TORONTO (September 12, 2016) – It’s a culinary contest like no other! Launching today, little chefs across Canada have the opportunity to showcase their talent and put their cooking skills to the test on CTV’s THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW. For the second year in a row, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and MASTERCHEF CANADA’s Michael Bonacini have partnered with The Little Potato Company to create The Little Chef Casting Call. The contest gives young Canadian chefs the chance to appear on CTV as well as win the culinary trip of a lifetime for their family to Rome, Italy.To enter the casting call, families must visit Marilyn.ca and submit a video of their little chef cooking an original recipe that includes small potatoes. The contest is open to all Canadian children aged 8-13. Videos will be accepted for five weeks beginning today, Monday, Sept. 12. The casting call will culminate with two finalists going head-to-head on THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW to compete for the grand prize of a family adventure for four people in Rome, courtesy of The Little Potato Company. The prize includes airfare, seven nights’ accommodation, and an incredible culinary experience for the travelers. “This partnership gives children the chance to enter the kitchen alongside one of the country’s top chefs, and show all of Canada their cooking skills,” said Laird White, Director, Brand Partnerships, Bell Media. “We are excited to see how these little chefs follow up last year’s group of creative cooks!” After the initial call for entries, 10 finalists will be selected by a judging panel and Canadians will be able to vote for their favourite Little Chef at Marilyn.ca. Each semi-finalist wins a culinary prize pack valued at $225. Following the voting period, the judging panel will select the two finalists who will travel to Toronto with their families to appear in an episode of THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW to compete in a cook-off for a chance to win the grand prize trip. More details about Top 10 and voting will be provided in the coming weeks. Viewers can visit Marilyn.ca for full rules and regulations. The contest will be promoted and featured at major retailers across Canada and supported at store level with “Little Chef Program” support material and promotional programs. The Little Chef Program provides tools and tips to help parents cook with their kids. The Program includes Little Chef Approved recipes, age-appropriate tasks for kids 5-7, 8-10, and 11-13 years old, and information about the important skills they’ll learn as their kitchen skills evolve. The Little Chef Approved recipes are popular not only with kids, but with adults, too. Recipes include Smashed Potato Pizza and Bacon Wrapped Creamer Potatoes and more.