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Canwest orders ‘Top Chef Canada’

Canadian chefs can start preparing their game for the Quickfire Challenge as Canwest Broadcasting on Wednesday announced the production of Top Chef Canada. To be developed for the Food Network by Toronto-based Insight Production, Top Chef will premiere next spring with a prominent online presence in the lead-up to the launch, says Leslie Merklinger, director of original production, Food Network. 'Casting announcements will be online and there'll be lots of web-only exclusive content, the details of which we're just brainstorming right now,' says Merklinger. Top Chef, which is owned by NBC Universal and targets adults aged 25 to 54, has consistently ranked in Food's top 10 programs since launching in Canada in 2006. The debut of Top Chef Vegas broke a ratings record last year, says Merklinger. 'The culinary landscape of this country is so exciting,' Merklinger says, adding that given the popularity of the program, 'it seems to me like no-brainer to do a Canadian version.'
April 22, 2010

Canadian chefs can start preparing their game for the Quickfire Challenge as Canwest Broadcasting on Wednesday announced the production of Top Chef Canada. To be developed for the Food Network by Toronto-based Insight Production, Top Chef will premiere next spring with a prominent online presence in the lead-up to the launch, says Leslie Merklinger, director of original production, Food Network. ‘Casting announcements will be online and there’ll be lots of web-only exclusive content, the details of which we’re just brainstorming right now,’ says Merklinger. Top Chef, which is owned by NBC Universal and targets adults aged 25 to 54, has consistently ranked in Food’s top 10 programs since launching in Canada in 2006. The debut of Top Chef Vegas broke a ratings record last year, says Merklinger. ‘The culinary landscape of this country is so exciting,’ Merklinger says, adding that given the popularity of the program, ‘it seems to me like no-brainer to do a Canadian version.’

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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