Gusto Unwraps Brand-New Festive Specials and Marathons this Holiday Season

— November 24, 2017

– All-new Gusto original special, MICHAEL BONACINI’S CHRISTMAS AT THE FARM, premieres December 2 –
– Gusto introduces more holiday specials with the premieres of EAT WELL FOR LESS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL and JAMIE’S ITALIAN CHRISTMAS –
– The festive lineup includes holiday-themed marathons featuring beloved seasonal specials from Jamie Oliver, Martha Stewart, Lorraine Pascale, Rachel Allen, and more –

TORONTO (November 24, 2017) Gusto kicks off the entertaining season by revealing three new holiday specials: the all-new original special MICHAEL BONACINI’S CHRISTMAS AT THE FARM (December 2); the Canadian premiere of EAT WELL FOR LESS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (December 9); and JAMIE’S ITALIAN CHRISTMAS (December 19) from Gusto fan-favourite Jamie Oliver. All December long, viewers can also indulge in Gusto’s best food and lifestyle programming with deliciously entertaining marathons, including fan-favourite Christmas specials from years past; a dinner and a movie marathon featuring themed recipes from MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 3 winner Mary Berg; and a feast of television and movie marathons, including MARTHA & SNOOP'S POTLUCK DINNER PARTY and Gusto’s #1 series with A25-54, JAMIE’S QUICK & EASY FOOD. The first course on Gusto's holiday menu is served up by MASTERCHEF CANADA judge Michael Bonacini, as he takes viewers to his Ontario farm where he recreates classic Welsh and Italian dishes from his childhood in the all-new original special MICHAEL BONACINI’S CHRISTMAS AT THE FARM, Saturday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Then, Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin don their Santa hats to help viewers save money and time on Christmas dinner in the Canadian premiere of EAT WELL FOR LESS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, airing Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Premiering Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, Jamie Oliver inspires viewers with Italian dinner recipes sure to impress this holiday season in the new special JAMIE’S ITALIAN CHRISTMAS. Gusto also delivers a smorgasbord of marathons this festive season, including the “Christmas Specials Marathon” beginning Friday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, which features a variety of holiday specials from Jamie Oliver, Lorraine Pascale, Rachel Allen, the hosts of Gusto’s ONE WORLD KITCHEN, and more. Viewers can also ring in the New Year with a “Jamie Oliver Mega-Marathon,” which includes his latest series, JAMIE’S QUICK & EASY FOOD, beginning Monday, Jan. 1 at 12 midnight ET/9 p.m. PT, as well as a "Martha & Snoop-A-Thon" beginning with the first episode of Season 1 at 3 p.m. ET/12 noon PT on Monday, Jan. 1. Additionally, Gusto’s DINNER AND A MOVIE sees MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 3 winner Mary Berg create themed recipe ideas to pair with movies on Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Throughout each film, Berg invites special guests to cook alongside her as she details fun and easy recipes for films, including all-new treats for the premieres of UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN (December 1), ELF (December 8), and DECK THE HALLS (December 15). **Media Note: For the complete list of Gusto’s holiday marathon programming, synopses, and photography, click here. All programming is subject to change (visit to confirm local broadcast times). For information on Gusto series, chefs, recipes, how-to videos, and more, visit MICHAEL BONACINI’S CHRISTMAS AT THE FARM is created by Chris Knight, President and CEO, Gusto Worldwide Media. Bell Media Production Executive is Danielle Pearson. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.

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 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.

Source: Numeris, Current broadcast year-to-date = 8/28/2017 to 11/12/2017, Final Data.


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