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Top Chef Canada premieres March 12

From a media release:


  • New Competitors and Guest Judges Revealed for Food Network’s #1 Show
  • New Season Premieres March 12, 2012 at 10pm ET/PT

Together with Insight Production Company Ltd., Food Network Canada is bringing its top rated series back for a second season with bigger, more intense challenges and surprise twists that take 16 new chefs out of their comfort zones and into the country’s fiercest food fight. The new season of Top Chef Canada will premiere March 12, 2012 at 10pm ET/PT exclusively on Food Network Canada.

Top Chef Canada will challenge 16 competitors’ culinary skills to see who can cut it as Canada’s Top Chef, taking home the grand prize of $100,000 sponsored by SpongeTowels® paper towels and a GE Monogram kitchen worth $30,000. Hosted by celebrated actress and self-confessed foodie Lisa Ray, the competition is judged by Head Judge, Chef and restaurateur, Mark McEwan, as well as Resident Judge and LA restaurateur, Shereen Arazm.

Season two of Top Chef Canada ups the stakes in this competition, delivering addictive drama that will inspire viewers to cheer on their favourite competitors each week. The 16 chosen competitors hail from far and wide across Canada with unique culinary backgrounds and expertise.

  • Joel Aubie, 27, Tofino, BC (Originally Bathurst, NB)
  •  Trevor Bird, 28, Vancouver, BC (Originally Montreal, QC)
  • David Chrystian, 37, Toronto, ON (Originally Toronto, ON)
  • Gabriell Cruz, 25, Dundas, ON (Originally Hamilton, ON)
  • Ryan Gallagher, 33, Toronto, ON (Originally Toronto, ON)
  • Kunal Ghose, 39, Victoria, BC (Originally Victoria, BC)
  • Carl Heinrich, 26, Toronto, ON (Originally Sooke, BC)
  • Jonathan Korecki, 27, Ottawa, ON (Originally Caledon, ON)
  • Xavier Lacaze, 30, Calgary, AB (Originally Auch, France)
  • Curtis Luk, 28, Ottawa, ON (Originally Markham, ON)
  • Sergio Mattoscio, 30, Montreal, QC (Originally Montreal, QC)
  • Elizabeth Rivasplata, 31, Toronto, ON (Originally Lima, Peru)
  • Trista Sheen, 29, Toronto, ON (Originally Toronto, ON)
  • Jimmy Stewart, 23, Whistler, BC (Originally North Vancouver, BC)
  • William Thompson, 30, Caledonia, ON (Originally Caledonia, ON)
  • Sarah Tsai, 30, Toronto, ON (Originally Taipei, Taiwan)

A taste of some of the esteemed guest judges this season includes: Chef Marcus Samuelson (Top Chef Masters winner), Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes, Canada’s Handyman Challenge); Toronto Maple Leaf forward Colby Armstrong; actor Alan Thicke; Spencer “Spenny” Rice (Kenny vs. Spenny); and country music star Johnny Reid.


New tonight: King, The Fifth Estate and Marketplace

King, Global – “Farah Elliot”
Jess King is aghast when she discovers her nemesis, Seymour Keegan, a vicious serial predator, is targeting a new victim. When another girl goes missing, Jess resorts to questionable tactics to find the missing girl and bring Seymour to justice.

The Fifth Estate, CBC – “The Wreck of the Costa Concordia”
She was a floating ocean palace captained by a star of the fleet and outfitted with state-of-the-art safety equipment and advanced technology. Eyewitnesses and experts reveal the truth, the horror and the real life drama of the wrecking of the Costa Concordia.

Marketplace, CBC – “Lousy Labels: Health Hype”
In this year’s Top 10 Countdown of Lousy Labels, Erica Johnson finds the truth behind the latest “health-washing” buzzwords on food packaging, and asks the food companies to explain the spin. It will make you think twice before filling up your shopping cart.


Canada’s Greatest Know-It-All creator Brad Brough

From Jaob Goguen of Cadence:

  • Cadence Chats with Canada’s Greatest Know-It-All Creator Brad Brough
    Having gained such a considerable amount of documentary/competition reality-TV production experience, his credits include such franchise shows as Canada’s Next Top Model, it was only a matter of time before Brad Brough – whom Cadence recently had the chance to speak with – took a step further and created something like Canada’s Greatest Know-It-All, a concept all his own. Read more.

New tonight: The Firm, Museum Secrets and Caution: May Contain Nuts

The Firm, Global – “Chapter Six – False Promises”
Victor Garber (Alias) Guest Stars. Mitch is blindsided when a judge’s offer of leniency for his client appears to have ulterior motives behind it. Claire tries to convince her parents that she needs a cell phone, but when her parents disagree, Claire devises a new plan that scares Abby to the core. Meanwhile, Tammy and Ray continue piecing together what little clues they have on the Sarah Holt case.

Museum Secrets, History Television – “The Imperial War Museum, London, UK”
The Imperial War Museum tells the story of Britain at war, from World War One to the present, through a collection of 10 million items – from guns to planes to medals to cyanide pills – at five locations in England visited by over 2 million people every year. Museum Secrets descends into Churchill’s top-secret underground bunker to discover why he was an irreplaceable leader.

CAUTION: May Contain Nuts, APTN – “Samurai Space Rage”
CAUTION: May Contain Nuts continues to bring the funny to TV every Thursday, and tonight your bones will be extra tickled. In this episode we see Detective Mistakechuck inadvertently kidnap a group of kids and Jack Potts and the Bees Knees Arthurs show us how crazy our relatives were in the roaring 20’s . The Master and Samurai reflect on the Kill Bill’esque tale of “Ginja Ninja” featuring Franne of Green Stables. Oh and did we mention there’s a naked Cowboy? Catch new episodes on APTN and all our classics on BITE.