The Return of Celebrity Cooks


Celebrity Cooks to return

The Return of Celebrity Cooks – Show Synopsis

Reviving the hit entertainment and comedy franchise that was disguised as a cooking show.

Celebrity Cooks is a show that isn’t what you think it is. Sure, you are imagining a cooking show with celebrities but that is like saying that a juicy prime rib steak is simply protein on a bone. This show is unlike anything on TV!

If you are hungry for a show to breathe some life into your day rather than simply be another clone, then we have the recipe. Celebrity Cooks is a 30 minute variety-comedy-performance explosion of flavor. A show with a great meal and a lot of fun. Grab yourself a nice glass of something tasty and enjoy our best!


Why is it so good? We add lots of great ingredients:

Our 30 minutes of smart, funny, free-style TV has a live audience, live band, and a great host, who  like a circus ringmaster whose job it is to keep the show from bursting at the seams.

Our guests will bring their talents, stories and recipes. The whole show is performance, whether it be music, song, stand-up, or the drama of trying to make it all look good in less than 30 minutes.  Celebrity Cooks will deliver fun and fresh! Whether you are watching at the end of a long day or before it is your turn to make supper, this is one half hour that you’ll consider time well spent.

It is unpredictable and fun! It’s free-form TV that people talk about and remember. We provide a whole show filled with the best surprise moments and out-takes – except when you mix live TV with “Murphy’s Law”. It’s a meal and a show!

It is a proven formula. The original Celebrity Cooks with Bruno Gerussi thrived on television for 12 seasons. The same producers have updated things a little for this era, but all the elements that drew audiences in Canada and the United States back then are still at the core of the next version of Celebrity Cooks. Talented entertainers mean that this is not some reality show. Our ingredients are top quality!

We have the opportunity to offer the audience and the celebrities the ultimate fun in live performance with audience participation possibilities. With guests supported by a great host, great music, and enthusiastic fans, the entertainment experience is wall to wall! So take a break from all the cookie-cutter shows and aggravating angst! Celebrity Cooks with is coming to make you smile at your TV again.

Retrospective from the original Celebrity Cooks


The New Celebrity Cooks – Key Production Personnel

dereksmith-producer-bioDerek Smith
Producer, Director, Writer
Majority shareholder of Initiative Productions Limited, The Energy Works Inc. , UpSideRight Media. Inc., the production companies who owns and produced the following independent productions:
Celebrity Cooks – Creator and producer. – CBC Network, Global Network, ATV Network, syndication in Canada.
Do It For Yourself -Creator, producer, director and writer – CBC Network, USA Network, PBS, Discovery Channel in the US and other US Syndication.

Additionally, Derek Smith has created and produced many commercials, documentaries and television sports competitions for TV, ESPN and TVO.

Joe Battista
Producer, Consultant
Joe Battista’s television production and management experience spans a period of almost forty years in Canadian television production. During his thirty-two year tenure with CBC Television, Joe worked as Production Manager on a multitude of network and regional television productions in drama, variety, news and current affairs departments. He later held several senior management positions including Head of Business and Financial Affairs, CBC British Columbia for the last seven years of his tenure with CBC.

In 1997, Joe left CBC and started a production services and consultancy company, Quattro Communications. Joe has since worked as line producer and producer on independent productions for The Comedy Network, CTV, CBC and APTN.

Terry Deriger
Producer, Director, DOP, Editor
Terry started his career at one of the flagship CTV stations in Ottawa. Over the course of twenty years Terry wore many hats – camera, technical producer, producer, DOP and sometimes writer when the need arose.

In 1995 he started his own production company called A B See productions and since then has been involved in many aspects of video production. From producing and editing a 61 part series for the A channel to producing numerous television spots for large corporations and mom and pop operations alike.

Terry is currently producing content in HD and SD using state of the art cameras and editing facilities and also helping to develop numerous projects for broadcast and the web.




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