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Stick a fork in Top Chef Canada... it's done.

If I'm reading the facebook post correctly, it appears that Top Chef Canada is over and done.

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  1. I enjoyed the focus they placed on regional Canadian ingredients, but they never built the spark that US Chopped has. We'll still have jarred milkweed pods.

    1. EDIT EDIT EDIT!!!
      I am talking about Chopped:Canada.
      Reading skills Fail.

      Snarkily, I really didn't like the set. It seemed too busy and not very kitchen-y.
      All of Oh Canadaaaa isn't dark backwoods woodgrain.


      Kris now in DC/NoVA

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      1. I never got into it... it seemed to take itself too seriously to be enjoyable, and on the couple I watched, the judges were ripping the contestants to shreds on minor technicalities when the whole point of it is using ingredients in unconventional ways/combinations to make something (hopefully) delicious, AND in a limited timeframe. No, it's not always going to be perfectly presented world-class gourmet, but the contestants have some pretty steep obstacles to overcome! (in other words, this is one occasion where I think the US original is better...)

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        1. re: Kajikit

          And can we say OOOPS... I guess I should slow down and read for comprehension. I was posting about CHOPPED Canada, I've never seen their version of Top Chef.

        2. I liked the first couple of seasons. Not great, but okay. I preferred Lisa Ray to Padma. Did not care for their head judge at all. He's no Tom.
          The last season Lisa seemed to be channeling her inner Padma, and instead of being funny and gracious was a lot snottier to contestants. (IMHO). It also had the gimmicky men vs. women theme that was off putting (until all the women were eliminated). That said, it did introduce me to two chefs to cheer for, Jesse and Terry of that season were funny, nice humble and seem to make really great food.

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          1. re: Firegoat

            I found the men vs. women dynamic to be really unfortunate as it's already an industry where men largely outnumber women, particularly in positions of management/ownership/etc. For whatever reason, I've always felt that Top Chef Canada seemed to pay a bit too much attention to the whole man-chef/woman-chef issue.

            Last season, was it Caity (?) - the blond who had a very assertive "I don't like working with women" edit. While the early seasons of Top Chef in the US definitely had some more light weight contestants that you knew would never win - that always seemed to very fairly balanced across men and women. Even though only two women have ever won Top Chef, I've always left feeling that it's just a representation of the industry but throughout the show women are represented well and competitively. Top Chef Canada just always just seemed to have an odd attitude towards the divide.

            1. re: cresyd

              There were a couple of women this year who I felt could have held their own to the end, but got cut on what I consider "gimmicks" Too much immunity handed out in situations where it pretty much killed off some people who shouldn't have been killed off. Terry and Jesse were a joy to watch cook, but that was about it.

              1. re: Firegoat

                Yup. Agreed.

                Also - acknowledging that this gets a bit too deep into pop psychology to be valid - I feel that women in the industry know they face an uphill battle. And when the women this season were faced with "women vs men" they felt more pressure to represent as a group than the men did. And on top of that the immunity situations....ah well.

          2. I liked Top Chef Canada but the Collichio counterpart was sorta weird.... Plus they made them shop at his store!

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            1. re: C. Hamster

              I predicted it's demise a few months ago.
              Note to Susie: Next time call me first to OK the project. LOL>Not.

            2. I'm sad.

              Yes, it was a poor imitation of the American version. Yes, shopping at McEwan was lame. Yes, Mark McEwan was stilted and awkward. Yes, exciting contestants were rare and most were fairly pedestrian. But it was our very own version of Top Chef.

              As a fan of all things Top Chef, I will miss it, even though I know it's pretty boring. It's still better than lots of other crappy shows on the Food Network - Next Food Network Star, Rachael vs. Guy, Kitchen Casino etc. At least it was actually about cooking good food. Real cooking, not gimmicks and posing for the camera.

              Now what am I going to watch in between seasons of Top Chef US?

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              1. re: chefhound

                Seriously. If you want actual 'entertainment' visa vi all things cooking look no further the Floyd. There are DOZENS of the most wonderful episodes on Youtube.
                I'm talking QUALITY, not some moron with dyed yellow hair with his sun glasses on backward AKA appealing to the 'lowest common denominator' of cooking show viewers.
                'Class will always out' is the expression.
                Here's a start:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmxTD1...

              2. I loved TC Canada, as least as good as the US version, I like Mark McEwan (he always looks so spiffy) & Lisa Ray, I just wish I could get full episodes on YouTube.

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                1. re: thistle5

                  The episodes are available to stream from the Food Network Canada site, though obviously if you aren't in Canada that's not going to work

                  1. re: Blueicus

                    they had maybe the first 4 or so episodes on youtube.com then stopped posting them.

                2. After watching the previous seasons, I did not watch this season, as I was fed up with the regular judges.

                  As I didn't watch it anymore, I am not disappointed it is cancelled, but a part of me wishes they attempted to retool it with different judges (especially the head judge it) instead of ending it.

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                  1. re: aasg

                    As long as Canadian TV productions are literally controlled by the unions we can expect to get what we have been getting for decades.
                    You want to put on a 'cooking show' in Canada you are going to need to employ the same 300 hundred union members. The same dudes who got the lighting/camera angels "not quite right" on 'Chuck's Day Off' are not getting the lighting "not quite right" on this last failure.
                    It will never end.

                  2. I won't miss it. I think it had run its course.

                    Canada always follows up on these American shows with too little, too late. I'd rather watch reruns of The Urban Peasant or Wok with Yan.

                    1. I watched the first three seasona online all at once. While I do not think most of the chefs were of the calibre of the contestants of the American version, many of them were great chefs and creative. I also enjoyed the backstories.

                      I have not figured out how to watch TC Canada Season 4 online.

                      (I have several dozen Canadian relatives, from Timmons, Toronto, Moosejaw, to Vancouver.)