Thursday, January 9, 2014

Chopped Canada Premieres Tonight In The US


Chopped Canada will make its premiere tonight in the United States at 9pm ET/PT after premiering last week in Canada.  When Chopped Canada premiered last week in Canada, it 'smashed' previous audience records, and was the highest rated series premiere of Food Network Canada's history (link).  Whether that success translates over to the US remains to be seen.

Chopped Canada is pretty much the same as the normal version of Chopped with the differences being Dean McDermott as host rather than Ted Allen, $10,000 Canadian Dollars instead of US Dollars, Canadian chefs instead of US chefs, and a different set of judges.  I think the production companies may be different as well, so the editing and normal sob stories may differ in the Canadian version of Chopped.



You may remember Dean McDermott as the winner of Rachael Vs Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off season 2 who referred to himself as the 'Gourmet Dad.'  He won that competition in February of 2013, and was signed on to host Chopped Canada in June of 2013.  After being on a show like Rachael Vs. Guy, it may be hard to give him the same amount of respect given to Ted Allen.


As Chopped Canada is playing in Canada first, then in the US a week later, it is known who won the first episode.  If you are interested in knowing about the episode and who won, scroll down some (spoiler).











Stephanie Brewster won the first episode of Chopped Canada.  The runner-up, Matt Binkley apparently causes some drama on the show and comes across as 'arrogant' and a 'jerk.'  So, you will most likely be rooting against Matt if you watch the show.

24 comments:

  1. WHAT IS UP WITH THIS NEW GARBAGE OF BEING FORCED TO ANSWER SURVEY QUESTIONS BEFORE BEING ALLOWED TO READ ANY CONTENT HERE? People hate ads in social media. This just makes it worse. Doesn't exactly inspire getting feedback from the public.

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  2. It's so weird, I liked Dean a lot during Rachael vs. Guy but the past year has not been kind to him.

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  3. Chef Matt was so arrogant and self absorbed, his food looked good, but he was such a villain!! So glad tephanie won, especially after he stole her noodles

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  4. Thanks for the heads-up! I'm DVRing it when it replays at midnight.

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  5. I hate the Judges but the show was great! PLEASE get better judges!!!!

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  6. HORRIBLE choice for host!!!

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  7. I'm disappointed that Dean McDermott appeared to be drunk and desperately holding on to the edge of the judging table. He appeared so tired, so out of it... so sad.

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  8. Matt Binkley ... what a jerk. It makes me wonder how he became so arrogant and hopeful that a life lesson is coming soon. Eeuuuuwwww.

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  9. Geez they have to pay people to be as arrogant (or in his world, as important and awsome ...lmfao) as that man CHEF MATT... eeewww. Your a cook at the end of the day they eat it and poop it out!!! Dude is the king of poo yay you!

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  10. could have been a long day of tapings--- or jet lag, orr upwith a sick kid too

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  11. Dean was awful! The judges were ok but it was like watching the poor man's version of Chopped sans Tim, Scott, Sontag et al. Will stick to the original American version!

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  12. Or whoever his "flavor of the month" is....

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  13. Oops just noticed typos - meant Ted and Freitag et al!!

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  14. You could have just edited your original post.

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  15. I thought the kitchen was much more thoughtfully organized for the competitors, and I'd like to see that done for the American version as well. Dean is just, well, Tori Spelling's husband, but I liked the judges and loved that the arrogant fool got beaten.

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  16. Thanks for the tip - 1st time poster so didn't know how

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  17. Totally different energy level than the U.S. version. I liked McDermott on the celebrity chef thing last year but he was a drag on this show.
    I found the judging panel less offensive than some of the U.S. versions but again, they didn't contribute much to the energy level (I know some of this is the U.S./Canadian difference but I'm Midwestern and older so not totally into really fast pace) -- I felt like the whole show was just slogging through to fill the time.
    Will probably DVR again just to see if it improves. Wouldn't want an exact replica of the U.S. version. Did think the judges were more about the food and less about themselves than many of the U.S. judges.
    Also, I don't think that chefs should be able to make bread pudding in the dessert round anymore -- I'd bet that we see about 4 or 5 versions of bread pudding for every one of any other dessert. Blech.

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  19. Oh PLEASE...Dean McDermott?? This guy spoke of wanting nothing more than his own show as a Gourmet Dad on the Rachel and Guy Celebrity Cook off. He's annoying, and has no class.Get rid of him or the show is going to be a disaster.

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  20. The judges and host all seemed bored.

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  21. Michael Lindeen Jr.January 13, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    I thought it was well done. I think, though, that Dean needs a boost of energy. As for Matt, I'm sure that editing made him look more evil than he actually is, but he came across as so arrogant, I'm not sure about that

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  22. Dean is needs to go. Makes the show B rate

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  23. I agree Carla! McDermott came off as an opportunist on Ray v Guy. All he talked about was launching his "brand" Gourmet Dad and the charity for which he was competing seemed secondary at best. That was a huge turnoff for me.

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  24. Boy do I ever agree, I tuned in for the second episode and was pretty shocked at how dissipated he looked! Must have spent the last year drinking himself sorry. When I heard he just went ino rehab I wasn't at all surprised. I hope he does get well for his family's sake. He did look a little better on the third episode, though.

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