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Food Network Canada

Hot Dates: BC Contestants on Top Chef Canada

Chef Mark McEwan with his newest crop of Top Chef Canada contestants

Through May

The knives? Sharpened. The pantry? Stocked. The competition? Fierce. Top Chef Canada is back in the kitchen for round two of the hit Food Network Canada show. Head judge Chef Mark McEwan has 16 new hopefuls all vying for the title of Top Chef, not to mention the $100,000 prize. Four contestants from BC are in the running, but—spoiler alert!—they don’t all make the final cut. Tune in Mondays, or watch online at www.foodnetwork.ca.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Dining: Culinary Drama

The judge and host of Top Chef Canada

Top Chef Canada continues to heat up as judge Chef Mark McEwan and host Thea Andrews (pictured) push the competitors to their limits in both Quickfire and Elimination challenges. So what has the competing chefs so fired up? The grand prize of $100,000 cash, a $30,000 GE Monogram Kitchen and the title of Top Chef. Catch all the action on Food Network Canada.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Dates: Top Chef Canada

Dale Mackay on Top Chef Canada

April 11

The knives are sharpened; the drama is set to a steady boil; the pantry’s fully stocked. The kitchen heats up as Top Chef Canada premieres Apr. 11 on Food Network Canada. This hugely successful stateside show finally arrives in the Great White North with Chef Mark McEwan taking on Chef Tom Colicchio’s role as head judge and Thea Andrews—of ET Canada and ESPN fame—filling Padma Lakshmi’s shoes as host. Vancouver-based chef Dale Mackay—from the now-defunct, award-winning Lumière and db Bistro Moderne—takes on Clayton Beadle from the Four Seasons Whistler and 14 other Canadian chefs in this fast-paced race to the finish. Watch these up-and-coming cooks battle it out each week in Quickfire and Elimination challenges as the 16 competitors whittle down to just one Top Chef. The grand prize: $100,000 cash and a GE Monogram Kitchen worth over $30,000.—Jennifer Patterson