Celebrity Cooks was a Canadian cooking show independently produced by Initiative Productions and aired on CBC Television from 1975 to 1979 and on Global from 1980 to 1987. It was syndicated throughout Canada and the United States from 1980 to 1987. In the early 1990s, it continued in syndication in Canada. Barrie, Ontario-based CKVR later ran episodes in the 1990s that were also available in Toronto and surrounding areas for at least one season.
|Created by||Derek Smith and Kent Anthony|
|Developed by||Derek Smith and Keith Large|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||12|
|No. of episodes||478|
|Executive producer(s)||Derek Smith and Keith Large|
|Production location(s)||Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto|
|Production company(s)||Initiative Productions, Upside Right Media Inc|
|Original network||CBC Television (1975-79)|
|First shown in||1975|
Bruno Gerussi hosted 478 episodes in total. He introduced celebrities, saw guests perform and chatted with them while preparing dishes for the audience.
The show began a successful run with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and then moved to Global Television in 1980. In addition to the daytime programming, Global Television also developed 26 prime time episodes. The show continued to air in Canada with Global and on a few CBS owned-and-operated stations in the US until 1987. At that point Initiative Productions and partners had produced 478 episodes.
An episode featuring guest Bob Crane was recorded on January 28, 1978. Crane was murdered on June 29, making this his last TV appearance. The episode was scheduled to air in the U.S. in July 1978, however given the circumstances it did not air at all in the U.S.. The episode did air several times in Canada, beginning in February 1978. Crane was joking about the subject of death during the episode's taping, besides discussing Hogan's Heroes, the television series in which he starred. The taping of Crane's episode was recreated in the 2002 film, Auto Focus, in which actor John Kapelos portrayed Gerussi.
Derek Smith, the creator of Celebrity Cooks, and now the executive producer with Upside Right Media Inc, is working to bring back the show in a new version with a new host. The host for the new version of the show is actress and improv specialist Ellie Harvie in much the same format as the original show.[non-primary source needed]
The show also led to the creation of Celebrity Cooks cook books:
- Creator: Derek Smith
- Developed by: Derek Smith and Keith Large
- Executive Producers: Keith Large and Derek Smith
- Host: Bruno Gerussi
- Musical Duo:Jim Walchuck and Henri Lorieau
- Cooking Consultants: Helga Theilmann and Joan Mitchell Season 1 & 2 (Ottawa), Sue Morton & Chuck Norris Seasons 3 to 12 (Vancouver) and (Toronto)
- Talent coordinator:Anne Kear
- Executive Assistant to Derek Smith: Sharyn Manuel
- Downey, Donn (13 February 1979). "Global planning five new shows". Globe and Mail. p. 17.
- "Celebrity Cooks: David Letterman". IMDB. 1975. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
- on YouTube
- "Maggie's Tempura (photo)". Globe and Mail. 24 January 1978. p. 15.
- "Bob Crane". Kentucky New Era. Associated Press. 3 July 1978. p. 14. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
- Slotek, Jim. "Sex, murder and videotape". Jam!/Canoe/Sun Media. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
- Kirby, Blaik (6 September 1975). "Information packs the channels in bountiful new television season". Globe and Mail. p. 31.