– Voting is now open for Canada’s favourite Little Chef –

– Two finalists will participate in a cook off for the Grand Prize on THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW
with coaching from MASTERCHEF CANADA’s Michael Bonacini –

TORONTO (November 2, 2015) – Following a month-long cross-country search, CTV’s THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and The Little Potato Company have revealed the Top 10 semifinalists in The Little Chef Casting Call. The finalists – all 12-years-old and under and heralding from British Columbia to New Brunswick – represent the best “little chefs” from across Canada. Beginning today until Sunday, Nov. 29, Canadians can view videos of the Top 10 Little Chefs at work and vote for their favourite at Marilyn.ca. Voters are entered into a contest with a chance to win one of four weekly prize packs from The Little Potato Company.

In addition to personality, cooking skill and presentation, voter support for each video will be considered when choosing the two Little Chef finalists who will advance to the final round. Once in the final round, the Little Chef finalists will take part in a head-to-head cook off with coaching from MASTERCHEF CANADA’s Michael Bonacini live on CTV on THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW on Dec. 14. Up for grabs is the grand prize of a family adventure for three people in Paris, courtesy of The Little Potato Company, including airfare, accommodation, two-day park passes to an entertainment resort, and an ultimate culinary experience.

After THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and The Little Potato Company put out a culinary casting call to children aged 8-13 last month, the judging panel faced the difficult job of selecting The Top 10 semifinalists from hundreds of excellent submissions to Marilyn.ca. Now, the Top 10 are revealed:

The Little Chef Casting Call Top 10

  • Emily Brown (8), Milestone, SK
  • Cara Chow (10), Richmond Hill, ON
  • Chris de Henestrosa (11), Aurora, ON<
  • Fergus Keenan (10), Toronto, ON
  • Rowan McInnis (9), Rothesay, NB
  • Stephanie Rao (11), Vaughan, ON
  • Olivia Scheepers (9), Vancouver, BC
  • Teyton Soll (10), Edmonton, AB
  • Chloe Street (12), Calgary, AB
  • Naia Tement (9), Richmond Hill, ON

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 to 7, 8 to 10, and 11 to 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, Little Chef Potato Skins, and more.

The contest is being promoted and featured at major retailers across Canada and supported at the store level with “Little Chef Program” support material and promotional programs.

About The Little Potato Company

The Little Potato Company specializes in little Creamer potatoes which are grown to be naturally buttery tasting, loaded with nutrition, easy to prepare, and offer diverse, colourful, and fun varieties. Several unique varieties are available in produce sections across Canada and the U.S. and have been delighting food lovers for almost 20 years. These little Creamers are sold pre-washed and cooked in about 15 minutes. They’re also available in convenient Oven|Grill and Microwave Ready packs combining Creamers, gluten-free seasoning mix, and specialty trays for an even easier and also delicious experience.


Hosted by Marilyn Denis and broadcast live before a studio audience, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is a daily lifestyle and entertainment talk show featuring Canadian and international celebrities and experts. Celebrities who have appeared on THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW include Sir Elton John, Shania Twain, Diane Keaton, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman, Catherine O’Hara, Michael Bublé, Lionel Richie, Amy Poehler, and many more. Top lifestyle experts who have appeared on the show include Jamie Oliver, Dr. Oz, Rocco DiSpirito, Jillian Michaels, Randy Fenoli, Scott McGillivray, The Property Brothers, and more. THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is produced by Bell Media Production, and Michelle Crespi is Executive Producer. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President, Bell Media Production. Mike Cosentino is Head, of Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media. More information about THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, including ticket information, can be found at Marilyn.ca.

About CTV

CTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 14 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.

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