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Victoria Revay is a producer for foodnetwork.ca. Her work has taken her across Canada and the world, creating and editing lifestyle content. When her OOO is turned on, she’s hanging out with her son, Ottavio or probably going for a run.
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5 New Releases to Binge on Amazon Prime This October

October on Food Network is a food lover’s paradise. Whether it’s getting scary-good baking inspiration from all of the awesome Halloween shows or tuning into new crave-worthy seasons of some returning favourites, there is something for everyone on Food Network Canada on STACKTV with Amazon Prime Video Channels. 

Dinner Impossible

When to Watch: New season premieres October 6 at 10 PM ET/PT

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For each seemingly impossible mission, host Robert Irvine (Restaurant Impossible) must cook an extraordinary meal, for a group of special people, using limited resources. From the California coast to the woods of Michigan, Robert is pushed to his max as he battles the elements – and the clock – to deliver a world-class meal.

Chopped: Alton’s Maniacal Baskets  

When to Watch: Premieres October 5 at 10 PM ET/PT

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Chopped: Alton’s Maniacal Baskets features Alton Brown (Good Eats: Reloaded) harnessing the power of his large social media following, as he joins forces with his fans to come up with maniacal ingredients that are sure to have the competitors in disbelief. The winning chef goes home with the $50,000 cash prize. Think victory will come easily in any of the battles? Not with Alton Brown in town.

Related: See More Recipes From Alton Brown

Trisha’s Southern Kitchen 

When to Watch: New season premieres October 17 at 11:30 AM ET/PT

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Whether it’s for entertaining, celebrating the holidays or just a day hanging out with her friends, country music star and best-selling cookbook author Trisha Yearwood’s recipes always have a story to tell and are fun and easy to make.

See More: Iconic Southern Comfort Food, From Cornbread to Fried Chicken

Carnival Eats 

When to Watch: New season premieres October 9 at 8 PM ET/PT

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Noah Cappe is back on the road, showing off the best Hawaii has to offer, then even making a stop in Vancouver, British Columbia to visit a winter wonderland festival as he continues his quest for the best carnival eats.

Related: Watch Carnival Eats Extras Online

Symon’s Dinners Cooking Out

When to Watch: New season premieres October 30 at 10:30 AM ET/PT

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Michael Symon (BBQ Brawl, Burgers Brew and Que, Iron Chef Gauntlet) is back grilling up some of his all-time favorite dishes in this season of Symon’s Dinners Cooking Out. Michael lays out his tips and tricks for creating amazing meals in the great outdoors.

Watch and stream all your favourite Food Network Canada shows through STACKTV with Amazon Prime Video Channels, or with the new Global TV app, live and on-demand when you sign-in with your cable subscription.

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Carla Hall Shares Her Favourite Moments From This Season (Plus, the Trend She Predicts for 2022)

She’s neither a fan of slasher movies nor psychological thrillers. But on this season of Halloween Baking Championship, Carla Hall says expect to see plenty of scary challenges incorporating those themes. That’s because this season, the show is playing homage to 1980’s slashers movies  both ionic, obscure and just downright freaky.

Carla Hall on the set of Halloween Baking Championship

Carla is joined yet again by her co-judges, Pastry Chefs Stephanie Boswell and Zack Young, as well as host John Henson to help choose this season’s winner. Carla says the group’s common shared interests, such as acting and overall rapport is a huge part of why she thinks Halloween Baking Championship has been such a fan favourite all these years and why it continues to be one of the most entertaining shows.

Related: Halloween Baking Championship: Meet the Season 7 Bakers

“ I think the bakers are great, but [the cast] there is a sense of family with John and my fellow judges,” Carla says. “We just don’t keep ourselves strapped with boundaries. We really play and we get into the characters that we dress up as. And no other show has the costumes. I think the costumes every year just level up.”

