I have been deciding whether or not to share this on my blog but I thought it was a fun story so here it goes… I auditioned for the Food Network Canada show Recipe to Riches! For those of you that aren’t familiar with it check out this link www.recipetoriches.ca

The show

Basically it is a television show that searches across Canada for the best recipe from a home chef. There are several different categories, including savoury snacks, condiments, entrée’s, cookies and squares etc. Each week on TV it is rounded down to the top 3 contestants from each category across Canada and they compete against each other to win in their category. The winner receives a $25,000 prize as well as their product will be sold in Superstore under the President’s Choice brand, with their story and image as the packaging. At the shows finale a the winner for each category will be put up for voting and Canada votes and decides who will be crowned the winning recipe and that will be take home another prize of $250,000!
Here’s an example of a few of last seasons winning products.

Glo with her Luscious Lemon Pudding


John with his Chicken Grenades appetizer

I’m a big fan of Superstore and always love trying their new products so this show caught my eye. When I saw that this season they were holding auditions in Vancouver I knew I had to try. I love food and I love cooking so I figured why not? I sent it my homemade silly audition tape……..

Totally silly, I can’t even believe I just posted that on here for people to see… haha- oh well! Anyways, I got a call from a producer who did an interview with me and said they would be in touch if I was selected to come down for the in person audition in front of the judges. I waited and waited and finally got the call! I was nervous and excited and I had so much to prepare.

I stayed up past midnight the night before the auditions preparing my food. Matt was the best kitchen assistant a girl could ask for!

Finally the finished product…

Morning came and it was audition day. I woke up early and boiled and fried the perogies to get them the perfect golden brown colour. I got myself all dolled up and Matt chauffeured me to the Regency Hyatt Hotel downtown where the auditions were being held.

Driving to the audition wondering what did I get myself into here..?!?

When we arrived at the hotel I signed in at registration and got my number.

There were a lot of people there and camera crews all around filming people’s reactions after they got a golden ticket or if they didn’t.

Filming a reaction.

Registration table, some people

We waited in a room with other contestants until our number was called. There were really helpful kitchen staff that let me practice my audition speech in front of them.

Waiting in the holding room pre-audition for a few hours gave me plenty of time to practice.

Finally after a few hours of waiting my number was called. I went with a group of other contestants into another room to plate our food. There were more chef’s to help us out in that room. I got my microphones taped onto me and filmed a pre-judging interview about my food. Once I had plated my perogies with a side of sour cream and chopped green onions and was whisked down a hallway to the judges room. I waited anxiously outside the room watching as the contestants in front of me went in for their auditions. Finally it was my turn. I entered a room where I met with a producer who told me where to stand etc, got my makeup touched up and voila… I was on! Just me with all the lights shining on me and 3 judges sitting at a table staring at me with my food. It felt like a dream but it was so fun. The judges by the way are Laura Calder,( host of French Cooking at Home), Tony Chapman (marketing guru) and Dana McCauley (food trends and innovation expert).

Here’s a photo of the judges at last year’s judging table.

It was a pretty intense experience but I am so happy that I did it. It was such a fun day and pushed me out of my comfort zone which is a good thing. I believe that we should take every opportunity that presents its self and for me this was one of them. The judges seemed to enjoy my gourmet perogies, Tony was the tough judge and asked me some questions about marketing that really put me on the spot but they were all super nice. It really was such a fun experience and I would do it again in a heart beat. I told myself that no matter if I walked out of that room with a golden ticket or not the real prize was just being there and enjoying the experience and having the guts to get infront of the judges and the camera’s and do something like this. I still feel that way. Everyone I met was so kind, all the other contestants in Vancouver and all the staff were so kind and helpful.

So now, what you are all probably wondering… did she get a golden ticket to go onto the next round…..?!?!? What do you think????????

Yes? No? Maybe so?

Well…. here’s your answer………………………………

YES, I did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Me with my Golden Ticket in the lobby of the hotel after my audition 🙂

I feel like singing, in the words of Grandpa & Charlie from the original Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

“I’ve got a golden ticket! I’ve got a golden ticket! I’ve got a golden twinkle in my eye!”

What that means is that I’m in the next round and I am up for consideration. Now I just wait until all the other auditions across Canada are finished and hope that they choose me as a finalist to compete in Toronto. If they do that would be amazing and if they don’t it still has been such a fun experience. The competition is across Canada so I’m certain the chances of me actually getting called to be a finalist are slim. For now I wait with this golden ticket posted to my fridge with a magnet that says ‘There are no shortcuts to any place worth going’.

I truly believe that and if you want something you have to work for it. They say that half the battle is showing up so if you have something you are a bit hesitant or shy to try I encourage you to do it because nothing new or exciting usually happens when you are inside your comfort zone. So in the famous words of Ms.Frizzle “Take chances, get messy and make mistakes!”


I wasn`t selected as a top 3 finalist to compete in Toronto. However, I am really looking forward to the show coming out and seeing who made the cut and hoping to see some of the friends I made during casting compete on the show. It was a really fun experience and I may even audition again next year because….