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Comments and queries for the week of June 9

I’m not happy [Chopped Canada] got cancelled. I watched it all the time and I’m ashamed, as a Canadian, that they cancelled something that was important to others! I loved the show and Food Network Canada is a huge disappointment now!! —Terri

I love [Anne]. I just get entranced while watching. The gentleman that plays the father figure is so sweet and genuine it just makes me cry. So much is so true that I see in my students. Kids will be kids no matter what ages. Please let there be a Season 2; I would love for it to continue. It is so hard to find a good show anymore that doesn’t deal with crime and sex. Please post when Season 2 will start. —Grace

Congratulations Trevor. Truly deserved to win. I think the [MasterChef Canada] final should have been between Trevor and Barrie. When Thea brought out the tears in order to stay in the competition I thought that was a ploy. It had worked for Miranda one week, so I think she decided to give it a shot as well and it worked for her too! Even Mai tried using the tears but it didn’t save her. I was thoroughly disgusted with Miranda and the other guy (can’t remember his name) who saved themselves when they both knew they were responsible for their team’s failure. They were in charge and the captain goes down with the ship regardless. And then Michael offers him a job in his new restaurant? What about Barrie or Thea? They were more worthy of a job offering! —Debra

Wow, I actually agreed with the judges’ decision this year! You mean it’s not fixed?!? Trevor was the stronger home cook between the two finalists. Cool technique on his crème fraiche in his dessert; it looked like an artist setting up an abstract painting. Loved his honest but polite comments (digs) about Barrie in last week’s show about who supported who when on the same team. Barrie is such a gentle (the bear) man, but it is a competition. Anyone else think that Thea and Britney Spears could be sisters? Loved how her confidence came out after being called out by the judges to start acting like she deserved to be standing in the Top 10. Great job by both finalists! —Tunie

I am so very glad that Trevor won the MasterChef title. I think he deserved the title more than anyone else. He has good cooking and plating skills and he listened to the advice given by the judges. More importantly, he was humble and warm throughout the whole process. Congratulations, Trevor! Frankly, I really like watching MasterChef Canada. The judges are simply awesome. They not only advise the contestants but also give them the moral support they needed especially when some of these contestants encounter a problem or two during the culinary battle. I would say that the three judges Chef Michael, Chef Alvin and Chef Claudio are great mentors apart from being great chefs themselves. They truly exude warmth and humility. Three cheers to the three awesome MasterChef judges and three cheers to the contestants too. —Siew


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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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New competitors bring the heat to Chopped Canada this fall

From a media release:

Twenty-eight chefs from across Canada prepare to compete for the coveted title of Chopped Canada champion in seven new episodes of Food Network Canada’s #1 original series. * In each episode, beginning Saturday, September 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, four skilled chefs put their culinary expertise to the test in a battle against the clock and their fellow competitors as they create three gourmet dishes from daunting mystery basket ingredients.

The chefs featured will cook before a rotating panel of expert judges including Massimo Capra, Lynn Crawford, Eden Grinshpan, John Higgins, Susur Lee, Mark McEwan, Roger Mooking, Antonio Park, Michael Smith and Anne Yarymowich. Course by course, the judges critique each meal and chop the chefs from the competition until only one remains to win the $10,000 cash prize.

Episodes of Chopped Canada currently air Saturdays at 9pm ET/PT exclusively on Food Network Canada.


Shaw Media greenlights Season 4 of Chopped Canada

From a media release:

Shaw Media has green lit a super special fourth season of Food Network Canada’s hit series Chopped Canada. A country-wide casting call for the high-stakes culinary competition series is underway, searching for amateur chefs to compete in the prestigious Chopped Canada kitchen. Produced by Paperny Entertainment, in association with Shaw Media, Chopped Canada Season 4 includes six Juniors episodes (ages 9-13), five Teens episodes (ages 14-17), and four themed specials featuring grandmothers, firefighters, celebrities, and Chopped Canada judges. Broadcast details for the new season will be announced at a later date.

Chopped Canada is looking for grandmothers who rule their families’ kitchens, firefighters with a fiery passion for cooking, and young chefs between the ages of 9 and 17 who cook like pros. The series will be filmed in Toronto this Spring and all Canadians or permanent residents are welcome to apply. Online applications for Chopped Canada can be filled out by visiting choppedcanadacasting.ca. Deadline for applications is April 11, 2016.

Chopped Canada Season 4 sees Brad Smith return as host alongside the series’ esteemed panel of rotating judges – Mark McEwan (Top Chef Canada), Lynn Crawford (The Great Canadian Cookbook), Michael Smith (Chef Michael’s Kitchen), Susur Lee (Top Chef Masters), Roger Mooking (Man Fire Food), John Higgins (George Brown College), Anne Yarymowich (George Brown College), Antonio Park (Park Restaurant in Montreal), Massimo Capra (Restaurant Makeover), and Eden Grinshpan (Eden Eats).

Winners of the celebrity and Chopped Canada judges specials will each receive $10,000 to donate to the charity of their choice. Winners from each of the themed and teens episodes will each be awarded $10,000, and the winners of junior episodes will each receive $5,000. Celebrities and Chopped Canadajudges competing in the new season will be announced at a later date.

In each episode of Chopped Canada, four chefs compete before an all-star rotating panel of three expert judges. Armed with skill and ingenuity, the chef competitors race against the clock to turn the mystery ingredients from their iconic baskets into an extraordinary three-course meal. Course-by-course, the judges decide which competitor host Brad Smith will “chop” from the competition until only the winner remains.


marblemedia gets cooking with chef Chuck Hughes

From a media release:

Awarding-winning content creator marblemedia and multi-talented celebrity chef Chuck Hughes (Chuck’s Eat the Street, Chef vs. Challenge) have partnered to develop a new prime time unscripted series ahead of Realscreen Summit.

In this new show Hughes goes back to basics to become an apprentice to the world’s best chefs. In each episode Hughes takes viewers on an intriguing journey into the mind of one master chef, revealing the unbelievable secrets of their extraordinary cooking style.

Star of Food Network Canada’s Chuck’s Day Off and Chuck’s Week Off, Hughes passion for entertaining translates into unforgettable food and captivating television. He is the youngest Canadian chef to win Iron Chef America, was a celebrity chef on The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs, an expert judge on Chopped Canada and has shows on the Cooking Channel (U.S.). Hughes is co-owner and executive chef of Montreal hot-spots, Garde Manger and Le Bremner, and has best-selling books (Garde Manger, Chuck’s Day Off). He is represented internationally by All Access Productions.