Judges look at a pie on this season of Halloween Baking Championship

Carla Hall’s Highlights From Halloween Baking Championship

Speaking of levelling up, Carla says fans can expect to see bakers create some of the scariest cakes to date with the set and costumes coming in a close second! “This year, the network allowed us to get really scary [meaning] we can have skin hanging off of our faces,” said Carla.

“The fact that the setting of the show is at Camp Devil’s Food Lake, so [think] legs, scariness, spookiness, things jumping out at you you can plan on all of that. I might not be able to tell you when it’s going to happen, but just know it’s going to happen.”

Finished pie on a cake stand on display in the Halloween Baking Championship studio

What else? Maybe not as frightening, only “ugly delicious” as Carla calls them, but “you’re going to see a lot of great crusts this season.” And who doesn’t like a good crust? Carla says she’s first in line for a delicious slab of pie.

“If I had to choose between cake or pie, I would choose pie because I love fruit and I love the flakiness. I love the differences in texture with pie. I love a flaky buttery crust.”

Tips for Going Beyond Cake Decorations

Decorating a cake so it wows the judges on the show takes technical skills, artistic abilities and a load of experience, says Hall.  But her advice for home bakers aspiring to be on the show or who want to be the star in their own kitchens at home?  Take risks and go beyond focusing on just the decorations.

Related: Gorgeous Edible Cake Decorations To Elevate Any Dessert

“It’s not just about decorating, but really [bakers have to] make sure that the textures of your baked goods are great,” she says. “Understand how butter works: Do you want to use room temperature or softened butter? I mean, those are very different things. Start slowly, then go to [the] decorating and then just make sure that it’s something that you enjoy.”

Carla Hall looking at a pie on the set of Halloween Baking Championship

As for that one winning element that edges out the competition? Dare to be different.

I think white sugar is overused and I think I would like to see the bakers explore different sweeteners because it gives more interest to the baked goods. I’m thinking there’s always some kind of raspberry with chocolate. I would like to see them break out and use something that’s not so predictable.”

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Carla Hall’s Trend Predictions for 2022: Savoury Sweets and Spices

Using savoury spices in baked goods is something Carla says bakers on the show typically shy away from using – but not this season.

“When I think of spices, I think of cumin, cayenne and black pepper, [and] we actually forced them [the bakers] to use them. You’re going to see cinnamon, you’re going to see nutmeg, you’re going to see allspice. Those are the very traditional spices, you see those. What we challenge them to do, though, is to go beyond their comfort level and use some of these other spices.”

Wes Dills' cake, as seen on Halloween Baking Championship, Season 7.

As for cake trends, Carla is glad to say goodbye to piñata cake, tsunami or pull-it-up cakes and drip cakes, and say hello to using savoury vegetables in cakes instead.

“What I think could be a trend or maybe I want this to be a trend is vegetables sweetened and turned into something else,” Carla told us. Using parsnips, or something like that in a cake, instead of carrot cake, [perhaps] celery root, the texture with celery root could be really nice. People are starting to use beets in a red velvet cake instead of the red dye because it’s natural, but the texture of beets also gives us that moist crumb.”

Related: Make-Ahead Gory White Chocolate Truffles for Your Next Halloween Bash

Carla Hall’s Favourite Recipes and Baking Traditions

Holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving are a great time to get everyone in the family involved in creating a meal and making long-lasting traditions, says Hall. Admittedly, the former Top Chef contestant says she didn’t start baking until she was well into her twenties, but she always loved to eat especially her grandmother’s cornbread

I remember just like watching her waiting for that cornbread to be done..you would have that cast iron skillet, you put the oil in the skillet and then you pour the batter into the skillet, and I remember, the sizzle that the batter would make. And then all of the batter would be rolling up the sides of that cast iron skillet and that she would put it in the oven. And I knew in 20-minutes we’d be eating.”

She says in those early days it wasn’t about learning how to make the cornbread however, but rather for her, it was about recreating the memories surrounding the moments before she ate the cornbread that in part, inspired her baking career today. 

Watch Halloween Baking Championship Mondays at 9 PM ET/PT. Watch and stream Live and On Demand on the new Global TV App, and on STACKTV. Food Network Canada is also available through all major TV service providers.

