From a media release:
Shaw MediaÂ andÂ Paperny EntertainmentÂ announced today thatÂ Brad SmithÂ (The Bachelor Canada)Â will host the new season ofÂ Food Network Canadaâ€™s high-stakes culinary competition series,Â Chopped Canada. Brad Smith takes the helm as host for the third season of the wildly popular series, with production underway on 31 episodes jammed with new twists and supreme specials, including aÂ Chopped Canada Teen Tournament, a food truck showdown, and the return of past season favourites aiming to redeem themselves in the kitchen arena. The third season ofÂ Chopped CanadaÂ will join the Food Network schedule later this year.
A seasoned CFL veteran, Smith made his move to television as the Bachelor for the opening season ofÂ The Bachelor CanadaÂ in 2012. After the show, Smith became an entertainment reporter, interviewing celebrities and keeping his finger on the fast pulse of Hollywood for viewers. Smith brings a loyal fan base toÂ Chopped CanadaÂ with his larger-than-life personality, infectious smile, and a personal penchant for food.
Joining the judgesâ€™ table for season three is celebrity chef, author, and television personality Mark McEwan. Long considered one of Canadaâ€™s most respected chefs and restaurateurs, McEwan is no stranger to competitive culinary television, having been the Head Judge on Food Networkâ€™sÂ Top Chef CanadaÂ for four seasons. He and returningÂ Chopped CanadaÂ judges Lynn Crawford, John Higgins, Antonio Park, Anne Yarymowich, Eden Grinshpan, Massimo Capra, Michael Smith, Susur Lee, and Roger Mooking will judge 120 competitors from every corner of Canada.
Each episode ofÂ Chopped CanadaÂ pits four chefs against the clock â€“ and each other â€“ for a chance to win $10,000. Cooking off inÂ 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.
Chopped CanadaÂ Season 3 will launch later this year.