West Vancouver pastry chef to host bakery transformation TV series Project Bakeover

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      As food and beverage establishments contend with numerous struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new Canadian TV series will offer tips and ideas on how to reinvigorate businesses and attract more customers. 

      Food Network Canada is launching Project Bakeover, in which two professionals help North American bakeries facing business challenges by transforming them inside and out.   

      Vancouver pâtissier and chocolatier Steve Hodge, who is the owner of Temper Chocolate and Pastry in West Vancouver and one of three judges on Great Chocolate Showdown, will host the series as he offers his culinary and business expertise to bakery owners seeking to get on the right track to success.

      Meanwhile, designer Tiffany Pratt, host of HGTV’s Home to Win and Buy It, Fix It, Sell It, will redesign their outdated, prosaic, or otherwise mundane interiors and turn them into visually appealing spaces.

      The series debuts at 9 p.m. on February 4 and Season 1, consisting of 10 episodes, will feature businesses in Kelowna; Toronto; Danville, Kentucky; and more.

      In the first episode, the dynamic duo will meet the overworked owner of Mrs. Joy’s Fabulous Treats in Lynchburg, Virginia, and help her figure out how to revamp her business. 

      Hodge, who grew up in Dundarave in West Vancouver, studied at the California School of Culinary Arts; trained with Dominic Jerry at Sugar Art in Richmond; worked as an executive pastry chef for the Glowbal Restaurant Group; and was a pastry chef in the U.K. at Le Caprice, The Wolseley, and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. That was all before he launched his own Temper Chocolate and Pastry in 2013.

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