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Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip set to debut on Food Network Canada

From a media release:

Food Network Canada is ready to take Canadians on the most epic Canadian culinary adventure with Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip premiering Friday, March 3 at9 p.m. ET/PT. The original six-part series sees chefs and best buddies Chuck Hughes (Chuck’s Day Off) and Danny Smiles (Top Chef Canada Season 3) hit the open road in their fully loaded RV, visiting Canada’s most spectacular regions and three National Parks. In each location, the duo source the finest regional ingredients and cook up unforgettable one-of-a-kind campground feasts for celebrated local chefs, farmers and artisans. Their cross-country RV adventure celebrates Canada’s natural beauty and delicious homegrown ingredients, honouring Canadian cuisine and local food producers as Canada gears up for its 150th birthday.

For years, the Montreal-based duo have been a team creating exquisite dining experiences for guests at Hughes’ critically acclaimed restaurant Le Bremner. Digging into their locally sourced sensibilities, Chuck and Danny seek out the freshest and wildest array of flavours from dedicated food producers, artisans and local chefs as they crisscross Canada and experience the RV lifestyle. From bagging seaweed in wet suits to digging for quahogs, harvesting wild rice in a canoe or foraging for juniper on ATV’s, they go to any lengths to get the best local ingredients.

Chuck and Danny’s journey spans Vancouver Island, British Columbia to Prince Edward Island National Park, PEI. With a passionate appreciation for local food, Chuck and Danny’s Road Trip takes an inspired approach to camp style cuisine, served up with the enthusiasm only true adventure-loving chefs can deliver.

Locations and local chefs featured include:

  • Episode 1 takes place in Prince Edward and Hastings Counties, Ontario and features Justin Cournoyer, owner/chef of Actinolite.
  • Episode 2 takes place on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and features chef Dan Hudson.
  • Episode 3 takes place on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia and features Brooke Winters, owner/chef at Bnurtured Trailer.
  • Episode 4 takes place in Rouge National Urban Park, Ontario and features Elia Herrera, executive chef at Los Colibris.
  • Episode 5 takes place in Fundy National Park, New Brunswick and features Pierre A Richard, chef at Little Louis Oyster Bar.
  • Episode 6 takes place in Prince Edward Island National Park, PEI and features Ross Munro, owner/operator at Prince Edward Island Culinary Adventures.
The series extends online with exclusive content including a tour of Chuck and Danny’s Fifth Wheel RV;  Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip playlist which showcases a full roster of Canadian music featured in the series courtesy of Dine Alone Records; recipes; fun food facts; galleries and much more. To learn more about the series and watch episodes online after they premiere, visit www.foodnetwork.ca.

Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip is produced by Force Four Entertainment, in association with Corus Entertainment’s Food Network Canada.


Production underway on Food Network Canada’s new series Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip

From a media release:

Force Four Entertainment and Corus Entertainment are pleased to announce that principal photography is underway on Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip, a cinematic culinary series for Food Network Canada starring chefs Chuck Hughes (Chuck’s Day Off) and Danny Smiles (Top Chef Canada). The six-part series sees chefs and best buddies Chuck and Danny hit the road in an RV and feast their way across some of the nation’s most spectacular regions, sourcing the freshest ingredients and creating memorable meals with celebrated local chefs and food experts from Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, to Prince Edward Island. The original new series is set to premiere on Food Network Canada in Spring 2017.

For years, the Montreal-based duo have been creating unforgettable feasts for guests and friends of Hughes’ critically acclaimed restaurants, Garde Manger and Le Bremner, and now in this epic culinary “bro-trip”, they’re seeking out Canada’s brightest chefs and most dedicated food artisans to help them create six feasts in six different campgrounds across Canada, including three national parks.

Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip is produced by Force Four Entertainment, in association with Corus Entertainment’s Food Network Canada.


Link: Brad Smith sharpens his blade for Food Network’s ‘Chopped Canada’

From Sean Fitzgerald of 24 Hrs:

Brad Smith sharpens his blade for Food Network’s ‘Chopped Canada’
Brad Smith likes to talk food. The ex-CFL player, who recently transformed his image from reality show personality on The Bachelor Canada to TV interviewer on Breakfast Television, has joined the Food Network’s Chopped Canada as the host for its third season. The new episodes start airing in January, but you’ll be able to watch the affable Smith before that, as he hosts the five-part special Chopped Canada Teen Tournament starting on Nov. 28. Continue reading.


