Time starts now for Brad Smith!  The CFL veteran, food lover, entertainment reporter and the star of the premiere season of The Bachelor Canada has been announced as the new host of Chopped Canada.

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Brad shared these words about joining the Chopped Canada team: “I’m beyond thrilled to be joining Chopped Canada and to work alongside such an esteemed roster of celebrity chefs. I’m an avid viewer of Food Network and I’m excited to take my career to new heights on the network’s [number] one series. I’m competitive by nature and I can’t wait to see what these chefs will cook up to compete, while tackling challenges along the way.”

Production on the third season began earlier this week. Brad shared a photo on Instagram from his dressing room on the set of the hit series — without disclosing where he was exactly. Very sneaky, Brad! Now that the beans are spilled, we can’t wait to see more behind-the-scenes shots from Brad. Please, keep them coming.

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Brad captioned this photo: First day on set of the new gig… I’m thinking by tomorrow I will be fired 😉 #nervous can I have a job where they don’t paint my eyebrows on!??? #ManCardProblems

Brad won’t be the only new face on Chopped Canada. Mark McEwan will be joining the roster of celebrity chef judges that dish out who gets chopped and who wins. Mark is no stranger to tough culinary competition; he was the head judge on Top Chef Canada for all four seasons. Find out more about this talented culinary titan and his favourite foods!

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The third season of Chopped Canada will be its most thrilling yet. Thirty-one episodes will hit the air next season including redemption episodes with past season chefs looking for a second chance and a very special Teen Tournament.

Only two more episodes left in this season! The last episodes air June 27th and July 4th at 9 E/P. To catch up on episodes online and get behind-the-scenes exclusive interviews and  photos, visit choppedcanada.ca.