First Canadian Edition Of “Chopped” Coming Out

Food Network Canada currently casting for new competition show.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Do you consider yourself a gourmet chef? A foodie extraordinaire? Well, then, you may want to consider auditioning for the new Food Network Canada show "Chopped."

Popular south of the border, the network just got the green light to produce a Canadian-made version of the show. Having inked a deal with Scripps Networks Interactive, the network is partnering with award-winning Paperny Entertainment on production of the series currently slated to premiere in winter 2014 on Food Network. The national casting call for "Chopped Canada" is currently underway with information available on their website.

The original "Chopped" series has consistently been a top-performing program on Food Network in Canada since premiering in 2009, continually ranking as a top 10 program on the schedule. The Canadian edition promises to follow a similar formula to the original series, featuring four chefs per episode who must beat the clock to create a dish using a basket full of mystery ingredients. The competition consists of three rounds, challenging competitors to create an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert. A panel of judges critique each chef’s offering based on presentation, taste and creativity, sending one chef home at the end of each round until one is named victorious.

“Since its premiere, 'Chopped' has firmly established its position on the Food Network schedule as one of the channel’s most-watched series,” said Barb Williams, SVP of Content at Shaw Media. “We’re delighted to bring this popular format to Canada and give it its own local flavour.”

“We are thrilled to produce the Canadian version of the hit series Chopped in collaboration with Shaw Media and Food Network,” says Cal Shumiatcher, Paperny Entertainment. “We’re dedicated to finding Canada’s best chefs to go head-to-head in what will no doubt be a very compelling series."  

Photo: Food Network Canada