Food Network's 'Chopped' Series To Get Local Version in Canada

Shaw Media will make or crush the dreams of Canadian chefs as part of an adaptation of the TV competition series by indie producer Paperny Entertainment.

TORONTO – The U.S. Food Network cooking competition series Chopped is headed to Canada.

Shaw Media, which airs the popular U.S. series on its Food Network Canada cable channel, has tapped indie producer Paperny Entertainment to produce a local version ahead of a winter 2014 debut.

The Canadian broadcaster inked the format deal with Scripps Networks Interactive, with whom it has a long-standing supply deal for Food Network Canada.

The U.S. Chopped series has aired on Food Network Canada since 2009.

The Canadian version, the latest format deal that sees popular U.S. shows adapted for north of the border, will similarly see four local chefs per-episode beat the clock to complete a dish using mystery ingredients.

Food Network Canada has done well with local versions of other U.S. formats, including Top Chef Canada, as part of a deal with NBCUniversal-owned Bravo.

The original Canadian TV food competition series Recipe to Riches from Temple Street Productions was earlier sold as a format by FremantleMedia to Australia’s Network Ten.