Steven Hodge from West Van’s Temper Pastry announced as judge on new Food Network Canada show

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      Food Network Canada has revealed a new dessert competition series, and one member from the three-person judging panel helms from our city.

      West Vancouver’s Steven Hodge of Temper Pastry (2409 Marine Drive) will be a judge on the Great Chocolate Showdown alongside celebrity chef Anna Olson and British cake designer Cynthia Stroud.

      The new series will feature 10 home bakers taking on chocolate-based challenges, and the champion will get to take home a hefty $50,000 grand prize.

      The only competitor from Vancouver is 47 year-old Craig Taylor, who works in the casino industry. The other bakers were scouted from Canadian cities like Montreal, Saskatoon, and Aurora, and a few are from U.S. cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, and Dallas.

      Another local component of the show is the sponsor. Vancouver-based Purdys Chocolates will be supplying the show with its decadent products, so viewers will definitely see the brand’s iconic purple-wrapped sweets being used in the kitchen.

      The Great Chocolate Showdown will make its debut on February 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

      Steven Hodge with fellow judge Anna Olson.
      Food Network Canada