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MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 5 Finalists Revealed in Advance of April 3 Premiere on CTV

– Season 5 home cooks include a mathematician, truck driver, biomedical engineer, tile setter assistant, and a firefighter –
– Presented by Miele, digital companion series MASTERCHEF CANADA: REDEMPTION returns exclusively on CTV.ca –

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TORONTO (March 14, 2018) – CTV unveiled today the Top 21 MASTERCHEF CANADA finalists competing for a chance to capture the life-changing title of Canada’s next MasterChef. In a MASTERCHEF CANADA first, this season the esteemed judges pay a surprise personal visit to 21 of the best home cooks across the country, who in turn set off to the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen in Toronto to prepare a dish for the judges. The networks hit series fires up Season 5 on Tuesday, April 3 at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO.

Distinguished Canadian judges Michael Bonacini (O&B restaurant empire), Alvin Leung (Bo Innovation in Hong Kong), and Claudio Aprile (Copetin Restaurant & Bar) mark their joyous return to the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen anticipating tastes of the tantalizing dishes prepared by the Top 21. The home cooks set out to wow the judges in a chance to prove they have the culinary chops to earn a coveted white apron, and a chance to compete for the MASTERCHEF CANADA title and $100,000 cash prize.

“Last spring, MASTERCHEF CANADA was the most-watched Canadian program with total viewers and all key demos, and performed as a Top 5 program with millennials,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “Pairing MASTERCHEF CANADA alongside new mid-season additions ROSEANNE, LIVING BIBLICALLY, and SPLITTING UP TOGETHER is the recipe for a fun-filled evening of TV for the whole family.”

**MEDIA NOTE** – Download photos for MASTERCHEF CANADA at BellMediaPR.ca.

Season 5’s Top 21 home cooks vying for the MASTERCHEF CANADA title are:

  • Reem Ahmed, Biomedical Engineer from Toronto, Ont.
  • Oyakhire Airende, Operations Analyst from Calgary, Alta.
  • Eugene Cheng, Financial Advisor and Rowing Coach from Vancouver, B.C.
  • Kaegan Donnelly, Software Sales from Vancouver, B.C.
  • Claudia Escudero, Customer Service Representative from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Qué.
  • Felix Fudge, Sanitization Specialist from Halifax, N.S.
  • Michael Griffiths, Mathematician from Richmond Hill, Ont.
  • Andy Hay, Small Business Owner from Dartmouth, N.S.
  • Jen Jenkins, Stay-at-Home Mom from Dawson Creek, B.C.
  • Nikita Kaisar, Human Resources Management Graduate from Toronto, Ont.
  • Layla Kelly, Musician from Halifax, N.S.
  • Marissa Leon-John, Tech Support Manager from DollarddesOrmeaux, Qué.
  • Peter Maltais, Truck Driver from Kitchener, Ont.
  • Dawn O’Hara, Stay-at-Home Mom from Calgary, Alta.
  • Sienna Potter, Customer Service Representative from Yarmouth, N.S.
  • Jonathan Rahim, Real Estate Agent from Winnipeg, Man.
  • Nadia Rehman, Account Executive from Markham, Ont.
  • Mike Schroeder, Autism Support Worker from Kentville, N.S.
  • Melissa Skowron, Facilities Coordinator from Calgary, Alta.
  • Beccy Stables, Tile Setter Assistant from Sherwood Park, Alta.
  • Michael Varga, Firefighter from Vancouver, B.C.

In each episode, the home cooks are pushed to the limit in a series of Mystery Box Challenges, Team Challenges, and Pressure Tests, with the three judges providing direction and feedback throughout the process. Each task is designed to test and hone the home cooks’ skill, knowledge, passion, and creativity. At the conclusion of each episode at least one person is eliminated until there are only two home cooks left vying for the life-changing MASTERCHEF CANADA title.

Fans are invited to visit CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada throughout the season for exclusive content, including background on this season’s finalists and the MASTERCHEF CANADA judges, as well as interviews, recipes, and more. CTV.ca also offers viewers behind-the-scenes glimpses of this season’s challenges, culinary creations, triumphs, and upsets.

Leading up to the Season 5 premiere, viewers across the country can satisfy their MASTERCHEF CANADA cravings by tuning to the series’ previous seasons, now streaming on CraveTV™.

Following the finale of Season 5 on CTV, the current season of MASTERCHEF CANADA will be available in its entirety on CraveTV, and is also slated to air on Gusto this summer (check local listings).

MASTERCHEF CANADA’s digital exclusive, MASTERCHEF CANADA: REDEMPTION, presented by Miele and hosted at the Miele Experience Centre, returns to CTV.ca, giving eliminated home cooks, a chance to earn their white apron back and return to the MasterChef Canada Kitchen. As competitors are whittled down from week-to-week, the digital companion series is a must-watch for viewers to catch the tangential developments that may propel their favourite eliminated home cook back into the MasterChef Canada Kitchen.

Season 5 of MASTERCHEF CANADA has also partnered with Chefs Plate and SPLENDA® Sweeteners.

