From a media release:
CANWEST SCORES INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED TOP CHEF SERIES FORMAT FOR CANADA
- Partners with Insight Productions on Series Development
- Top Chef Canada will Heat Up Food Network Canada in Spring 2011
Canwest Broadcasting today confirmed an agreement with NBC Universal to produce a Canadian adaptation of the international smash hit Top Chef and has joined forces with Canadian production powerhouse, Insight Productions, on the development of the series. The inaugural season of Top Chef Canada will premiere in spring 2011 exclusively on Food Network Canada.
Top Chef is the number one food show on cable in the United States and an Emmy and James Beard Award-Winning series for Bravo in the US. Since Top Chef’s premiere on Food Network in fall 2006 it has become a landmark program on the schedule, consistently ranking in Food Network’s top 10 programs. The series has continued to gain momentum with each new season and this past fall Top Chef: Las Vegas hit it big with viewers, setting an all-time audience high for the channel among 2+ and A25-54 for a single-viewing.
Staying true to the original show format, Top Chef Canada will not only challenge the competitors’ skills in the kitchen, but also uncover if they have the customer service, management and teamwork abilities required of a top chef. The intensity builds each week as the competitors vie for their shot at stardom and avoid elimination. Top Chef Canada will have audiences tuning in to watch the drama unfold as Canadians compete to determine who will be crowned Canada’s first Top Chef.
Details on casting and production will be revealed in the weeks ahead.