Food Network Cancels Top Chef Canada

Staff Writer
Food Network Cancels Top Chef Canada
Food Network Canada
Host Lisa Ray, and judges Mark McEwan and Gail Simmons won't be returning to Top Chef next year, as the show was canceled.

It looks like Top Chef is no more for our neighbors up north,. After coming out with their schedule for the fall, Top Chef was not on Food Network Canada’s list, so it appears that the network has canceled the Canadian version of the popular culinary competition show. Shaw Media later confirmed via a statement that the show, which had run for four seasons and pitted 14 Canadian chefs against one another in a battle of gastronomical wits, is not coming back.

“We watch audience trends very closely and, after four years, our audiences are telling us they’re hungry for new programs,” said Christine Shipton, Shaw Media’s vice-president of original content. “We are in a world where the audience demand and choices are the key to our continued success. We need to stay ahead of the trends, be where their preferences are heading.”

The Top Chef format won’t be disappearing entirely from Canadian TV. Top Chef Duels, a spinoff, will be coming to Food Network Canada this fall.

Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi

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