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10 Canadian Food Trucks That’ll Satisfy Your Street Food Cravings

Some call them the pioneers of take-out food culture. Others call them mobile eateries with a purpose. Whatever you think about food trucks, we are glad to see them roaming the streets of Canadian cities again as pandemic restrictions continue to ease up and outdoor eating becomes more of the norm. To toast these entrepreneurs and in honour of the series premiere of The Great Food Truck Race: All Stars, here are some must-try food trucks across Canada.

Tacofino, Vancouver, BC

From humble beginnings in a Tofino, BC surf shop parking lot to now eight physical locations across Vancouver, BC, including three food trucks, and a location in Victoria, BC, Tacofino is not slowing down as one of the most popular West Coast food truck destinations. That’s because the dishes have a vibe: The list of faves is long but we recommend ordering doubles of the Baja Style Fish Tacos and the Chocolate Diablo Cookies. 

Rick’s Good Eats, Mississauga, ON

Chef Rick Matharu’s butter chicken lasagna won him bragging rights on Food Network Canada’s Recipe to Riches back in the day. So it makes sense that he is serving up the same flavour mash-ups in the mobile-version of his Mississauga resto AKA food truck. People on social media are going ga-ga over the Punjabi Beyond Burger Tandoori, Gar-Par Wings and Cheesecake Samosas. Can we blame them?

 

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Cheese Boutique Food Truck, Toronto, ON

Afrim Pristine of Toronto’s Cheese Boutique should now be a name you’re familiar with (you did catch his docu-series on Food Network Canada , Cheese: A Love Story, we hope?). Want to hear more? He’s using the CB food truck for a greater purpose. During the summer months and beyond, the truck hosts “takeovers” with different GTA restaurants serving up some seriously great eats. Some of the takeovers this past summer included the teams from The Chicken Cartel, Stush Patties and Rodie (AKA the Marben Restaurant folks in Toronto).

 

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Related: 10 Facts You Never Knew About Cheese

Buster’s Sea Cove, Toronto, ON

If you’re from the GTA or visiting the Toronto-area, this seafood spot is hard to beat. With a super popular food stall at the St. Lawrence Market, Buster’s Sea Cove has two food trucks roaming around all season round, serving up some of the best fish and chips, lobster bisque, grilled fish and seasonal lobster rolls in the GTA. 

 

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Mi Corazon, Montreal, QC

What’s better than Mexican street food at its finest? Vegan-Fusion Mexican street food it’s finest – that’s what! Montreal’s Mi Corazon has stolen the hearts of foodies since 2015 when owner-chef Rafael Martinez first came on the scene. Almost everything is made in-truck and uses some of the finest ingredients and flavours to represent the diverse regions of Mexico, mixing into local favourites – like poutine.

Chaska Streetfood, Toronto, ON

Naveen Seth has taken his obsession with Indian street food –literally – to the streets. His food truck’s name, Chaska, means obsession and he hopes to make everyone a follower. Samosa sliders, rice bowls and spiced chickpea masala offer traditional flavours with halal, vegan and loads of veggie options as well. Tip: The  Royal Rose Falooda which is an ice cream-based dish with vermicelli noodles, jelly, rose syrup and sabja seeds is perfect hue for an Insta post.

Related: The 30-Minute Instant Pot Curry a Nutritionist Makes Every Week

Jerk Brothers, Toronto, ON

Since 2003, Collin Black’s Jerk Brother’s has been serving up some delicious Caribbean flavours and hosting a list of notable clients who love to the offerings, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Toronto Mayor John Tory and Drew Scott from the HGTV Canada’s Property Brothers. Expect traditional Jamaican staples when you go: jerk and curry chicken (and poutine of the same leaning), stuffed patties, oxtail and fried plantains to name a few. 

