Big Food Bucket List - Episode Guide
Episode 14 - Season 1 - July 5, 2019
John’s first stop is the tiki-crazy San Diego, Calif. where he’s looking for a bucket list worthy island feast with everything from snack-able baos to ocean-fresh poke bowls. Next, John travels to Halifax, N.S., the place where donair was born, to learn everything about the city’s official food, and to and learn the secret of their legendary, tangy-sweet donair sauce. Afterwards, John heads to Toronto, Ont. to sink his teeth into authentic Jamaican ackee and saltfish and learns his way around the jerk pit, finding out what it takes to make the most drool-worthy jerk chicken in the city.
Feast like a King
Episode 13 - Season 1 - July 5, 2019
John makes a pilgrimage to Canada’s best fish and chip spot in Dartmouth, N.S., to taste the magic firsthand and learn what makes these flaky haddock filets so incredibly good. After that, it’s off to Montreal Que., where John parties like its 1599 while partaking in a decadent medieval feast of wild boar, where no forks are allowed. Next, John jets to Los Angeles, Calif. to eat the wild fusion Chinese comfort food that’s taken the city by storm; jumbo cheeseburger dumplings.
Don't be Shelfish
Episode 12 - Season 1 - June 28, 2019
In Dartmouth, N.S., John chows down on a signature ‘crobster’ roll made from mountains of crab and lobster meat, as well as one of Nova Scotia’s most appetizing export – big juicy Digby scallops. Next, he tries the biggest pizza slice you’ve ever seen, and learns exactly how it’s made in Scarborough, Ont. Then it’s onto Louisiana, where John chows down on authentic Creole cuisine made by the plate-lunch princess herself in the heart of the Acadiana region of Louisiana.
Episode 11 - Season 1 - June 28, 2019
John checks the addictive, Instagram-famous spaghetti grilled cheese off his bucket list, and learns what inspired the invention of this wild sandwich in Irvine, Calif. Then it’s off to New Orleans, La. to try a taste of Beyoncé’s favourite fried chicken, and get a peek inside their top-secret kitchen. Finally, John ventures into rural Nova Scotia to try out an authentic sugar shack known to have the best pancakes in all of Canada.
The Whole Enchilada
Episode 10 - Season 1 - June 21, 2019
John gets stoked on stacked bacon cheeseburgers at San Diego, Calif.’s favourite post-surf snack spot, and learns how to build the mythical “onion castle”. Next, he experiences a culinary revolution with the chef who is the mastermind behind the 100-mile menu in Vancouver, B.C. before meeting the enchilada queen herself in Houston, Texas and checking the best of tex-mex off his bucket list.
Crazy for Crawfish
Episode 9 - Season 1 - June 21, 2019
John checks high-class Louisiana brunch off his bucket list, at the birthplace of bananas foster in New Orleans, La. John then travels to Calgary, Atla. to eat the absolute best Albertan beef and to get the lowdown on how to cook the perfect prime rib. Then John tries the hottest culinary craze of this year, Viet-Cajun cuisine in Houston, Texas made by the master who started it all.
For the Love of Brunch
Episode 7 - Season 1 - June 14, 2019
John taste-tests a hot pink beet hollandaise sauce, and checks the deliciously decadent brunch of his dreams off his bucket list in Calgary, Alta. Then John travels down south to learn how to make perfect smoked meat from a pitmaster who is reinventing turkey in St Louis, Miss. Next, John spends an unforgettable day at an apple orchard farm in Caledon, Ont. learning how to use apples in everything from steak sandwiches to cauliflower wings.
Episode 8 - Season 1 - June 14, 2019
John tucks into the juiciest, most authentically southern fried chicken north of the border in Whitby, Ont., and learns all about “meat and three” – the classic southern style plate with mouth-watering side dishes. After that, John feasts on a dizzying array of incredible East Indian food in Calgary, Alta., including an enormous lamb shank fit for a king. Next, John has the ultimate bucket list hot dog experience in Houston, Texas complete withevery wild and wonderful topping you can imagine.
Must Love Ribs
Episode 6 - Season 1 - June 7, 2019
John heads to the birthplace of North American izakaya in Vancouver, B.C. to experience an authentic Japanese pub feast before traveling to the heart of barbeque country to chow down on the best ribs and smoked meats that St Louis, Miss. has to offer. Finally, John visits Philadelphia, Pa to check their famous meat pies off his bucket list.
It's a Wonderful Bite
Episode 5 - Season 1 - June 7, 2019
John devours a mind-blowing fried bologna sandwich and collard green melt at a New Orleans, La. joint that’s turning sandwiches into an art form. Then he’s off to Vancouver B.C. to check out their ultra-fresh, farm-to-table seafood and some hand-rolled pasta perfection. From there, John heads to Hamilton Ont. to get out of his comfort zone at an incredibly unique meat-centric restaurant complete with stuffed chicken wings and sweetbread tacos.
To Lobster with Love
Episode 4 - Season 1 - May 31, 2019
John travels to Noank, Conn. to check New England’s tastiest hot lobster roll off his bucket list. Next, John devours a mouth-watering Kamayan feast of crunchy pork belly and chicken adobo in Toronto, Ont. Then it’s off to Cambridge, Mass., where John chows down on the uber-cool steak and potatoes of the future and taste-tests an exotic sea urchin panna cotta.
Episode 3 - Season 1 - May 31, 2019
Up first, John digs into some crazy delicious, super-stacked burgers and gargantuan milkshakes in Hamilton, Ont. Next, he heads down south for a taste of the ultimate southern comfort food: shrimp and grits in Louisville, Ky. On his next stop, John travels to Vancouver, B.C. to learn from the master and get schooled on the tastiest pan-Asian soups.
More Than Meats the Eye
Episode 2 - Season 1 - May 24, 2019
John visits Louisville, Ky. to try out some truly authentic Kentucky fried chicken at a world-famous historic location before heading to Boston, Mass. to dig into the ultimate surf and turf burger topped with a juicy lobster tail, as well as mind-blowing fried lobster and waffles. Up next, John eats his way through the best steak in Toronto, Ont., at a Brazilian joint where the meat keeps on coming.
Rolling in the Deep Dish
Episode 1 - Season 1 - May 24, 2019
John dives into the original deep dish pizza in Chicago, Ill. and learns how to make a mile-high pizza pie. Then in Toronto, Ont., he’s off to feast on a burger with a sweet pineapple bun and jerk lobster fit for a king at a spectacular Jamaican-Chinese joint. Finally, John checks some mouth-watering gourmet Jewish cuisine off his list in Philadelphia, Pa.