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Posted on May 4, 2015 at 11:00 am

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Gusto TV’s first original series, One World Kitchen,
Premieres June 1, 2015

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Ottawa, ON (May 4, 2015) – Canada’s new food and lifestyle channel, Gusto TV, is set to debut a fresh new cooking series unlike any other; starring five captivating female cooks, five global perspectives and One World Kitchen. Lively, fast-paced and entertaining, One World Kitchen, serves up mouthwatering dishes such as Kimchi Hot Pot, Channa Masala and Deep Fried Churros, which are arguably just as “Canadian” as poutine and Nanaimo bars.

Premiering on Gusto TV with back-to-back episodes every weeknight starting Monday, June 1st at 8 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. PT, the show will introduce Canadian viewers to five unconventional TV food superstars in the making — from a female executive chef to a culinary arts instructor, self-taught cook, food blogger and YouTube host – each sharing their love of cooking, zest for life, and unique viewpoint on some of the world’s hottest cuisines.

“We live in the most multicultural country in the world, so it’s long overdue to finally see a Canadian show that truly reflects the diversity of Canada’s food landscape,” says Chris Knight, President and CEO of Gusto TV. “One World Kitchen is a hip take on the conventional cooking show. It’s entertaining, unexpected, and relatable to the everyday home cook – an alternative to all the ‘extreme food’ and competition-focused shows out there. Quite simply, this is a show about real people cooking real food – what a refreshing concept!”

One World Kitchen highlights five global cuisines – Thai, Japanese, Italian, Argentinean and Indian –explored over half-hour episodes (30 episodes in total). Each host takes the spotlight to demystify globally inspired dishes by sharing learned recipes and cooking tips passed down from generation to generation, personal anecdotes and family traditions. While the series celebrates each of these distinct heritages, it’s clear that food and cooking share the same community values the world over. Viewers can also watch webisodes and get recipes online at

One World Kitchen will air on Gusto TV weeknights beginning June 1st at 8 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. ET.
Gusto TV is available across Canada on Bell TV/Fibe Ch. 619/1619; Eastlink Ch. 743; Optik TV/TELUS Satellite TV Ch. 315/619; and MTS Ch. 46.



Vijaya Selvaraju: Indian Cuisine
Vijaya Selvaraju is an adventurous and dynamic self-taught cook from Toronto. Born in Chennai, India, Vijaya and her family lived in Cameroon before moving to Canada. She’s been making her mark on Canadian television since she was eight years old, appearing on Video and Arcade Top 10, TVO Kids and as a guest panelist on MTV Canada. Today, she’s the creator and host of Foodcapades, a popular YouTube web series that explores the culture and cuisine of the countries she visits. Vijaya thinks no dinner is complete without sauce, whether it’s raita, mole or creamy garlic tahini.

Hana Etsuko Dethlefsen: Japanese Cuisine
Hana Etsuko is passionate about simple and authentic Japanese home cooking. Born and raised in Canada by a Japanese mother and German father, Hana had the opportunity to live in Japan from 2001-2004. Her love of bridging culture and cuisine led to the creation of her cookbook Let’s Cooking – a go-to guide on the basics of Japanese cuisine, and her website Today, Hana is a culinary arts instructor at the University of British Columbia and calls Vancouver home. Her favourite locally-sourced dish is sea-inspired (oyako donburi) – grilled salmon and raw, marinated salmon roe on rice with mizuna greens.

Natalia Machado: Argentinian Cuisine
From trendy restaurants in Buenos Aires to working with world-renowned chefs in New York City, award-winning chef Natalia Machado’s profile has quickly earned international recognition. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, she spent summers in Patagonia, experiencing both big city cuisine and the excellent seafood of the rustic coast. She’s earned top honours and television cook offs alike – edging out the competition with her creativity and authentic Argentinian fare. Today, she is Executive Chef at Montreal’s L’Atelier d’Argentine. Her biggest food vice is hot sauce.

Vanessa Gianfrancesco: Italian Cuisine
Chef and instructor Vanessa Gianfrancesco has been cooking with her grandparents in Italy since she was two years old. Born and raised in Montreal by her Northern Italian father and Southern Italian mother, Vanessa believes Italian cooking is all about sharing, family and togetherness. A passion for food led her to leave law school and pursue a culinary career. She’s a graduate of Montreal’s Culinary Institute, teaches a pasta-making class – and recently launched a website Cooking with V, dedicated to her mother and grandmothers, who taught her all there is to know about food. Her Sunday night go-to dinner is pizza, baked in her family’s backyard wood-burning oven.

Pailin Chongchitnant: Thai Cuisine
Pailin Chongchitnant has always felt at home in the kitchen, and fondly recalls spending her childhood afternoons squeezing fresh coconut milk and grinding pork. Born and raised in Southern Thailand, she attended Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco, and is the creator and host of Hot Thai Kitchen – a popular YouTube cooking show with an instructional approach. Pailin currently lives in Vancouver where she’s training to be a high school cooking teacher. If she had to choose one last meal, it would be her grandma’s Hainanese chicken rice.


ABOUT GUSTO TV – ‘Food all night, fun all day’

Gusto TV ( is Canada’s new food and lifestyle specialty channel. The multiplatform HD service offers viewers prime-time food and cooking shows every evening – featuring some of the highest-rated series from around the world, and here at home. Gusto TV is an independent, Ottawa-based company, founded by industry veteran Chris Knight. Knight is known for innovative and highly stylized culinary and lifestyle content, including award-winning TV series Cook Like a Chef, License to Grill, Edible Roadshow, and This Food That Wine, seen in more than 170 countries worldwide. Gusto TV is seen nationally on Bell TV (Ch. 619), Bell Fibe (Ch. 1619), Eastlink (Ch. 743), Optik TV (Ch. 315), TELUS Satellite TV (Ch. 619) and MTS (Ch. 46).


For more information, interview opportunities and screening room access for One World Kitchen, please contact:

Tran Nguyen, Holmes PR,, 416-628-5607
Zeenat Salimi, Holmes PR,, 416-628-