 

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Bangkok Thai Food Truck, Moncton, NB

If you’ve got a craving for Thai food and you’re on the go, seek out this truck that roams the Maritimes. After moving to Canada from Thailand over a decade ago, owner Jariya O’Brien started selling Pad Thai and spring rolls at a local market as a hobby. As popularity grew, the chef’s small operation grew into Bangkok Food Truck that now offers various dishes. 

Baluchon, Montreal, QC

Genevieve and Mathilde are the ladies behind this chic, cafe-on-wheels serving up all the feels in Montreal’s hottest neighourhoods. Some of their mouthwatering artisanal pastries include fresh fruit flans, freshly baked bread, scones and muffins. Craving something for lunch?  The grilled cheese sammy gets rave reviews online. 

 

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Rey Rays, Port Hope, ON

This family-run food truck in the small town of Port Hope, ON has taco aficionados craving some more of these authentic Mexican creations. Serving up homemade corn tortillas with their tacos, polenta fries and unique salads like the Killer Koleslaw as part of a healthier fare, there is something for every appetite to try.

 

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New season premieres September 16 at 10 PM ET/PT. Watch The Great Food Truck Race: All Stars and stream your favourite Food Network Canada shows through STACKTV with Amazon Prime Video Channels, or with the new Global TV app, live and on-demand when you sign-in with your cable subscription.

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American singer Meghan Trainor and Acclaimed Chef Marcus Samuelsson smile for the camera in front of a banner that reads Top Chef Family Style

4 Hot New Releases to Binge on Amazon Prime This September

Cooler temps, fall colours and craving comfy foods: Seasons are changing and so is the great content on Food Network.

From your top shows with a twist (think, “Top Chef but make it family”) to Halloween on Food Network (ghastly cake creations and frightful eliminations!),  we won’t be judgy if you binge on these shows playing on your device with StackTV on Amazon Prime.

Top Chef Family Style

When to Watch: New series premieres September 16 at 9 PM ET/PT


This new reality-based cooking competition is hosted by Grammy Award-winning global superstar Meghan Trainor with acclaimed chef, James Beard Award winner and best-selling cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson serving as Head Judge. It takes family ties and blends in high stakes, jaw-dropping talent and heart-warming humour that families across generations can enjoy. Talented young chefs – each teamed up with an adult partner of their choice –are competing to win the grand prize including $50,000.

Related: Memorable First Bites from Top Chef Canada

Halloween Baking Championship

When to Watch: New season premieres September 13 at 9 PM ET/PT

Judges Stephanie Boswell, Zac Young and Carla Hall and Judge John Henson, looking at the camera on the set of Halloween Baking Championship.

Camp Devil’s Food Lake is the backdrop for Season 11 of this wildly popular baking competition. The inspiration? 1980s slasher films. So get ready to see creepy-crawly desserts to deadly delicious cupcakes being whipped up, as the bakers try and prove their skills to a panel of costumed judges in order to land the $25,000 prize (and the title of Halloween Baking Champion)!

Related: Meet the Season 6 Competitors

Halloween Wars

When to Watch: New season begins on September 19 at 9 PM ET/PT

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Paranormal investigator Zack Bagan has seen a lot of supernatural things in his 15-years on the job. As the new host for the season, he shares some of those experiences with eight expert teams.  Taking inspiration from his collection of dangerous and mysterious artifacts from his Haunted Museum in Las Vegas, he will challenge the teams of sugar decorators, cake bakers and pumpkin carvers to create spooky AND tasty creations, eventually earning the coveted $25,000 prize.

Related: Meet the Halloween Wars Season 10 Competitors

The Big Bake: Halloween

When to Watch: Series premiere September 27 at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT

The Big Bake: Halloween is back with a bang for Season 2. The team of bakers need to think big and bold, blowing up their designs to gigantic proportions – keeping their spirits aligned with everything Halloween, of course. In the end, the most ambitious, eye-popping and delicious cake will go home with a $10,000 prize.

Watch and stream all your favourite Food Network Canada shows through STACKTV with Amazon Prime Video Channels, or with the new Global TV app, live and on-demand when you sign-in with your cable subscription.