for another season. The success this series had is a true testament to our exceptionally talented production partners, Lone Eagle Entertainment, and Corus applauds the cast, creators, producers, and writers for their dedication to this Canadian original. We remain firmly committed to developing standout original Canadian content and look forward to sharing more information about upcoming renewals and new series soon.”


Related: Listen to Anthony Marco interview John Catucci


Produced by Lone Eagle Entertainment, You Gotta Eat Here! featured comedian Catucci as he travelled across Canada—and to the odd city outside of this country—tasting food, getting his hands dirty making it and spotlighting the big and small-scale restaurants, eateries and watering holes folks should be trying out. Catucci, who never purported to be a chef (but has been churning out what looks like pretty delicious-looking high-end stuff on his Instagram page), was an inquisitive, funny and enjoyable host who clearly loved his job. It clearly resonated with fans and critics: the series debuted in 2012 and won Canadian Screen Awards for Best Lifestyle or Talk Program or Series in 2014 and 2017.

You Gotta Eat Here! is the latest series to be cancelled by Corus leading into the 2017-18 broadcast season. It joins HGTV Canada’s Timber Kings, Leave It to Bryan and Income Property as projects not moving forward with new episodes.

Repeats of You Gotta Eat Here! continue to be broadcast on Food Network Canada. How do you feel about the show being cancelled? Let me know in the comments section below.

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Chopped Canada cancelled by Food Network Canada

Chopped Canada has been chopped. After four seasons, a first-ever teen tournament and handful of specials, Food Network Canada’s spinoff of the Chopped franchise is no more.

“After four extraordinary seasons, Chopped Canada has been cancelled,” the show’s producers, EOne, announced via Facebook on Wednesday night. “To all of our competitors and the culinary community across Canada, THANK YOU for supporting us through 96 episodes of nail-biting culinary competition.

“We loved sharing your stories, helping you realize your dreams, and most of all we loved watching you cook!” the post continued. “To our viewers, THANKS for watching, sharing, and caring each and every week. Your loyalty and passion for the show was heartfelt. We had a great run and as the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Keep on cookin’ Canada! Love + Respect from the Chopped Canada Team!”

Launched in 2014 with Dean McDermott as its host, Chopped Canada featured four homegrown chefs opening baskets of mystery items they had to use while making appetizers, mains and desserts. After being judged by celebrity chefs, the competitors were pared down until one winner per episode was named and given $10,000. McDermott left Chopped Canada after two seasons and was replaced by Brad Smith. The program boasted a whos-who of culinary experts as judges, including Susur Lee, Michael Smith, Massimo Capra, Lynn Crawford, Eden Grinshpan, Mark McEwan, Anne Yarymowich, Vikram Vij, Antonio Park, Roger Mooking, Chuck Hughes and John Higgins.

A teen tournament and specials pitting junior cooks, grandmothers, firefighters and the program’s own judges against one another were the focus of recent specials.

Chopped Canada received a 2015 Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Picture Editing in a Reality/Competition Program or Series.

Are you upset that Chopped Canada has been cancelled? Let me know in the comments below.

Related: Which Canadian TV shows have been renewed or cancelled for the 2017-18 broadcast season?

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