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TV-PG (30 MIN)

As Executive Chef at Canada's prestigious Royal York Hotel David Garcelon now juggling six restaurants, massive banquets and room service. Complete with a walkie talkie, David oversees 12 sous chefs and in the course he walks 8 kms. daily. He manages a budget of $30-million, and a staff of 200. David got his first gig as executive chef at the ripe age of 28 so he's been a star from the start. At the Royal York, he's also become an advocate for local produce “ even keeping an herb garden and 10,000 bees on the roof so that the hotel can take advantage of fresh herbs. At 42, David Garcelon“ is a decade younger than most chefs in such a high-profile position.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Michael Lomonaco is the quintessential New York chef. After surviving 9/11 “ but losing many of his beloved staff that day AND his restaurant, Windows on the World, Michael has been "giving back to his city ever since. He opened the best steakhouse in town, and began many charities to help the families of those who died as well as New York City's Homeless. Italian-American Michael Lomonaco's first career of choice was a theater/film actor and singer but eventually, his passion for cooking, food and wine overshadowed the bright lights of Tinsel Town. In 1988 he became Executive Sous Chef at the legendary Maxwell's Plum and a year later returned to the '21' as Executive Chef. Michael has been host of Discovery Channel's Epicurious and the Food Network's Michael's Place.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Cakes made without using flour are actually quite common, and have long been appreciated before the days of gluten-free living. This episode showcases some classic and contemporary cakes made using ingredients other than flour (commonly found ingredients) and with that comes the lesson in how to achieve delicate and moist cakes made without wheat flour. i. Italian Blood Orange Syrup Cake “ Ground almonds lend structure to this Cake that highlights a fragrant orange flavour and shine from the syrup poured over the warm cake. ii. French Flourless Chocolate Torte “ This is a traditional, rich and moist chocolate cake that relies on whipped eggs and chocolate to give it a moist interior and crunchy exterior. iii. Flourless Vanilla Cupcakes “ Those baking without flour often need a classic flourless cake recipe that suits a birthday party, and this fits the bill.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

A staple cookie in most coffee shops, biscotti (which translates from Italian to mean twice baked) share a common technique, but that results in a variety of end results. From the classic crunchy biscotti to a more tender version, along with a cross application, everything you need to know about biscotti is explained. i. Classic Almond Cranberry Biscotti - these are the traditional, super-crunchy biscotti, perfect for dunking into coffee. They are large and look just like the ones you see at a coffee shop counter, in a big jar. ii. Tender Chocolate Cantucci - Cantucci (also cantuccini} are a variation of biscotti, but differentiated by their tender, more delicate texture. These suit more of a cookie tin and take a little more refined technique in order to achieve the softer texture. iii. Biscotti Ricotta Cheesecake - appreciating biscotti as a pastry chef includes using it as a component in a fancier dessert. In this recipe, biscotti is crushed to make the crust and also adds flavour to an Italian st


TV-PG (30 MIN)

In terms of technique, bars don't have technical qualifications that distinguish them from squares (other than the shape) but as a widely popular baked treat, there are many options to showcase, from healthy granola bars to decadent Nanaimo Bars and Caramel Chocolate Candy Bars. The lessons within making the bars are worthwhile and bars are second only to cookies in popularity in the home baker's kitchen. A relative of the favourite "square·, bars are typically cut into rectangle portions to earn their name. This episode showcases a number of traditional favourites, from a simple, one-bowl granola bar recipe to a distinctly Canadian Nanaimo Bar. i. Traditional Granola Bars - this recipe is a good place to start the lesson, since a granola bar is a single-layer bar (no crust or topping). Full of nutritious grains, nuts, seeds and fruits, these are a healthy treat. ii. Nanaimo Bars - A more elaborate, dessert-like bar, Nanaimo bars have a chocolate crust with a signature custard filling and are topped


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Who doesn't love caramel? Learning to make a basic caramel opens the patisserie door to just so many desserts and delights, from classic to creative. i. Classic Caramel/Caramel Apples - The principles behind making a traditional caramel is shown here, and then is used to dip apples. ii. French Apple Tarte Tatin -Another more advanced application for caramel is seen in this classic French version of apple pie. Sugar is caramelized in a heavy skillet and then apples are added. Topped with puff pastry, the tart bakes upside down, and then is served with the apples and now built-in caramel sauce on top. iii. French Creme Caramel - This classic showcases caramel at its most elegant. Caramelized sugar is poured into dishes to set, then topped with a silky custard base that is baked. Once inverted, it is revealed that the caramel softens and makes a sauce that keeps this dessert consistently on bistro menus.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Sugar pastry differs in texture and taste from a Sablee pastry and is equally valued in a pastry kitchen sugar. Sugar pastry (known as pate sucree) is a little more delicate and fragile due to its higher sugar and butter content, so suits fillings of an according texture. This episode defines this, shows how to achieve and use this delicate pastry, and of course includes tips and tricks to make it even more versatile. i. Basic Sugar Dough and Snickerdoodle Cookies - the basic sugar dough formula can also be baked into snickerdoodle cookies: drop cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar before baking. ii. Frangipan Tart - a sweet almond filling is a traditional choice to bake into a tender sugar dough shell. Here we get a sense of rolling and baking the now-chilled dough and making and baking the traditional filling. iii. Blackberry Meringue Tarts - Sugar dough gets dressed up - the pastry can hold a filling, but brushing the inside of the tart shell with white chocolate prevents it from absorbing the blackbe


