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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14 thoughts on “You Gotta Eat Here! cancelled by Food Network Canada”

  1. That’s a shame. A fun show and I have seen many posters in little places across the country –
    ‘Featured on You Gotta Eat Here’. Clearly the show was connecting with fans and eateries everywhere. Congrats to John and the team for a solid run of 5 years. Since this is Canada, that’s like a 20 year run in another country.

  2. I’m really upset to hear this. On the other hand, there are only so many places you can go to before you run out of material. This is Canada after all.

  3. The cancellation of YGEH sucks! Loved John Catucci and used the show’s recommendations during our retirement travels. We will miss it for sure.

  4. What a ridiculously short-sighted programming decision. And to make matters worse, we are going to have to endure yet another Bobby Flay series along with the too-too-over-exposed Giada DeLaurentiis and, of course, the insufferable Guy Fieri. Catucci’s series has not “reached its natural end”. How do you guage how popular a show is? Most of us watch You Gotta Eat Here re-runs 4 or 5 times. Reconsider this cancellation or give John another vehicle. Don’t lose him. He’s a gem.

  5. Sour taste left on the palette with this news. YGEH is a great food/travel show that has no equal. Guy Fieri is impossible personality to identify with, Bobby Flay is a bore, Giada has had more than enough time. I hope this only means the Food Network and John have something else cooking. John Catucci did wonders introducing me (and all of Canada) to great food in my own town I didn’t know was there.

    This is a foul meal to digest.

  6. Now this is sad news. What the heck does “came to its natural end” mean? Sounds like a bit of bureaucratic nonsense. The show had such a great Canadian vibe, John Catucci is so relatable and showed so many eating establishments across this great country. Hard to believe we ran out of places. Wonder what the real reason is – and likely money is attached!

  7. I am sorry to hear you are cancelling “You Gotta Eat Here”. I really enjoyed the show and loved John’s take on the different restaurants. We have visited Von Donuts in Scarborough, Revolution Burger in Belleville, Oympus Burger in Port Hope and enjoyed every bite. John Catucci always made you want to eat there. Sad sad sad.

  8. The Catooch was such an engaging host and has a wonderful sense of humor. We took family outings to many of the places YGEH visited and have had at least 25 great adventures in food across the country. Stupid stupid decision

  9. It was a horrible decision! John was an amazing host. I made a point of going to restaurants that he recommended. It was great for the Canadian economy. I am sure many viewers did the same thing So now what, we have to watch diners drive-ins and dives ?? Seriously Corus, what a pathetic mistake!

  10. Seriously big mistake cancelling this show. I truly looked forward to John and his funny smile. The show took us to great restaurants people wouldn’t know about without John. What a great way to boost the Canadian economy by letting everyone know about all the great places Canada has to offer the food scene
    Poor choice to let the show go

  11. What are thinking Corus…cancelling You Gotta Eat Here, Timber Kings and Income Property. These are your bread and butter, so to speak. Trying to find decent Canadian content is hard as is. You will lose a committed fan by doing this. So very upset.

  12. What a shame!!!! The best food show around. So many professional, high tense cooking shows available that are hard to watch. It sounds like you might lose a great number of Food Television customers. Rethink.

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