The MASTERCHEF format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Endemol Shine Group, and is based on a format originally created by Franc Roddam.

MASTERCHEF CANADA is produced by Proper Television in association with CTV. Proper’s Co-President Cathie James is the Executive Producer and Showrunner and Co-President Lesia Capone is Executive Producer. For Bell Media, Tina Apostolopoulos is Production Executive; Robin Johnston is Director, Original Programming, Factual and Reality; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming; Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.

Source : Numeris, Spring 2017 (Feb. 27 – May 28, 2017). Final data.

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About Endemol Shine Group

Endemol Shine Group is a global production powerhouse creating world class content for all platforms.As a producer and distributor, Endemol Shine Group works on a unique local and global axis, comprised of 120 companies across all the world’s major markets, dedicated to creating content that enthralls and inspires. In 2016, the company’s travelling formats originated from 10 different countries across the Group, with global hits including MasterChef, Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, The Money Drop, Your Face Sounds Familiar, The Brain, Hunted and The Island. Endemol Shine Group’s drama portfolio is similarly international and diverse, with acclaimed worldwide hits such as Humans, Bron, Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror, Kingdom, Grantchester, The Fall, Intersection, Spring Tide, Penoza and Broadchurch. The Group’s award-winning digital production and distribution studio Endemol Shine Beyond helps advertisers and brands to engage millennial audiences around the world through popular online content and channels including Coke TV and eSports format Legends of Gaming, each with local adaptations in multiple markets. In 2016 Endemol Shine Group produced more than 700 productions, in 66 territories airing on 267 channels around the world.

 

About Proper Television Inc.

Since opening its doors in 2004, Proper Television has become one of Canada’s premier production houses. Proper Television works across a wide range of factual genres, creating more than 600 hours of reality, lifestyle, and documentary and specialist factual programming. The company’s ratings grabbing slate includes a mix of originals like VEGAS RAT RODS, TOUGHER THAN IT LOOKS, and LAST STOP GARAGE, along with big international formats such as CTV’s MASTERCHEF CANADA, CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, COME DINE WITH ME CANADA, and STORAGE WARS CANADA. In 2017 Proper Television became a division of Boat Rocker Media. www.propertelevision.com.

 

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Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, new original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL, and the international TV format THE LAUNCH. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as the upcoming CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.

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MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 5 Finalists Revealed in Advance of April 3 Premiere on CTV

– Season 5 home cooks include a mathematician, truck driver, biomedical engineer, tile setter assistant, and a firefighter –
– Presented by Miele, digital companion series MASTERCHEF CANADA: REDEMPTION returns exclusively on CTV.ca –

To tweet this release: http://bmpr.ca/2HwXM5i

TORONTO (March 14, 2018) – CTV unveiled today the Top 21 MASTERCHEF CANADA finalists competing for a chance to capture the life-changing title of Canada’s next MasterChef. In a MASTERCHEF CANADA first, this season the esteemed judges pay a surprise personal visit to 21 of the best home cooks across the country, who in turn set off to the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen in Toronto to prepare a dish for the judges. The networks hit series fires up Season 5 on Tuesday, April 3 at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO.

Distinguished Canadian judges Michael Bonacini (O&B restaurant empire), Alvin Leung (Bo Innovation in Hong Kong), and Claudio Aprile (Copetin Restaurant & Bar) mark their joyous return to the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen anticipating tastes of the tantalizing dishes prepared by the Top 21. The home cooks set out to wow the judges in a chance to prove they have the culinary chops to earn a coveted white apron, and a chance to compete for the MASTERCHEF CANADA title and $100,000 cash prize.

“Last spring, MASTERCHEF CANADA was the most-watched Canadian program with total viewers and all key demos, and performed as a Top 5 program with millennials,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “Pairing MASTERCHEF CANADA alongside new mid-season additions ROSEANNE, LIVING BIBLICALLY, and SPLITTING UP TOGETHER is the recipe for a fun-filled evening of TV for the whole family.”

**MEDIA NOTE** – Download photos for MASTERCHEF CANADA at BellMediaPR.ca.

Season 5’s Top 21 home cooks vying for the MASTERCHEF CANADA title are:

