- Pressure Cooker, featuring Giles Coren as tasting expert and host Anne-Marie Withenshaw, challenges home cooks to race against the clock for a grand prize of one year’s worth of groceries
- Giles Coren, the Million Dollar Critic, reviews food hotspots across North America, and meets with Mayor Rob Ford in the first episode to discuss Toronto’s Best Hot Dog
- W Network’s food block premieres with Pressure Cooker and Million Dollar Critic back-to-back on Tuesday, October 7 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT
(Toronto, Ontario) This fall, Tuesday’s get hot inthe kitchen as W Network launches anew food programming block with the premiere of two new original series, Pressure Cooker, a primetime culinary competitionshow, and Million Dollar Critic,a critique ofNorth America’s most enticing and interesting restaurants. The two seriespremiere back-to-back on Tuesday, October 7, with PressureCooker airing at 9 p.m. ET/PT and MillionDollar Critic airing at 10 p.m. ET/PT on W Network.
PressureCooker (10×60) illustrates the real-lifepressures of cooking at home when time is tight and ingredients are scarce,pitting skilled home cooks against the clock – and each other. Million Dollar Critic (6×60) takes U.K.based restaurant critic Giles Coren to cities across North America toreview up-and-coming or authentic food establishments to determine which will receive his million-dollarreview. To view a sneak peek of Pressure Cooker click here. To view a sneak peek of Million Dollar Critic click here.
(Above left: Giles Coren in Million Dollar Critic; Above centre:Anne-Marie Withenshaw in Pressure Cooker;Above right: Guest chef Rocco DiSpirito and Giles Coren in Pressure Cooker)
Million Dollar Critic and Pressure Cooker are part ofa new food programming block on W Network
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“Everyone loves food, from cooking in todining out, and W Network’s two new series give our audiences the best of bothworlds,”said John MacDonald, VicePresident, Head of Women’s and Family Television, Corus Entertainment. “Theseries are connected by foodie extraordinaire, Giles Coren, known in the U.K.for his outspoken opinions and spot-on reviews of restaurants and chefs. We areexcited to introduce Canadian audiences to this food superstar.”
Pressure Cooker features Giles Coren(The F-Word, Million Dollar Critic), as the tasting expert alongside host Anne-Marie Withenshaw; an award-winningentertainment and live event TV personality. Each episode features fourcompetitors vying for one of the largest weekly grand prizes in Canadiantelevision – one year’s worth of fresh groceries from Walmart SuperCentres.Each week two celebrity guest chefs who will serve as coaches for thecompetitors as they show how creative you can be with the same ingredients.Guest chefs include: Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes, Iron Chef America), Hugh Acheson (Top Chef), Rocco DiSpirito(Top Chef), Stefano Faita (In The KitchenWith Stefano Faita), AlexGuarnaschelli (Chopped, Iron ChefAmerica), Rodney Bowers (chefand owner, Hey Meatball!), Graham Elliot(Masterchef judge), Nadia Giosia (Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen), AnneBurrell (Secrets of a RestaurantChef, Iron Chef America), EricGreenspan (The Next Iron Chef) and DJ BBQ (YouTube star on Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube).
On Pressure Cooker, home cooks arefaced with the eternal dilemma – what do you cook when you have only a fewrandom ingredients in the kitchen and not a lot of time to prepare them? In each episode, guestcelebrity chefs are paired with skilled home cooks in a culinary contestcombining great cooking and mischievous game show mechanics with a twist – homecooks must select their ingredients from a specially designed conveyor beltthat kicks in at timed intervals, and whatever they choose, they must use. Pressure Cooker is produced byBristow Global Media, in association with W Network and is based on an originalconcept created by Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions.
Leadbroadcast and grocery sponsor Walmart Canada provides food staples in the GreatValue branded pantry as well as the fresh food on the Pressure Cooker conveyorbelt. Canadians can find fresh and accessible meal ideas from Pressure Cooker at Walmart.ca/recipes to use in their own kitchens. ESKA NaturalSpring Water has also signed on as the official water supplier for the season.