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Marzipan is made simply from ground almonds mixed with sugar to achieve a paste, but it has so many uses in the dessert world. This episode showcases marzipan from its fundamental creation to its many uses. i. Homemade Marzipan - master the formula for a tasty and easy-to-handle marzipan. This can be shaped into little candies, topped with a toasted almond. ii. Easy Marzipan Fruitcakes - Individual fruitcakes are made using marzipan within the batter and rolled to top the fruitcakes. Can include dried mango in the fruit mix (have just tested the recipe and would be a lovely addition) iii. Classic Battenberg Cake - Ever have high tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria? Then you know that this checkerboard cake batter is made using marzipan, and then covered with a coloured marzipan for this English classic served at afternoon tea.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

McCluskey (Lauren Lee Smith) recruits Toby (Craig Olejnik) on a case involving smuggled weapons, which takes a turn for the worse when an undercover operative winds up dead.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

As a new confidential informant for the IIB, Toby (Craig Olejnik) investigates an assassination threat against a Conservative leadership frontrunner -- a high-ranking military colonel who may have been involved in the mysterious disappearance of an army private under his command in Afghanistan.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

Toby (Craig Olejnik) and Michelle (Lauren Lee Smith) investigate a suspicious homicide when a Russian Consul General is found dead and his son, protected by diplomatic immunity, confesses to his murder.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

Toby (Craig Olejnik) is brought in to investigate corrupt cops but finds himself in over his head when one of them ends up dead from a suspected drug overdose.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

When an imprisoned criminal mastermind (Peter Outerbridge) holds the key to the whereabouts of a kidnapped judge, Sgt. Michelle McCluskey (Lauren Lee Smith) brings in Toby (Craig Olejnik) to read him, with unexpected results.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

The death of a CSIS agent and a breach of classified intelligence prompt Michelle (Lauren Lee Smith) to turn to her estranged husband and Toby (Craig Olejnik) to infiltrate a high-stakes poker game and uncover the missing puzzle pieces surrounding the mystery.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

A mysterious woman with an unexplained psychic gift may hold the key to helping Toby (Craig Olejnik) uncover the whereabouts of a wealthy businessman's kidnapped baby.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

Toby (Craig Olejnik) goes undercover to help expose the identity of a hacker known as "Jericho-11 in a cyber crime investigation involving large-scale identity theft.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

When Toby (Craig Olejnik) and Oz (Ennis Esmer) are dispatched to a call in the financial district, they're taken hostage by two men posing as security guards who are carrying out a victim suffering from a gunshot wound.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

Toby (Craig Olejnik) is brought in to authenticate the testimony of a star witness “ a celebrated restaurant chef - in the trial of a mob boss charged with shooting his business partner.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

Toby (Craig Olejnik) and the IIB investigate a national security breach when a sex tape featuring the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Cynthia Dale) goes viral.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

Toby (Craig Olejnik) connects with a gifted young woman whose mental powers appear to rival or even surpass his own, and may be connected to a series of suspicious suicides linked to an old biker gang.


TV-14+LV (60 MIN)

Despite his decision to stop using his telepathic abilities, Toby (Craig Olejnik) is forced to use them when he finds himself a hostage in the middle of a bank heist. It will take all of Toby's skills, both as a paramedic and a mind reader, to keep him and his fellow hostages alive.


TV-14+LV (60 MIN)

Working his first official investigation, Toby (Craig Olejnik) must contend with Alvin Klein's (Peter Stebbings) skepticism and personal agenda in solving a decade-old murder.


TV-14+LV (60 MIN)

When the life of a superstar performer (Fefe Dobson) is threatened, Toby (Craig Olejnik) poses as her assistant to watch her back and help the IIB special ops unit investigate.


TV-14+LV (60 MIN)

Toby (Craig Olejnik) helps the IIB investigate the abduction of an African teenager whose father is an alleged war criminal.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

With their relationship going on two years, Tracey and Dave have decided to buy their first home. Her mother, Joan, and his father, Brian, are helping with the down payment. Brian is also the realtor, much to Joan's chagrin, and the two can't agree on anything. And they won't stop bickering until one of them gets her way.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Nicole, a young single mom, wants to flee her tiny apartment and buy her first home. Her stepmother, Ruth, has the down payment. But they can't agree on anything. With Nicole's nanny Gala firmly on her side, Ruth is double-teamed but she isn't fazed.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Amanda and Evan want to ditch the trailer park and buy a real home. Evan's bible­ thumping parents, Lance and Nancy, have the down payment and Amanda's loose­ lipped folks, Larry and Anna, are along for the ride. But the couple and their parents can't agree on anything. With so many conflicting parties crammed in one van, it's one heck of an unholy house-hunting road trip.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Alaina, a 26 year-old office administrator, wants a condo. Her cautious parents, Barb and Rick, have the down payment. But they can't agree on anything. And with Alaina refusing to compromise, Barb threatens to rescind the offer and send her back to the rental market.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Norman and his domineering girlfriend, Amanda, want a downtown condo. Norman's parents, Lodi and Mercedes, have the down payment. But Amanda and Norman's parents can't agree on anything. And poor Norman is stuck in the middle trying to please everyone but failing to keep tensions from flaring.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Melonie, a Feng shui consultant and mother of four daughters, wants a bigger home. Her father, Frank, has the down payment. But they can't agree on anything. With Frank only thinking of himself, Melonie and the girls have to soften him up so they can get the house they want.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Bursting at the seams with two young children, Leo and Susie are desperate for a bigger house. Leo's parents, Marlo and Gladys, have the down payment. But they can't agree on anything. While Marlo is always focused on the price tag, Susie's intense pickiness makes compromise impossible.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Staci, a 26 year-old office administrator and single mother, wants a big house in the country. Her parents, Lynn and Dan, have the down payment. But they insist that she find a place closer to home. When Staci refuses to compromise, it all goes downhill.