Spencer’s BIG Holiday Wins a James Beard Award

Ottawa, Canada, April 29, 2019 – Gusto Worldwide Media is proud to announce that Spencer’s BIG Holiday has won a James Beard award in the Special (on TV or Online)category. The prestigious honour was accepted by chef Spencer Watts and
Production Manager Steph Brown at the James Beard Media Awards dinner that took place on Friday, April 26 in New York City.
This is the second James Beard Award win for Spencer’s BIG Holiday creator and executive producer Chris Knight. Previously, Fish the Dish, also hosted by Spencer Watts, won a 2017 James Beard Award for Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location.
“The James Beard Awards sets the high standard for food television and we take this win to heart. We’re proud to be recognized by our peers who share our profound passion and love for food,” said Chris Knight, President and CEO of Gusto Worldwide Media. “A big shout out to the gifted chef and very talented host Spencer Watts.”
Spencer’s BIG Holiday is festive one-hour holiday special with high-energy host Spencer Watts as who serves up decadent holiday meals, treats, and drinks. Spencer shows us how to entertain in delicious style and sail through the hectic holiday season, from brunch to the moment the clock strikes midnight. 
Long considered as the “Oscars of the food world”, the James Beard Awards celebrate inspiring culinary professionals in their respected fields, including chefs, cookbook authors and broadcast media.
The full list of winners are available at www.jamesbeard.org.
About Gusto Worldwide Media
Gusto Worldwide Media is a vertically integrated media company that produces, distributes, and broadcasts high-quality food content. Based in Canada, Gusto operates from its state-of-the-art facility which includes a studio, test kitchen, post-production plant, master control, and playout services. Gusto’s proprietary content includes over 500 hours of original food and lifestyle programming with 100 new hours created annually. In 2013, Gusto Worldwide Media launched its linear TV channel and SVOD service Gusto TV in Canada. In 2016, Bell Media launched the premium lifestyle channel Gusto in Canada, commissioning a multi-year slate of series from Gusto Worldwide Media. Internationally, Gusto Worldwide now operates bespoke channels on multiple platforms in the US, Singapore, Latin America, and the UK, with more rollouts to come.

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