Food Network Canada Unwraps A Holiday Surprise: Anna Olson Joins Iron Chef Canada

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December 6, 2018


Celebrity Chef Anna Olson Revealed as an Iron Chef
in Special Holiday Episode

The Seasonal Showdown Airs December 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
on Food Network Canada

Watch the promo here

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TORONTO, December 6, 2018 – This holiday season, Iron Chef Canada’s Chairman requested an epic baking battle for the ages. This fall’s #1 Canadian program* on Food Network Canada, and a top five network performer*, Iron Chef Canada warmly welcomes celebrity chef, television personality and best-selling cookbook author Anna Olson as a special guest Iron Chef in this festive episode. The powerhouse all-baking showdown will feature Chef Olson battling challenger and pastry chef of Toronto, Ont.’s Forno Cultura, Laura White. The must-see holiday battle airs December 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Canada.

Iron Chef Anna Olson is a Food Network Canada celebrity chef and internationally recognized as Canada’s baking sweetheart. Chef Olson is trained in savoury cooking, and is equally known for her pastry-making abilities. Her challenger, Laura White, is a pastry fanatic who initially worked as a savoury chef, only to find her true passion for baking in 2000 while working at Iron Chef Susur Lee’s Susur Restaurant. Chef White is now the pastry chef at the acclaimed artisanal Italian bakery Forno Cultura in Toronto.

On December 12, Iron Chef Olson faces challenger Chef White in a seasonal showdown that is all about nuts – aptly named “Battle Nutcracker ‘Sweet’.” Sous chefs Lisa Rollo and Mia Bachmaier join Iron Chef Olson, while Chef White brings sous chefs Christina D’Angela and Andrea Mastrandrea into Kitchen Stadium for their blizzard of baking excellence. The judges’ panel includes Montreal Gazette restaurant critic Lesley Chesterman, food writer Adam Gollner, and host of the upcoming new Food Network Canada series Big Food Bucket List, John Catucci, as they critique the final dishes and declare a winner.

In each episode of Iron Chef Canada, a worthy chef challenger is pitted against one of the legendary Iron Chefs, Hugh AchesonAmanda CohenLynn CrawfordRob Feenie, Susur Lee and now Anna Olson, in an epic culinary showdown. The Chairman kicks off each battle revealing the secret ingredient that must be incorporated in each of their five dishes while host Gail Simmons, alongside floor reporter Chris Nuttall-Smith, provide a rundown of all the culinary action.

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Iron Chef Canada is produced by Proper Television in association with Corus Entertainment’s Food Network Canada and based on the original ‘Iron Chef’ Series Produced by Fuji Television Network, Inc.

*Source: Numeris PPM Data. FL18 STD (Aug 27/18 – Nov 18/18) – confirmed data, 3+ airings. Total Canada/AMA(000). Ranker based on Food Network programs. A25-54.

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Since opening its doors in 2004, Proper Television has become one of Canada’s premier production companies, creating more than 600 hours of smart, fresh and compelling factual programming for audiences around the world. Proper’s award-winning slate includes original productions like Last Stop Garage, Vegas Rat Rods, Tougher Than It Looks, Under New Management and Don’t Drive Here, as well as home grown versions of big international formats such as MasterChef Canada, The Great Canadian Baking Show, Canada’s Worst Driver, Storage Wars Canada, Four Weddings Canada and Come Dine with Me Canada. Proper Television is a Boat Rocker Media Company.

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Emily Crane
Associate Publicist, Lifestyle Content
Corus Entertainment

Christine Liber
Unit Publicist, Iron Chef Canada
Proper Television
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