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Makeful’s Home Chef to Pro Chef gives home cooks the chance to be chef for a day

From a media release:

So you think you could be a chef? Home Chef to Pro Chef, a brand new original Canadian series on Makeful —a lifestyle brand that celebrates the maker community and the creation of one-of- a-kind, handmade goods—is giving several passionate home cooks a once-in-a-lifetime chance to live up to the challenge. Premiering Monday, March 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, during a nationwide free preview, the 14-part, half-hour series pairs home cooks with restaurants that serve their favourite cuisines, ranging from Italian to Indian to French-bistro.

After a crash course on managing a professional kitchen from restaurateurs and head chefs, the aspiring amateurs are given a shot at running a full dinner service for real, paying customers, while their mentors watch from a monitor and offer advice remotely via a tablet. At the end of each episode, the rookie chef will be critiqued by the customers, who have been unaware of what has been going on behind the scenes. If the home cook’s dishes get a passing grade, their signature dish will be added to the restaurant’s menu.

Coinciding with the launch of the series, Makeful will also roll out Cook Like a Pro Chef, a series of one-minute digital videos offering valuable cooking tips from the professional chefs themselves. The eight videos each feature a different chef and offer up cooking advice that ranges from a fool-proof method of getting pizzeria-style pizza to marinating Atlantic Cod with maple and spruce leaves. The videos will be available on Makeful’s social media feeds, including Facebook and Twitter as well it’s YouTube channel.

Home Chef to Pro Chef is premiering during Makeful’s free preview event, which gives 10 million subscribers across Canada free access to the brand’s inspiring lineup of shows that bring to life creative ideas focused on food, design and style.

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Makeful’s Post My Party encourages DIY celebrations

Lynzie Kent didn’t have dreams of being a television host. She already runs Love By Lynzie, a successful wedding and event planning company in Toronto, and fronts Electric Blonde, a band that  plays weddings, events and corporate gigs. Throw in a child, and her calendar is pretty packed. But then Makeful called, and Kent found herself in front of the camera hosting Post My Party.

Debuting Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Blue Ant Media’s fledgling craft network—fellow new original Taste of the Country bows right after—Post My Party tracks Kent while she helps clients pull off cool shindigs and saving a buck by doing the decorating yourself. Far from hanging a few sad strands of crepe paper streamers with sticky tape, Kent’s creations are creative, fun and—best of all—easy and accessible. Craft and dollar stores offer untold treasures that can be transformed into playful features in any party.

“I think that there’s a little bit of a shift towards celebrations that are a little more authentic,” Kent says. “For awhile it was all about keeping up with the Joneses and spending a lot of money, but I think people are trying to bring it back to the retro idea of throwing a really sweet party inspired by the person or thing they’re celebrating. That’s a little more down-to-earth and where the handmade aspect comes in.”

Makeful already had the show concept developed with General Purpose Entertainment and were searching for a host. They found Kent on Instagram; the series title references the fact that as parts of the party come together they’re photographed and posted on the social media site. Sunday’s first episode—future instalments cover a boy’s sleepover, a beat the January blues party, a boho-inspired girl’s night in and celebrating the end of a dodgeball season—catches up with Kent as she plans a ballerina-themed birthday party for Avery. With three days plot and create, Kent and Avery’s mother, Betta, craft tiaras made of paper, glue, paint and sparkles, personalized refreshment bottles capped with edible adhesive and candy sprinkles, and a stunning table cover mirroring a ballet tutu. Needless to say, Avery and her friends are astounded.

Achieving what Betta did for Avery is easy. Aside from acquiring items from dollar stores, there is a whole online community offering up crafting tips on YouTube, Pinterest, craft blogs and Makeful’s own  tutorials to inspire and educate.

“You don’t have to look too far anymore for guidance,” Kent says. “And you don’t have to be intimidated by it either.”

Post My Party airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Makeful.

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Makeful adds a bouquet of new programming to spring lineup

From a media release:

Makeful, Blue Ant Media’s lifestyle specialty channel, is debuting two highly anticipated new original series during its four-week free preview, which begins on February 29. Dedicated to showcasing the beauty and value of creating handmade goods, Makeful’s March lineup includes two brand new series that take special occasions to the next level with creative flair and one-of-a-kind touches. Post My Party (13 x 30), a series featuring vivacious DIY event planner Lynzie Kent and Taste of the Country (13 x 30), which follows the journey of Danielle French who hosts beautiful, rustic weddings and parties at her country estate, premiere back-to-back on Sunday, March 13, at 8 p.m. ET/PT and 8:30 p.m. ET/PT respectively.

Dovetailing with the channel’s spring lineup, Makeful will treat its audiences to a stream of originally produced and inspiring short-form videos for viewing online and on Makeful TV. In all, Makeful is creating more than 100 digital shorts that will roll out in 2016, featuring DIY projects, helpful tips and profiles of Makeful TV hosts as well as talented makers from Makeful’s growing online community.

Makeful’s free preview will also give viewers the opportunity to watch new episodes of Endless Yard Sale Showdown, Holiday Makeover and Portrait Artist of the Year.

Makeful March Premieres
Post My Party (New Original Series, World Premiere) launching Sunday, March 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, follows event expert and DIY maven Lynzie Kent as she helps each host bring the handmade party of their dreams to life through a series of DIY projects to create memorable experiences. From a Barcelona-inspired housewarming to a Hollywood-glam engagement party, Lynzie never disappoints as she takes her clients in search of a truly unique and personalized occasion.

Taste of the Country (New Original Series, World Premiere), airing Sunday, March 13 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT,introduces viewers to Danielle French, a former real-estate professional, who followed her dream to leave the big city with her four daughters for a life in the country. Turning her passion for rural living into an event business operating right out of her farmhouse, Danielle shows viewers how she uses her home to host weddings, private parties, outdoor cookouts and unique workshops. The series will also bring audiences farm-fresh food and rustically beautiful décor, custom-created for each event by Danielle and her passionate team.

New Series and Episodes:
Holiday Makeover (New Episodes, Original Series, World Premiere) is a special six-part series celebrating special occasions throughout the year, in which one lucky person gets the help of the series’ three talented hosts, Alison, Denise and Adjoa, to create a fairytale celebration. Holiday Makeover’s Mother’s Day instalment will follow the hosts as they lend their collective expertise in crafting, baking and decorating to create special inspirational features for a Mother’s Day gathering. The episode premieres on April 17 at 7 p.m. ET/PT and repeats on Mother’s Day, May 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. New Holiday Makeover episodes will roll out over Father’s Day, July long weekend, Halloween and Christmas.

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