  • Reem Ahmed, Biomedical Engineer from Toronto, Ont.
  • Oyakhire Airende, Operations Analyst from Calgary, Alta.
  • Eugene Cheng, Financial Advisor and Rowing Coach from Vancouver, B.C.
  • Kaegan Donnelly, Software Sales from Vancouver, B.C.
  • Claudia Escudero, Customer Service Representative from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Qué.
  • Felix Fudge, Sanitization Specialist from Halifax, N.S.
  • Michael Griffiths, Mathematician from Richmond Hill, Ont.
  • Andy Hay, Small Business Owner from Dartmouth, N.S.
  • Jen Jenkins, Stay-at-Home Mom from Dawson Creek, B.C.
  • Nikita Kaisar, Human Resources Management Graduate from Toronto, Ont.
  • Layla Kelly, Musician from Halifax, N.S.
  • Marissa Leon-John, Tech Support Manager from DollarddesOrmeaux, Qué.
  • Peter Maltais, Truck Driver from Kitchener, Ont.
  • Dawn O’Hara, Stay-at-Home Mom from Calgary, Alta.
  • Sienna Potter, Customer Service Representative from Yarmouth, N.S.
  • Jonathan Rahim, Real Estate Agent from Winnipeg, Man.
  • Nadia Rehman, Account Executive from Markham, Ont.
  • Mike Schroeder, Autism Support Worker from Kentville, N.S.
  • Melissa Skowron, Facilities Coordinator from Calgary, Alta.
  • Beccy Stables, Tile Setter Assistant from Sherwood Park, Alta.
  • Michael Varga, Firefighter from Vancouver, B.C.

In each episode, the home cooks are pushed to the limit in a series of Mystery Box Challenges, Team Challenges, and Pressure Tests, with the three judges providing direction and feedback throughout the process. Each task is designed to test and hone the home cooks’ skill, knowledge, passion, and creativity. At the conclusion of each episode at least one person is eliminated until there are only two home cooks left vying for the life-changing MASTERCHEF CANADA title.

Fans are invited to visit CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada throughout the season for exclusive content, including background on this season’s finalists and the MASTERCHEF CANADA judges, as well as interviews, recipes, and more. CTV.ca also offers viewers behind-the-scenes glimpses of this season’s challenges, culinary creations, triumphs, and upsets.

Leading up to the Season 5 premiere, viewers across the country can satisfy their MASTERCHEF CANADA cravings by tuning to the series’ previous seasons, now streaming on CraveTV™.

Following the finale of Season 5 on CTV, the current season of MASTERCHEF CANADA will be available in its entirety on CraveTV, and is also slated to air on Gusto this summer (check local listings).

MASTERCHEF CANADA’s digital exclusive, MASTERCHEF CANADA: REDEMPTION, presented by Miele and hosted at the Miele Experience Centre, returns to CTV.ca, giving eliminated home cooks, a chance to earn their white apron back and return to the MasterChef Canada Kitchen. As competitors are whittled down from week-to-week, the digital companion series is a must-watch for viewers to catch the tangential developments that may propel their favourite eliminated home cook back into the MasterChef Canada Kitchen.

Season 5 of MASTERCHEF CANADA has also partnered with Chefs Plate and SPLENDA® Sweeteners.

The MASTERCHEF format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Endemol Shine Group, and is based on a format originally created by Franc Roddam.

MASTERCHEF CANADA is produced by Proper Television in association with CTV. Proper’s Co-President Cathie James is the Executive Producer and Showrunner and Co-President Lesia Capone is Executive Producer. For Bell Media, Tina Apostolopoulos is Production Executive; Robin Johnston is Director, Original Programming, Factual and Reality; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming; Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.

Source : Numeris, Spring 2017 (Feb. 27 – May 28, 2017). Final data.

For more information

Jessica Charbonneau

jessica.charbonneau@bellmedia.ca

Matthew Almeida

matthew.almeida@bellmedia.ca

Patricia Garcia

patricia.garcia@bellmedia.ca

About Endemol Shine Group

Endemol Shine Group is a global production powerhouse creating world class content for all platforms.As a producer and distributor, Endemol Shine Group works on a unique local and global axis, comprised of 120 companies across all the world’s major markets, dedicated to creating content that enthralls and inspires. In 2016, the company’s travelling formats originated from 10 different countries across the Group, with global hits including MasterChef, Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, The Money Drop, Your Face Sounds Familiar, The Brain, Hunted and The Island. Endemol Shine Group’s drama portfolio is similarly international and diverse, with acclaimed worldwide hits such as Humans, Bron, Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror, Kingdom, Grantchester, The Fall, Intersection, Spring Tide, Penoza and Broadchurch. The Group’s award-winning digital production and distribution studio Endemol Shine Beyond helps advertisers and brands to engage millennial audiences around the world through popular online content and channels including Coke TV and eSports format Legends of Gaming, each with local adaptations in multiple markets. In 2016 Endemol Shine Group produced more than 700 productions, in 66 territories airing on 267 channels around the world.

 

About Proper Television Inc.

Since opening its doors in 2004, Proper Television has become one of Canada’s premier production houses. Proper Television works across a wide range of factual genres, creating more than 600 hours of reality, lifestyle, and documentary and specialist factual programming. The company’s ratings grabbing slate includes a mix of originals like VEGAS RAT RODS, TOUGHER THAN IT LOOKS, and LAST STOP GARAGE, along with big international formats such as CTV’s MASTERCHEF CANADA, CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, COME DINE WITH ME CANADA, and STORAGE WARS CANADA. In 2017 Proper Television became a division of Boat Rocker Media. www.propertelevision.com.

 

About Bell Media Original Programming

Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, new original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL, and the international TV format THE LAUNCH. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as the upcoming CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.

About CTV
CTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.

 

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