– Both semi-finalists, Bell and Sparling families from Comox, B.C. and Edmonton, Alta. respectively, awarded trips to Tuscany, Italy valued at $15,000 each –

TORONTO (December 20, 2017) – CTV’s THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and The Little Potato Company held their annual Little Chef Family Edition Competition on today’s episode of the daytime series, which declared both semi-finalists, the Bell and Sparling families, from Comox, B.C. and Edmonton, Alta. respectively, champions of the cook-off series.

Culinary experts including Chef Michael Bonacini, Vijaya Selvaraju, and Angela Santiago, the Co-Founder and CEO Of The Little Potato Company, served as judges for the family cook-off, which proved to be too close to call. In the end, each family was awarded a trip to Tuscany, Italy. Valued at $15,000 each and courtesy of The Little Potato Company, the trip includes airfare, accommodation, and an exciting culinary experience.

During the cook-off, the Bell family made pork tenderloin stuffed with green veggies, roasted winter root, and mashed Little Potatoes. The Sparling family made Little Potato gnocchi, Little Potato Skins, and caprese skewers. Visit Marilyn.ca to view the full episode online. 

This was the third year of the Little Chef contest. THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and The Little Potato Company would like to thank all those who took the time to enter the competition and show off their cooking skills. Video submissions came in from across the country following the casting call on Sept. 11. Eventually, the list of thousands was narrowed down to 10 semi-finalists. From there, submissions were voted on by viewers online at Marilyn.ca, and the Top 2 finalists were determined.

The Little Chef Family Edition Competition was promoted and featured at major retailers across Canada and supported at the store level with “Little Chef Program” support material and promotional programs.

THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET / 9 a.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO.

About The Little Potato Company

The Little Potato Company passionately focuses only on little Creamer potatoes. Creamers are highly nutritious, fully mature, and naturally delicious small specialty potatoes coveted by foodies and chefs alike. Their exclusive and colorful Creamer varieties are available in produce sections across the Canada and the US. These popular little Creamers are sold pre-washed and can be cooked in just 5 minutes. They’re also available in convenient Oven|Grill and Microwave Ready packs combining Creamers, tasty seasoning mix, and specialty trays for even easier preparation and a delicious dining experience. The family-owned company celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016. For recipe ideas and inspiration, visit LittlePotatoes.com or join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest @LittlePotatoCo


Hosted by Marilyn Denis and taped 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 Harry Connick Jr., Eric McCormack, Carrie Underwood, Amy Poehler, Victor Garber, Tatiana Maslany, Michael Bublé, Diane Keaton, Jason Momoa, Shania Twain, Catherine O’Hara, Keith Urban, Sarah McLachlan, Jann Arden, Erica Durance, and many more. Top lifestyle experts who have appeared on the show include Jamie Oliver, Dr. Oz and Daphne Oz, Anthony Bourdain, The Kitchen Cousins, John Edward, Mike Holmes, Scott McGillivray, The Property Brothers, Bryan Baeumler, and more. THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is produced by Bell Media Studios, and Michelle Crespi is Executive Producer. John Simpson is Co-Executive Producer. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President and Head, Bell Media Studios. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. More information about THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, including ticket information, can be found at Marilyn.ca, as well on social media @TheMarilynShow.

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 16 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.