Million Dollar Critic also stars GilesCoren, the bitingly funny andcontroversial restaurant critic of one of the U.K.’s best-selling newspapers, The Times. His good opinion can bring asmuch as a million dollars of profit to those restaurants graced with his wordsof approval. He cannot be bought. He cannot be invited. If your place is good,then you hope he shows up. And if it is bad, then you better hope he doesn’t.And now he’s coming to North America. Giles doesn’t care about reputations. Heisn’t interested in fancy or flashy or famous. He is simply looking for a placethat offers him a drink when he sits down, that serves him a dish filled withlove, and doesn’t play the music so loudly that he can’t have a properconversation with his dinner companion. He’ll take everything the restaurantsthrow at him and throw it right back. And so, with his trusty researcher by hisside helping him navigate this strange and tasty new world, Giles traversescities and towns across Canada and the U.S., discovering the newest, freshest,and most authentic dining experiences. In each town, Giles visits fiverestaurants and grants one a million dollar review that could change theowner’s life forever. His reviews will also appear on Huffingtonpost.com and Wnetwork.com. Million Dollar Critic isproduced by Temple Street Production and BBC America, in association with WNetwork, and will be distributed by BBC Worldwide.
In episode one of Million Dollar Critic,premiering Tuesday, October 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, restaurantcritic and man of the world Giles Coren admits he knows very little aboutToronto and its rapidly growing food scene, so he makes it the first stop onthe Million Dollar Critic discovery tour of North America. Giles kicksoff his visit to Toronto in the Yorkville neighbourhood, with an inauguralCanadian dinner at one of the last bastions of 1990s culinary hype, Opus.Next, it’s an urban culture shock as Giles lunches at hugely popularIndo-Pakistani buffet, Mr. Butt’s King Place. Later, therural-boys-turned hipsters of Small Town Food Co. fancy their chanceswith Giles and special guest, Robin Doolittle, journalist, author andvegetarian. The grass roots discovery of Toronto continues at the famousKensington Market Mexican food stall turned resto, Agave y Aguacate.Later, in need of an infusion of energy, Giles heads to The Atlantic forhis farewell dinner. Will he be surprised at the skill and attitudes of Torontochefs? Will an encounter with controversial mayor, Rob Ford put Giles off hisfood (and the city) for good? Which restaurant will win Giles’ million dollarreview?
For more information on these series, please visit wnetwork.com.
About W Network
W Network is the leading destination for Canadian women offering arange of compelling entertainment ranging from original programming tolifestyle series, blockbuster movies and popular dramas. Award-winning WNetwork.com offersan appealing second-screen experience with in depth show information featuringarticles, videos, photo galleries, recipes and resource guides. With itsextensive research capabilities and consumer insights, W Network is recognizedas a leading expert in marketing to women. W Network is owned by Canadian-basedmedia and entertainment company Corus Entertainment. For more information,visit WNetwork.com and corusent.com.
AboutBristow Global Media Inc. (BGM)
Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM) is a Toronto basedcontent creation company, specializing in creating multiplatform content acrossall genres including scripted, lifestyle, reality, documentary and sports. The companywas launched in 2013 by leading broadcast executive and producer Julie Bristow,whose 20 year career at the CBC included the creation of award winningentertainment divisions, the launch of national digital media platforms and thestewardship of iconic sports brands. BGM is partnered with media companiesGroupM Entertainment and Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions in the UK forcontent development. BGM holds Canadian format rights to factual series HiddenTalent owned by American Expressand Silver River Productions and MissCountry Girlfrom Media Factoryas well as North American rights to LettersTo The President from Daniel Bertin and Small World IFT. In addition, BGM has recentlyacquired Canadian format rights for factual series’ Mob Wives from Electus International and You, Me and My Ex created by Buzz Productions and distributed byArmoza Formats.
About Temple Street Productions
Temple Street Productions is a leading producer oftelevision, film and digital media content based in Toronto and Los Angeles. Aselection of Temple Street’s past and present projects include ORPHAN BLACK(BBC America, Space), BEING ERICA (CBC, SOAPnet), THE NEXT STEP (FamilyChannel), WINGIN’ IT (Family Channel), COOK’D (YTV), OVER THE RAINBOW (CBC),RECIPE TO RICHES (CBC), COVER ME CANADA (CBC), BILLABLE HOURS (Global,Showcase), CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (CTV), HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKEMARIA? (CBC), QUEER AS FOLK (Showtime, Showcase), and DARCY’S WILD LIFE (NBC,Discovery Kids, Family Channel).
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