July 26, 2017 By CL

CTV Delivers a Fifth Serving of Hit Culinary Series MASTERCHEF CANADA for 2017/18 Season
- Casting is Now Open for Season 5 -

  • Canadian culinary luminaries Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, Claudio Aprile return as judges 
  •  Home cooks looking to follow their culinary dream can apply now at 
  •  Open casting call to be held in Toronto on Sunday, Sept 17
  •  A Top 5 program with Millennials, Season 4 of MASTERCHEF CANADA was the most-watched Canadian program this past spring with total viewers and all key demos 
TORONTO (July 26, 2017) – Hot on the heels of a delectable Season 4 run, CTV announced today another season of its hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF CANADA for the 2017/2018 broadcast season. Casting for home cooks looking to follow their culinary dream is now open at, with production set to begin this fall in Toronto on a new 12-episode season from Proper Television.
Marking a return to the MASTERCHEF CANADA kitchen are distinguished Canadian judges Michael Bonacini (O&B restaurant empire), Alvin Leung (Bo Innovation in Hong Kong), and Claudio Aprile (Copetin Restaurant & Bar). The esteemed trio are poised to once again mentor and challenge everyday Canadians to elevate their cooking and presentation skills to a professional level, as home cooks compete in high-stakes cooking challenges to secure the MASTERCHEF CANADA title and take home a $100,000 cash prize.
Canadians maintain a strong appetite for MASTERCHEF CANADA. A Top 5 program with Millennials, Season 4 of MASTERCHEF CANADA was the most-watched Canadian program this past spring with total viewers and all key demos. The Season 4 finale alone averaged 1.4 million total viewers.
“We are delighted to set the table for Season 5 of MASTERCHEF CANADAand to welcome the next group of talented home cooks looking to make their culinary dreams a reality,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. “We are proud of our continued collaboration with exceptionally talented production partners Proper Television and Endemol Shine Group, and look forward to creating an all-new season of the internationally recognized MASTERCHEF format with, as always, an irresistable Canadian flavour.”
“Canadians continue to make MASTERCHEF CANADA one of the most popular programs on television,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “We are happy to return such a powerful and beloved CTV franchise to the schedule with Season 5 set for Spring 2018.”
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Casting for Season 5 of MASTERCHEF CANADA is now open at
Passionate and talented Canadian home cooks hungry for an opportunity to pursue their culinary dreams have until 11:59 p.m. ET on September 17, 2017 to apply online. Casting will come to an end with Open Casting Call in Toronto on September 17 with additional details to be announced later this summer. Interviews are slated to take place this fall, and applicants are encouraged to apply early for an opportunity to meet producers when they are in their region. Additional details will be available at

Viewers can relive all the culinary action from the MASTERCHEF CANADAkitchen with Season 4 episodes available on demand at and on the CTV GO app. Seasons 2–4 of MASTERCHEF CANADA are also streaming now on CraveTV.

The MASTERCHEF format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Endemol Shine Group, and is based on a format originally created by Franc Roddam.

MASTERCHEF CANADA is produced by Proper Television in association with CTV. Proper’s Vice-President and Creative Director Cathie James is the Showrunner and Executive Producer. For Bell Media, Tina Apostolopoulos is Production Executive; Robin Johnston is Director, Original Programming, Factual and Reality; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original ProgrammingPat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming; Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.   
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