After two hit seasons on CTV, “MasterChef Canada” is back to give a new batch of home cooks a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Esteemed judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung and Claudio Aprile return to guide and mentor the home cooks through a grueling series of Mystery Box, Pressure Test, and Team Challenges.

The home cooks demonstrate their skill and passion for the chance to win $100,000 and the title of Canada’s next MasterChef.

Visit CTV’s MasterChef Canada page for more details …


About Claudio Aprile:Owner of the growing Orderfire Restaurant Group including Toronto’s acclaimed Origin brand restaurants, Claudio Aprile was born in Uruguay and grew up in Toronto. Throughout his 30-year career, Aprile has passed through some of the most renowned kitchens around the globe including Bali Sugar in London, and Senses in Toronto. His first restaurant, Colborne Lane, has been lauded as one of the best restaurants in the world. Central to Aprile’s success is his dedication to creativity, and drive to expertly deliver the unexpected.

“I am most looking forward to mentoring the home cooks, and watching them grow in technique and skill,” said Aprile. “I am very grateful to be in a position, where I can now give back to my profession.”

It was also announced today that Kraft Canada is the premier sponsor of ‘MasterChef Canada.’ The sponsorship will deliver customized integrations that organically integrate Kraft Canada brands into the program. In turn, Kraft Canada will also produce a series of branded content pieces that will be inspired by dishes featured in the series. The Kraft brands and Kraft what’s cooking community of busy home cooks are the perfect alignment for “MasterChef Canada,” a series that rewards and showcases the home cook.

“It’s a match made in the kitchen… an opportunity to engage with Canadians across the country and touch their hearts, minds and tantalize their appetites,” said Kraft Canada’s Director of Media, Suzanne Ware. “Working with ‘MasterChef Canada’ was a natural fit for our many iconic brands and Kraft what’s cooking media properties, as we strive every day to deliver inspiring creative confidence in the kitchen.”

This first season of “MasterChef Canada” features the exciting, competitive challenges for which “MasterChef” is renowned. In one of the challenges, the home cook teams work against the clock to prepare a cheesy meal in the Kraft Food Truck Challenge. On Friday, Oct. 11, Toronto food lovers are invited to join the teams at Nathan Phillips Square to indulge in either an Italian or Mexican dish using KRAFT shredded cheese, and made in the tight quarters of one of the latest culinary crazes – a Food Truck.

“MasterChef Canada” provides an opportunity for Canadian amateur cooks to develop their culinary skills as they compete for the MasterChef Canada title. In keeping with the “MasterChef” format, contestants will face individual and team-based cooking challenges, resulting in home cooks being eliminated each week, until finally, Canada’s first-ever MasterChef is crowned. “MasterChef” is recognized as one of the most-successful primetime entertainment formats in the world. Now produced in over 40 countries, the series is watched in more than 200 territories worldwide.

CBC – The Nature of Things ~ “The Science of the Senses” : Taste and Smell

Originally aired on CBC-TV, January 24th, 2008 @ 8pm; 52min running time.

Host David Suzuki of the Nature of Things explores the science of taste & smell with Chef Claudio Aprile of Colborne Lane. Chef Aprile uses his keen sense of smell to produce flavours & textures that delight even those who cannot experience the pleasures of taste or aroma.


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