TORONTO (October 3, 2018) – CTV, in association with Boat Rocker Media, announced today that production has begun on MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH. The all-new, thirty-episode, half-hour series will air on CTV, Gusto, and ultimately stream on demand from the new CTV Super Hub, as part of the new lifestyle brand, CTV Life. The series will be distributed by Boat Rocker Rights.
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.
“MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH is the latest example of our strategy to double down on the lifestyle category, creating new, sponsor-friendly programming that will drive linear ratings and digital demand,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media.
“Mary Berg’s passion for cooking is the most important ingredient in the culinary masterpieces that she creates,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. “We are delighted to welcome MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH to our portfolio of original programming, and we are excited to share this 30-course celebration of food with our audience. We know they will love it.”
“Since winning Season 3 of MASTERCHEF CANADA, Mary Berg has earned a committed and ever-growing culinary following with her creativity, skill, warmth, and humour,” says Cathie James, Co-President of Proper Television. “MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH is inspiring, informative, and celebrates creativity and connection through food.”
“MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH is all about food, friends, family and having fun in the kitchen,” said host Mary Berg. “Food is the one thing that has a magical ability to bring people together and convey so much love in just a few bites. I’m so excited to share my table with everyone.”
Mary Berg has spent most of her life cooking and baking for those she loves and building a strong appreciation for the connective powers of beautiful, home-cooked food. In each episode of MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH, she demonstrates her culinary skill and creativity with three to four original recipes – inspired by someone who has made a meaningful impact on her life. The resulting meal is like an edible love letter for family members and close friends. We’ll hear about the memories that motivated her menu choices as she guides viewers clearly through her recipes, offering up plenty of illuminating tips, and take-aways.
Mary Berg’s meteoric culinary journey took off after capturing the Season 3 title of MASTERCHEF CANADA. She can be seen regularly as a food expert on CTV’s YOUR MORNING and THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and can be found developing recipes for shows, food, beverage brands, and her blog A Small Stove. Berg has also started working on her first of two cookbooks to be released in September 2019 and Spring/Summer 2021.
MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH is a CTV and Boat Rocker Media Co-Production, produced by Proper Television (MASTERCHEF CANADA). Cathie James, Allison Grace, and Lesia Capone serve as Executive Producers and Garrett Wintrip as Series Producer. For Bell Media, Tina Apostolopoulos serves as Production Executive. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.