Dan Levy to host cooking competition ‘The Big Brunch’ on HBO Max


I am about to be disowned by the bulk of you but: I’m not a brunch person. I like the food well enough, but I can’t abide with the timing. It just eats up the day in all the wrong ways. You can’t get anything done before it because you’re preparing for it, and you can’t get anything done after it because it’s gone too far into the afternoon and/or you’re suffering from food fatigue. I know, Tell me you’re a Capricorn without telling me you’re a Capricorn, Hecate. So I am very curious what I will take from Dan Levy’s new competition show, The Big Brunch. Dan created the show, which will appear on HBO Max, to highlight both talent and the “underestimated” meal itself. So far, there are a lot of concepts being bandied about, like that the winner will receive a “life-altering prize” and that the chefs are “undiscovered culinary voices” who will “share their stories and their business dreams,” but not a lot of specifics such as what will take place during the show and whether these are trained chefs, home cooks, employed, changing careers, etc. It sounds very much like David Rose’s scattered business plan when he applied for a license for the apothecary on Schitt’s Creek.

“Schitt’s Creek” co-creator and star Dan Levy is hosting new cooking competition “The Big Brunch” at HBO Max, the streaming service said Monday.

Per its logline, “Created by Levy and centering around one of the most versatile and underestimated dining experiences, ‘The Big Brunch’ is a cooking competition series that celebrates the most inspiring undiscovered culinary voices from every corner of the country. Chefs will be offered the opportunity to share their stories and their business dreams, while also competing for a life altering prize. All while finding innovative and personal ways to redefine what it means to dine between 11am and 3pm.”

“Everybody has a friend, a family member, or a co-worker that is extraordinary at what they do, they just need a leg up so that their talents can be appreciated on a larger scale,” Levy, who played the food-obsessed David Rose on his Emmy-winning series “Schitt’s Creek,” said in a statement accompanying the series order for “The Big Brunch” on Monday.

He continued: “Thanks to an almost obsessive love of food, I’ve been lucky enough to come across many of those people in the culinary world — friends working out of cafes or food trucks, revolutionizing the menus at local diners — those special humans who create communities around their cooking, hoping to take their skills to the next level. I created this show for them, the local culinary heroes of America who deserve a spotlight. That, and who doesn’t want to watch maple syrup being poured slowly over a golden stack of perfectly cooked, creme brûlée inspired French toast?”

[From The Wrap]

Dan succeeded in making me hungry, so I’m already sold. My guess is the vagueness and florid terms have more to do with the show still be formed than Dan and HBO trying to be mysterious. Don’t tell HBO but I shut off the program as soon as I see the final submission because all I care about is the creations. I never stick around to see who gets eliminated or why. The head of original content for HBO Max, Sarah Aubrey, referenced cocktails in her statement, which I was curious about because they are such a part of brunch culture. Boozy brunches – and brunch-goers – are a blast, sure, but I hope the show dedicates time to mocktails and dry-brunch options. Not enough shows work with food and non-alcohol pairings and recipes.

I am very curious to see Dan as a host. I think he’s going to be a “nice” host, the kind who wants everyone to win. I keep seeing both Dan and David referred to as food-obsessed and this isn’t something I am familiar with. I remember Dan discussing food during the pandemic, but that was about his aborted attempts of baking and making the decision he was more of an “ordering food” kind of guy. And was David food-obsessed? The article keeps talking about the Fold the Cheese episode, but that hardly solidified David as Schitt’s Creek resident foodie. Well, maybe by S. Creek’s standards he was. Regardless of my pedantry, this seems like a good fit for Dan, and that includes the romantic descriptions of breakfast foods. I have no doubt it will come together, Dan’s proven himself in that department. This sounds fun and I’ll give it a try. Who knows, maybe Dan’ll make a bruncher out of me yet.




Photo credit: Avalon Red and Instagram

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

26 Responses to “Dan Levy to host cooking competition ‘The Big Brunch’ on HBO Max”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. Erin says:

    He actually co-hosted The Great Canadian Baking Show. He was warm and funny, and he did seem really into food. He made several comments about it. So, I think he’ll be great!

    • Rosalee says:

      Dan Levy and Julia Chan were adorable, funny and highly entertaining as cohosts of the Great Canadian Baking Show.

    • Northerngirl says:

      He was the best host on TGCBS! I miss him..

