Canada’s Shaw Media has ordered a local version of the chef dream-dashing TV food competition series Chopped from Paperny Entertainment, for Food Network Canada.
The format deal with Scripps Networks Interactive will see the elimination-style reality series, famous for signature mystery baskets and chefs frantically trying to save dishes, cross the border into Canada.
Paperny has put out a call for Canadian chefs to audition for the local adaptation, to debut in winter 2014. The original U.S. Chopped series has performed as a top-rated show on Food Network Canada since 2009.
“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, senior VP of content at Shaw Media, in a statement.
“We’re delighted to bring this popular format to Canada and give it its own local flavor,” she added. Food Network Canada found earlier success with Top Chef Canada, another U.S. adaptation.