Happy Birthday Great Tastes of Manitoba!

After 25 years Great Tastes of Manitoba is a bit of an anomaly in the television world. The show has been cooking up healthy, delicious food for a quarter of a century. 

With over 400 produced and directed by Executive Producer Don Hornby of Hummer Productions, he credits the success to the “I can do it” type of recipes using locally produced foods. He states “We have featured recipes for the everyday night meal to special occasions and everything in between. The food experts continually create and demonstrate tested and trusted recipes for the viewers.” 

“It’s a bit of a blast from the past with remembering past hosts, food experts and beverage experts,” says Hornby. While looking back on the longest running and top rated cooking show in Manitoba, Great Tastes of Manitoba is also looking forward with new host Ace Burpee as he begins his third season of the 35th most popular show on TV in Manitoba (based on the 2012 spring ratings). 

Each food expert delivers unique tasty recipes for today’s home cook. Watch weekly to learn from:

Sarah Cahill

Ellen Pruden


Adriana Barros


Karen Armstrong


Heather Deibert


Susan Riese


Roxanne Lewko


and new to this season Wendy Harrisko. Watch the ladies of Great Tastes of Manitoba share tips, techniques and recipes using Made in Manitoba ingredients. 

Manitoba Liquor Mart’s Ben Rusch and Sheila Nash are the resident beverage consultants. They recommend wines, beers or spirits that will “pair” with the dishes prepared on each show.

Catch this very popular, 100% made-in-Manitoba, TV series, Saturday’s at 6:30 on CTV, starting September 6 through December 13, 2014.

Great Tastes of Manitoba is a not-for-profit coalition representing 21,305collective Manitoba farmers and ranchers whose core members include: Dairy Farmers of Manitoba, Manitoba Beef Producers, Manitoba Canola Growers, Manitoba Chicken Producers, Manitoba Mushroom Growers, Manitoba Pork, Manitoba Pulse Growers and Manitoba Turkey Producers. 

Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development and Manitoba Liquor Marts have been long-time supporters to Great Tastes of Manitoba.

The 24th Season of Great Tastes of Manitoba is HERE!

The 24th season of the most popular cooking show in the province is starting September 7th on CTV Winnipeg.

Great Tastes of Manitoba shows you how easy it is to cook and bake with Manitoba foods.  Join us every Saturday at 6:30 PM from September 7th to December 14th on CTV Winnipeg for simple and fresh recipes using local ingredient from across Manitoba.


On set with the whole crew filming the opening scene of the newest season

Our food experts from foodManitoba that will lead us through a culinary experience each week are: Sarah Cahill (Dairy) Ellen Pruden (Canola) Adriana Barros (Beef) Karen Armstrong (Chicken) Heather Deibert (Mushrooms) Susan Riese (Pork) Roxanne Lewko (Pulses) and Krista Pratt (Turkey) offering tested recipes using simple ingredients to make everything from appetizers to desserts.

We are pleased to have Ace Burpee joining us for a second season, hosting Great Tastes of Manitoba and proving that succulent Sunday dinners are possible any day of the week. Join our beverage experts Ben Rusch and Sheila Nash as they make meals even more memorable with suggestions for wines, beers, spirits and cocktails to go with each recipe.

Manitoba Liquor Mart beverage experts, Sheila Nash and Ben Rusch with Host Ace Burpee

Catch this very popular, 100% made-in-Manitoba, TV series, Saturday’s at 6:30 on CTV, starting September 7 through December 14, 2013. Click below for show lineup and recipes.

Here are my top 10 reasons to watch the new season of Great Tastes of Manitoba:

1. It’s a great collaboration with all of my commodity friends.

Dairy Farmers of Manitoba 

Manitoba Chicken Producers 

Manitoba Turkey Producers

Manitoba Beef Producers

Manitoba Mushroom Growers

Manitoba Pulse Growers

Manitoba Pork Council

Manitoba Canola Growers

And our friends Al and Shelia at the Manitoba Liquor Commission.

2. I am thrilled to be working with our new host Ace Burpee for the 23th season

3. You can watch my past episode filmed on October 13 – Being Well with Fish:

Pickerel in Paper

Whole Wheat Fettuccini with Shrimp and Spinach 

Mussels with Chorizo

Or you can watch me on December 8 – Be Well Bake Well with canola oil and these winning recipes:

Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich Cookies

Sticky Toffee Date Mini Pudding Cake

Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Love Buns

4. All recipes feature local foods from the farms and fields of Manitoba. Each food expert prepares quick, easy, “I can do this” at home recipes.

5. I think Great Tastes of Manitoba TV show is unique from other cooking shows. Viewers can learn about farming in Manitoba!

6. You can catch this 100% made-in-Manitoba TV series on Saturday’s at 6:30 on CTV, starting September 8 through December 15, 2012.

