Mary’s Kitchen Crush

Sundays at 7 p.m. ET/PT

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MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH features Canada’s culinary sweetheart and MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 3 winner Mary Berg as she shares her delicious twists on home-cooked classics inspired by her family and friends. The series, produced by Boat Rocker’s Proper Television, is currently shooting in Toronto and will premiere as part of CTV’s 2019 midseason schedule. MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH is currently available for customized brand partnership opportunities.

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  • S1 - Episode 1

    “Mary Loves Myra”

    Myra Berg is not just an amazing mom, she’s also Mary Berg’s #1 fan! To thank her mom for all of her love and support, Mary gives Myra a giant food hug with a fresh and flavourful spin on a favourite: lamb. Berg prepares herb and garlic stuffed lamb tenderloin, served with oven-roasted asparagus topped with crispy capers and pistachios to pack extra crunch. Myra also loves garlic bread, so Berg serves up a side of buttery garlic and herb flatbread, and finishes off the meal with a sweet-tart strawberry-rhubarb galette for dessert.

  • S1 - Episode 11

    “Muscle Meal” Bonus Digital Episode Airing on CTV.ca, the CTV App, and Crave Sunday, April 28 at 7:15 p.m. ET

    Mary Berg has been best friends with Kyle ever since their days in the high school band. Kyle has recently started to hit the gym, so to show some support, Mary whips up a protein-packed version of his favourite meal: tacos. For Kyle, Mary is making some pec-pumping pork tenderloin tacos, with smoky roasted tomato salsa, and cumin-roasted sweet potatoes. And for his cheat days, she’s stirring up a spicy jalapeño paloma cocktail.

  • S1 - Episode 2

    “Sarah Loves Steak”

    Mary Berg has some powerhouse friends, especially Sarah, who is really killing it in her career. Sarah is taking the tech world by storm, so Mary shows her pride for her friend’s success by preparing the perfect dinner. For this meat and potatoes kind of girl, Mary gives Sarah a gift of prosciutto-wrapped beef tenderloin, pommes aligot – which is basically the cheesiest of cheesy mashed potatoes – and her favourite veggie, roasted broccoli. Mary finishes things off with a flaky apple strudel for dessert.

  • S1 - Episode 3

    “Myra the Entertainer”

    In the Berg family, Myra may be the party queen, but Mary rules the pantry. When it’s Myra’s turn to entertain, Mary steps in to let Myra flourish as the social butterfly instead of a “so-so” cook. For Myra and her friends, Mary makes some stout-boosted beer-braised short ribs and a warm kale and brussel sprout slaw punched up with pomegranate seeds. For dessert, Mary bakes a crowd-pleasing carrot cake that these ladies may never recover from.

  • S1 - Episode 4

    “Breakfast for Dinner”

    When kids are in the mix, breakfast is the new dinner! Family friends Isaac, Teegan, and Aria are usually fed healthy fare, but when Mary Berg is in charge, they’re in for a sweet treat! She’s preparing the perfect peanut butter and banana-stuffed French toast with a thick and creamy banana caramel sauce, along with some sweet and juicy maple breakfast sausages, and a healthy-ish cereal milkshake. These kids are sure to be in breakfast heaven.

  • S1 - Episode 5

    “When Mary Met Aaron”

    The very first meal Mary Berg made for her husband, Aaron, was some less-than-perfect pasta. For their anniversary, Mary celebrates with a dinner re-do, taking that simple Italian meal and making it a million times better. Aaron is in for a treat with some plump and fluffy ricotta gnudi topped with a toasty brown butter and tomato sauce. To soak up the extra sauce, there’s a roasted garlic parmesan focaccia with an herb oil on the side. For dessert there’s a delectable hazelnut mocha biscotti for espresso dunkin’!

  • S1 - Episode 7

    “Game Time Grub”

    Mary Berg and sports don’t typically mix, but when her sports-fan friends are over for the big game, Mary scores all the points in the kitchen. Girlfriends Odie, Marissa, and Sarah are in for a treat with a smorgasbord of stadium food staples. Berg hits it out of the park with deep-fried corndog mac ‘n cheese, everything bagel inspired pretzel dogs, and some rich, chocolaty ice cream bars to bring it home.

  • S1 - Episode 8

    “Celebrating Dad”

    For Mary Berg, there is no better way to remember a loved one than by sharing a meal inspired by them! Mary’s father passed away when she was a child, and she loves looking back on fond memories of him with her mom and brother. For her family, Mary is cooking up a Ken Berg inspired southern barbeque chock full of all of her father’s favourites, including some sticky and sweet apple bourbon pork ribs, crispy cornbread, the perfect parmesan zucchini, and a double chocolate walnut sundae for dessert.

  • S1 - Episode 9

    “Pride”

    Mary Berg’s always up for a good party, especially when Pride rolls around! Pride is about embracing individuality and love – and Mary is all about love. Friends Veronica, Ernie, and their partners are ready to celebrate when they pop by for a fresh and flavourful summer soirée. Mary spices things up with a lively citrus-marinated chicken accompanied by a sweet and creamy ciabatta with ricotta, peaches, corn, and herbs. This party would not be complete without a side of spirits, so Mary prepares a refreshing watermelon frosé.

  • S1 - Episode 6

    “Southern Charm”

    Mary Berg’s Aunt Joanie is part family, part friend, and a whole lot of fun! When Mary was younger, Joanie was a fixture on family trips to South Carolina, so Mary channels her inner Southern Belle by whipping up a southern meal so the two can reminisce. It’s all about bold flavours and fond memories as they eat their way down memory lane with a sweet molasses-marinated flank steak, spicy pimento cheese stuffed zucchini blossoms, and a perfectly maple pecan pie.

  • S1 - Episode 11

    “Muscle Meal”

    Mary Berg has been best friends with Kyle ever since their days in the high school band. Kyle has recently started to hit the gym, so to show some support, Mary whips up a protein-packed version of his favourite meal: tacos. For Kyle, Mary is making some pec-pumping pork tenderloin tacos, with smoky roasted tomato salsa, and cumin-roasted sweet potatoes. And for his cheat days, she’s stirring up a spicy jalapeño paloma cocktail.

  • S - Episode 10

    “Cousins’ Summer”

    For Mary Berg, tradition runs deep, and the season just wouldn’t be the same without the annual “Cousins’ Summer” – a fun and food-filled get together with Mary and her cousins Lindsay, Molly, and Adam. The gang usually gets caught up in chatting away and has no time to cook, so tradition always called for Indian take-out. This year is different because Mary delivers her own spin on some of their Indian favourites. She shows some love with a rich and creamy coconut butter chicken, crunchy onion bhaji rings, and a must-eat mango kulfi for dessert.

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