Great Canadian Cookbook celebrates country’s smorgasbord

Food Network Canada’s Great Canadian Cookbook is a multi-platform project designed to celebrate and inspire with recipes reflecting this country’s diversity, and Noah Cappe knows exactly which family recipes he’d share with viewers.

“Growing up, my mom was famous for her chocolate chip mandel bread,” Cappe says during a break in filming Season 3 of Carnival Eats. “And for my dad, to this day I still think he makes the best French toast with McCutcheon’s maple syrup. Everybody has something in their family someone makes that transports you to growing up and those are it for me.”

Cappe and celebrity chef Lynn Crawford co-host Food’s ambitious Great Canadian Cookbook, part docu-series, part recipe source, part celebration of Canada. Launching Monday with four back-to-back episodes, the television segment of Cookbook finds the foodie duo hitting the East Coast, Ontario, Prairies and West Coast in search of tasty recipes, touching stories and interesting characters. You don’t get more interesting than Episode 1 in St. John’s, where Crawford experiences brunch at Mallard Cottage, a Jigg’s Dinner hosted by firemen and a music-infused house party fuelled by cod tongues and scrunchions. Cappe, meanwhile, visits Lunenburg and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, sampling lobster rolls, lobster-topped burgers and to-die-for homemade bacon.


“A show like this is as much about the people as it is about their recipes,” the Toronto-born actor says. “It’s really nice to see how each story is built through the landscape, the person, their story and then through the food.” He likens Cookbook to chef-author Anthony Bourdain’s CNN series Parts Unknown, that uses food as a stepping stone to learning about other cultures and peoples. Over 20 nationalities contribute to the four-part Cookbook.

The series serves as a path to FoodNetwork.ca, where recipes from the episodes are combined with extra video content of Crawford cooking with celebrities, making sausage in Saskatoon and foraging  for mushrooms and Cappe icing cakes in Winnipeg and sampling Nanaimo bars in B.C.

Cappe spent two days in each locale, filming for the television show and website, eating, talking and gathering some of his favourite recipes to re-create at home, though he won’t be the one making them.

“I don’t cook, but I’ve given all of my favourite recipes to my dad, ” Cappe says. “He loves cooking and I love eating. It’s a win-win for me!”

All four episodes of Great Canadian Cookbook air Monday, Oct. 11, beginning at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT on Food Network Canada.


Chopped Canada sets dramatic Season 2 table

It may not have had the stress of competing on Chopped Canada–returning for Season 2 on Saturday–but having lunch with two of the show’s judges was still pretty daunting. Would John Higgins and Anne Yarymowich–he the director of George Brown College’s Chef School and she an instructor there–note my nervousness and trepidation surrounding the collection of forks in front of me?

The setting for our late-November sit-down was The Chef’s House, George Brown’s student-run restaurant where those enrolled in the Chef School program not only work in the kitchen preparing dishes but at the front of the house too, taking orders and passing plates to paying customers. As for how I fared in front of Higgins and Yarymowich? Passed with flying colours. Hey, I can devour food with the best of them. As we chowed down on tasty treats (I went for the country paté appetizer and braised beef main), we chatted about Season 2 of Food Network Canada’s culinary competition.

Both admitted to having many of the same reactions I do watching chefs struggle to create edible offerings out of the mystery ingredients. Their first thought is always, “What would I do with that?” followed by “What are they doing?!?!” as questionable decisions are made as time starts to tick down. The challenge for the competitors will be made even harder, I was told, though the structure remains the same: more chefs from across the country compete for $10,000 in front of Higgins, Yarymowich and fellow returning judges Susur Lee, Lynn Crawford, Michael Smith and Roger Mooking, and new panelists Massimo Capra, Antonio Park and Eden Grinshpan.

Saturday’s return finds Carol Christie of Sooke, B.C., Brian McKenna of Langley, B.C., Mario Spina of Calgary and Keith Hoare of Mississauga, Ont., challenged by a Middle Eastern ingredient in the appetizer round, monkfish in the entrée round and tofu for the dessert. The tension in the challenges have been upped to new heights, with themed episodes scattered throughout the 13 episodes, including a Viewer’s Choice competition on Feb. 7 spotlighting prairie oysters, ketchup chips, Gefilte fish and squid ink.

Higgins and Yarymowich were mum on winners, promising only that Season 2 is more dramatic than the first. I can’t wait.

Chopped Canada airs Saturdays at 9 pm. ET/PT on Food Network Canada.