Gusto Gets an A+ in April with Back-to-Back New Episodes of A IS FOR APPLE

— March 24, 2017

– Chefs Lauren Gulyas, Robert Jewell, and Theresa Visintin, explore fresh and unexpected food pairings across 24 new episodes in exclusive Gusto Original –
– April also ushers in Season 6 of culinary competition on MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA, along with new episodes of JAMIE & JIMMY’S FOOD FIGHT CLUB, RACHEL’S COASTAL COOKING, BRITAIN’S BEST BAKERY, FISH THE DISH, and THE URBAN VEGETARIAN –

TORONTO (March 24, 2017) Chef knives are at the ready as April welcomes a new installment of cooking adventures on Gusto. Fun and fresh, clever and challenging,  Gusto original series A IS FOR APPLE returns with a new set of culinary explorations anchored in ingredients inspired by letters of the alphabet. From Gusto Worldwide Media, the 24-episode, 30-minute original series airs in back-to-back episodes Mondays at 9 p.m. ET and 9:30 p.m. ET beginning April 3, exclusively on Gusto. Returning chefs Lauren Gulyas and Robert Jewell are joined by culinary expert Theresa Visintin this season in this unconventional weekly food challenge. The chef trio kicks off Gusto’s week of programming, ahead of an all-new Season 6 of culinary competition sensation MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA, airing weeknights at 10 p.m. ET, beginning April 3. For information on Gusto’s series, chefs, recipes, how-to videos, and more, visit gustotv.com. **Media Note: Screeners and publicity photos are available online at https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr First up, exploring the world of food and ingredients by challenging chefs to create recipes based on letters of the alphabet, Gusto’s A IS FOR APPLE returns with a new set of culinary adventures. Each half hour follows one of three chefs as they challenge themselves to cook with ingredients that don’t traditionally go together. Randomly picking a letter of the alphabet, chefs Gulyas, Jewell, and Visintin go shopping for two very different ingredients that start with that letter (apricot and avocado, beef and buttermilk, coconut and crab, to name a few). Then, it’s back to the kitchen where they create mouthwatering dishes for each ingredient. As a final challenge, the hosts dig deep and come up with one crazy but delicious dish that combines both ingredients. In the first set of back-to-back new episodes  (Monday, April 3 at 9 p.m. ET on Gusto), “L” is on the menu and Chef Robert Jewell rolls up his sleeves to combine lamb and licorice in one dish, followed by Theresa Visintin’s transformation of mango and mustard when she takes on the letter “M”. Also arriving this month on Gusto is Season 6 of home cook face-off competition series MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA (Mondays at 10 p.m. ET, beginning April 3). Judged by top Australian Chefs, Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris, and Matt Preston, 50 of Australia's best home cooks battle it out in the kitchen to earn the title of MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA. One of the most popular editions in the MASTERCHEF franchise, this season’s competition turns up the heat in the kitchen, as the top home cooks struggle for power and the ultimate prize, from pressure tests to elimination challenges to the final cook. Gusto’s food fun continues throughout the month, with all-new episodes of JAMIE & JIMMY’S FOOD FIGHT CLUB (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET), RACHEL’S COASTAL COOKING (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET), and BRITAIN’S BEST BAKERY (Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET),  along with episodes of THE URBAN VEGETARIAN (Fridays at 9:00 p.m. ET), and hit series FISH THE DISH (Fridays at 9:30 p.m. ET). For interviews with the A IS FOR APPLE Chefs please contact Tonia Addison at tonia.addison@bellmedia.ca. For Gusto’s complete April programming schedule, click here. A IS FOR APPLE is created by Chris Knight, President and CEO, Gusto Worldwide Media. Bell Media Production Executive is Robin Johnston. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.

About Bell Media Original Programming:
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and Ilana Banks’ new detective drama. Among the original series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are Space’s internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK as well as KILLJOYS and DARK MATTER; Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2; CraveTV comedies LETTERKENNY and WHAT WOULD SAL DO?; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; and nine series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.

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 ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH, as well as acquired series from stars such as Jamie Oliver and Martha Stewart. Gusto is distributed to more than five million households across Canada and is also available online at www.gustotv.com 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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