7. All the recipes from all the shows can be found at greattastesmb.ca.

8. Great Tastes of Manitoba is the longest running  TV show and currently the top rated cooking show in Manitoba.

9. If you missed the show or want to watch it again, check out the Great Tastes of Manitoba Youtube channel (insert link).

10. The crew behind the scenes are a group of really great guys and gals who make the TV show amazing. Especially Don Hornby of Hummer Productions who is the producer and Laurena Van De Velde with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives. Don is one really great guy and Laurena is one really amazing woman!


Ellen Pruden – Manitoba Canola Growers
Food Manitoba

A New Host is Welcomed to the 23rd Season of Great Tastes of Manitoba

We are very eager to announce a new host Ace Burpee to the hit TV show Great Tastes of Manitoba!  Taking over for Jim Ingebrigtsen, who starred in the show for 12 years.  The popular Made-in-Manitoba cooking series is attractively rated among the top-rated television programs in Manitoba; holding a spot at 29th.  Watch the longest running TV show in Manitoba this fall with the first show of the season being aired September 8, 2012 at 6:30 PM on CTV.

Catch the vibrant Ace Burpee mixing it up in the kitchen with the talented food experts from foodManitoba.  Bringing to viewers, local recipes inspired by locally produced foods with great tips in the kitchen.  Join  the foodManitoba ladies each week with a new culinary adventure reaching viewers across the prairies.  Listed are the stars of Great Tastes of Manitoba, food experts: Sarah Cahill (Dairy) Ellen Pruden (Canola) Adriana Barros (Beef) Karen Armstrong (Chicken) Heather Deibert (Mushroom) Susan Riese (Pork) Roxanne Lewko (Pulses) and Krista Pratt (Turkey).

Great Tastes of Manitoba season 2012/2013 with new host Ace Burpee


Check out our recipe tab for all Great Tastes of Manitoba posted recipes and how-to-videos in conjunction with airing dates.

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Let Great Tastes of Manitoba help host your next get together!

Include Great Tastes of Manitoba into your Grey Cup celebrations! Watch us Saturday, the day before the Grey Cup to get some great beef dish ideas.  Serve fantastic food to friends and family to fuel you with all the energy to cheer on our Winnipeg Blue Bombers to victory!

Try these Manitoba Beef Producer favourites, like a one pot slow-cooked Tropical Pulled Beef Tacos, beef blade roast tossed in a sweet pineapple barbecue sauce , Philly Cheese Steak Pizza covered in provolone and Parmesan cheeses and topped with thinly sliced top sirloin steak or Skinny Mini Fiesta Burgers ground round beef sliders topped with an avocado salsa.


This Saturday November 26th at 6:30 PM on CTV.


Great Tastes Does Gluten Free!

Sheila, Ellen and Jim on set at Great Tastes of MB

Saturday Nov 5 at 6:30pm, on CTV Winnipeg, Ellen will be making us a gluten free meal.  Rated in the top 50 shows in Manitoba, the Great Tastes of Manitoba is an educational cooking program that features Manitoba food at its best.

The episode starts off with  Gluten Free Sesame Bread, a gluten free loaf that can be eaten on its own or as part of a larger breakfast or lunch. You can even make your own gluten free croutons!

Next up is the Pear Quinoa Salad with Warm Toasted Walnut Dressing. A gourmet salad that is easy to make right at home.  The warm dressing is perfect for fall and winter. 

To finish it all off why not make a batch of  Gluten Free Coconut Cupcakes.  Wow your family, guests or colleagues with this easy to take super trendy dessert. 

Interested in baking gluten free?  Email me jenn@mcgacanola.org with your address and I will send you a copy of our Gluten Free Baking Recipe Collection or view it online at http://www.mcgacanola.org/rec_brochures.cfm


Gluten Free Coconut Cupcakes

Gluten Free Sesame Bread

Pear Quinoa Salad

Not from Manitoba? We have you covered.  You can now watch past episodes at Great Tastes TV on YouTube.

Be Well…Jenn

Missed a GTOM episode?

Did you miss an episode? GreatTastes of Manitoba is now available online! Visit us at GreatTastesTV on YouTube.


Season 22 of Great Tastes of Manitoba

Join host Jim Ingebrigtsen and Ellen Pruden from Manitoba Canola Growers for the launch of the 22nd season of Great Tastes of Manitoba. Let them help in “Starting Your Day Off Healthy with Canola Oil”. Wake up with Ellen’s Family Favourite Pancakes or her Warm Apple Pancakes. Snack on Jenn’s Chewy Granola Bars, crammed with lots of energy and none of the guilt!

Al Bowness from Manitoba Liquor Marts will select wines, beers or spirits to enhance these healthy recipes.

For the full schedule click here.