Dec 10, 2019

Comedian Emma Hunter (Mr. D) to host new Canadian unscripted format, premiering winter 2020 on CBC and CBC Gem

CBC today announced Emma Hunter (Mr. D, The Beaverton) as the host of the new culinary competition series FRIDGE WARS (6x60), premiering Thursday, February 27 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service.  An original Canadian format produced by CBC, FRIDGE WARS pits two celebrity chefs against one another with a challenge to create extraordinary meals using only the ingredients taken from the ordinary fridges of Canadian families. The improvised dinners must win over two families who act as judges to determine which chef wins each epic battle.

Canadian chefs facing off on FRIDGE WARS this season are:

  •         Matt Basile vs Massimo Capra
  •         Nadia G vs Rodney Bowers
  •         Shahir Massoud vs Wallace Wong
  •         Shane Chartrand vs Joshna Maharaj
  •         La-toya Fagon vs Julie Miguel
  •         Nicole Gomes vs Dustin Gallagher

Find more information about each celebrity chef here

Each episode begins in the first family’s home where Hunter conducts a surprise fridge raid taking everything from last week’s leftover lasagna and the condiment collection, to that questionable bag of frozen vegetables circa 2016. With the ingredients in-hand, the competition heats up at the FRIDGE WARS studio where two of Canada’s best chefs are given 45 minutes to create a masterpiece – cooking with the ingredients they’ve never seen for people they’ve never met. 

When time’s up, the family takes their place at the dining room table, tasting each meal and scoring them on look, taste and originality. The results go in the FRIDGE WARS vault and the competition takes place again with a second family and another fridge full of challenging ingredients – this time upping the ante with a ‘What the Fridge’ (WTF) challenge that forces both chefs to adapt to a totally unique culinary crisis. With both families’ scores tabulated, the final scene reveals which chef created the most mouth-watering masterpieces and is named this week’s FRIDGE WARS champion.

FRIDGE WARS is a CBC original series, co-produced and co-created by CBC and The Gurin Company Inc.  The Executive Producer is Tracie Tighe, the Showrunner is Barry Davis, and the series Producer is Jeff Thrasher. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Jennifer Dettman is Executive Director, Unscripted Content; Alexandra Lane is Senior Director of Production, Unscripted Content; and Ann-Marie Redmond is Executive in Charge of Production. FRIDGE WARS is presented in association with integrated sponsors Whirlpool Appliances, KitchenAid Small Appliances, Old El Paso, SpongeTowels® and Get Cracking®, and with the partnership of media agencies Cossette Media and Wavemaker.  


About CBC/Radio-Canada:

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

For further information, please contact: Elizabeth Reid – Publicist, CBC 416.205.2665