Cuisine and Culture Find Their Roots in the Gusto Original Series DNA DINNERS, Premiering November 15

— November 1st, 2018

– The 16-episode, half-hour culinary adventure series explores participant’s heritage through culturally-inspired meals –
– DNA DINNERS enlists the help of chefs to explore ingredients inspired by participants’ ancestry –
– Each episode features a creative recipe that blends flavours and ingredients of two diverse cuisines –

You Are Unique, We Are all the Same

TORONTO (November 1, 2018) – Food connects us to our history and has the ability to bring us together. In that spirit, Gusto delivers its newest original series DNA DINNERS, airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning Nov. 15. Hosted by ETALK reporter Tyrone Edwards, the 16-episode series explores how the meals we share reflect culture, food, and identity. In each episode, participants complete an AncestryDNA test to discover their ancestral origins, and with the help of expert chefs, are introduced to ingredients, iconic dishes, and cooking techniques from each individual’s background. Each episode culminates in a dinner with family, friends, and loved ones, who share a meal prepared by the participant that combines one of the newly-discovered regions from their DNA results and their known familial heritage. DNA DINNERS is brought to Gusto’s table through an innovative agreement between Bell Media, Gusto Worldwide Media, and Ancestry which highlights the undeniable link between family and food. With AncestryDNA’s ability to trace an individual’s heritage from more than 350 regions around the world, the culinary potential of DNA DINNERS is far-reaching. Based on an innovative format by Chris Knight and produced by Gusto Worldwide Media, the original series brings an unparalleled culinary perspective to Gusto. For information on DNA DINNERS participants and chefs, including photography assets, click here. In the premiere episode of DNA DINNERS, South African-born participant Shameen Miller discovers a surprising element to her heritage. Although familiar with her immediate background, Miller has questions about her ancestors. DNA DINNERS host Tyrone Edwards surprises Miller with the results of her AncestryDNA test that includes traces of Filipino roots. Marking the beginning of her culinary journey to discover her newfound culture, Miller is introduced to expert Filipino chef Mila, who demonstrates Filipino cooking techniques and provides Miller with the tools to create her own South African-Filipino inspired meal. Viewers can catch encore airings of DNA DINNERS Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning November 17 on CTV2.  


Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has 3 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and almost 10 million people in its consumer DNA network, making it the largest in the world. Since 1996, more than 20 billion records have been added to Ancestry’s databases, and users have created more than 100 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, AncestryProGenealogists, and Fold3. AncestryDNA is owned and operated by DNA, LLC, a subsidiary of, LLC.

About Gusto Worldwide Media:

Gusto Worldwide Media is the world’s leading producer of native 4K food and cooking programming, available for television and digital platforms.Our original content celebrates food in the most gorgeous way possible, taking viewers on culinary journeys while showcasing unique, talented chefs and home cooks from a range of backgrounds. Some of our popular titles include One World Kitchen, Fish the Dish, A is for Apple, The Urban Vegetarian, The Latin Kitchen, Spencer’s BIG 30, Watts on the Grill, and Bonacini’s Italy. Gusto Worldwide Media stands out with visually stunning and engaging shows that inspire food lovers around the globe. In 2013, Gusto Worldwide Media launched the linear pay-tv channel, Gusto TV. In 2016, Bell Media launched the premium life style channel Gusto, anchored by Gusto TV’s productions. In 2018, Gusto Worldwide Media launched Gusto TV in Singapore and the US, with more rollouts to come.

About Gusto:
Gusto, Bell Media’s first food and lifestyle channel, features a delicious mix of creative cooking and food programming paired with exciting home renovation, travel, and lifestyle shows. Gusto features a menu of original Canadian series and specials produced in 4K including SPENCER’S BIG 30, WATTS ON THE GRILL, FLOUR POWER, and FRESH MARKET DINNERS as well as acquired series from stars such as Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver and Martha Stewart. Gusto is distributed to more than five million households across Canada and is also available online at and on-demand via participating television service providers. Gusto is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.


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