Shaw Media orders Canadian version of “Chopped”

Paperny Entertainment will produce the Canadian adaptation of the popular U.S. food competition series for Food Network Canada, to bow in winter 2014.
February 14, 2013

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.

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