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Conviction Kitchen premieres Sunday, September 13 on Citytv!

    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Watch as celebrity chef Marc Thuet and his
wife/business partner Biana Zorich put a group of ex-cons through the culinary
wringer in an attempt to open a high class restaurant and offer the ex-cons a
second chance to start a new life. The Citytv original series Conviction
Kitchen premieres Sunday, September 13 at 10PM.
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    "We were initially drawn to this project because of its unique concept,"
commented Alain Strati, Vice President, Specialty & Development, Rogers Media
Television. "Conviction Kitchen is much more than just a once in a lifetime
opportunity, it is about giving people a second chance for their future."
    With just three weeks before the restaurant doors open, world-renowned
executive chef, Marc Thuet, and his wife and business partner, Biana Zorich,
put their reputations and finances on the line as they train a staff of former
bank robbers, thieves and minor offenders, completely outfit a brand new
business, and create an Italian menu around fresh and seasonal ingredients.
Having lived through some extreme circumstances, this motley crew is eager for
a new lease on life, but it won't be easy.
    In the premiere episode Marc and Biana meet the 24 ex-convicts and waste
no time in putting them to the test to determine who will make it to the final
twelve. The first day of training sees tempers flare as death threats fly and
two trainees walk away from the project. Some of the biggest challenges they
will face will be intensely personal as they strive to overcome individual
obstacles and inner demons. The clock is ticking as they have just three
months to turn a profit before the restaurant is shut down and their dream of
leading a straight life disappears faster than a snitch in the pen.
    From prison kitchen cooks to gourmet restaurant chefs see who has what it
takes to make it on the outside when Conviction Kitchen premieres as follows:Broadcast information:
    Citytv Toronto    Sunday, September 13 at 10 PM ET
    Citytv Winnipeg   Sunday, September 13 at 10 PM CT
    Citytv Calgary    Sunday, September 13 at 10 PM MT
    Citytv Edmonton   Sunday, September 13 at 10 PM MT
    Citytv Vancouver  Sunday, September 13 at 10 PM PTAn encore presentation of the premiere episode will air Monday, September
14 at 8PM ET/PT (7PM CT, 9P MT)

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