    • Elvie says:

      Came here to say this! The show is very on-brand for Dan who campaigned for his hosting gig on The Great Canadian Baking Show.

    • Charfromdarock says:

      Dan was delightful on the GCBS!

      I don’t like reality shows in general except for the Great Baking Shows. I will watch this, I would imagine it will be a kinder gentler type of competition.

      • Anne Call says:

        I found out that GCBS was available on YouTube and definitely going to check it out. Those shows are soothing and what I need as I watch repubs clawing themselves back into power.

    • Mika says:

      Yeah. GCBS was his only other TV job. This whole blog post could have been a Google search.

  2. Driver8 says:

    I hope he remembers how to fold the cheese.

  3. L84Tea says:

    Am I the only one who is completely exhausted with cooking competitions? I love Dan Levy and my feeling has nothing to do with him personally. I’m just burned out on competition shows in general. Once upon a time in the early to mid 2000’s, I actually learned how to cook from watching cooking shows, but all of the food channels are now dominated by cooking and baking competitions. I find them fun once in a while, especially the holiday related ones, but it’s constant now. I don’t know, I just miss the days where I could turn on the Food Network or the old Style network and watch a straightforward cooking show and leaving me feeling like I could now go in my kitchen and bake a souffle because I saw it instructed. Okay, rant over. More coffee now.

    • Abby says:

      I haven’t really watched many cooking competition shows. I used to watch chopped, which was fun because tue ingredients are so off the wall.

      I know the pioneer woman still has a traditional cooking show. Does Ina Garten? Have you watched Stanley Gucci’s Searching for Italy? It’s more of a travel food show but it’s great. I think these kind of shows are so relaxing too.

    • Rachel De Young says:

      I despise cooking shows. Food Network just sucks now. In the early 2000’s I could watch that channel all day. Such good content. Now only on Saturday and Sunday morning are programs I like to watch. Ina, Pioneer Women (she’s not my fav, but she “cooks”), the young lady from the farm. This is why I was devastated when they cancelled “The Chew”.

    • Tanya Nguyen says:

      Hello – look for CreateTV in your TV viewing area. It’s a PBS channel. They have cooking shows where I actually can learn how to cook like Milk Street, America’s test kitchen, cook’s country and more. Really educational channel and no food competitions

    • Eurydice says:

      May I join you in your rant? I don’t think cooking food should be a cage battle. I stopped watching Food Network long ago. I stopped Masterchef because I couldn’t stand the faux anger of the chef/judges and the antagonism fostered between the contestants. I loathe Chopped – with its sloppiness and stupid ingredient baskets.

      I still watch British Baking Show because it’s relatively peaceful and I watch Masterchef Greece because I like hearing Greek and because they have a “master class” every week which goes over cooking techniques and how to prepare various ingredients. And even there, they’ve changed it to add a Big Brother vibe, with all the contestants in one house and pretend bitching at each other – I ff through all that.

      But about brunch – I like it. I don’t do it all the time, but I like having a leisurely day out with my friends with no pressure to get chores done or multi-task this and that. Get up late, wear something cozy, meet the friends, eat masses of bacon, laugh and chat, go home and take a nap – then I’m ready for the work week.

      • FilmTurtle says:

        @Eurydice Is “Masterchef Greece” available online anywhere?

      • Eurydice says:

        @Filmturtle – the old seasons are on YouTube. The new season starts in January and you can watch the episodes the day after on the Star TV website and a few days later on YouTube. There have also been seasons of Greek Baking Show and Masterchef Jr. They’re also on YouTube, but I don’t think there will be new seasons.

      • L84Tea says:

        I so want to check out that Masterchef Greece!

      • FilmTurtle says:

        @Eurydice Awesome, thank you.

  4. Smalltowngirl says:

    Dan did an excellent job hosting the first two seasons of the Great Canadian Baking Show and I think he will be great

  5. wordnerd says:

    My husband loves cooking competitions, so I’ve watched many an ep of Chopped and Iron Chef, but here’s my issue: you can’t taste what they’re talking about! So, no offense to Dan, but unless they’re bringing the dishes to my house for me to enjoy, I’m out.

  6. Amy Too says:

    Is brunch really from 11-3? I always thought of brunch as being between breakfast and lunch. Like 11-12 or so. It’s too late to really be breakfast, but it’s not late enough for it to be lunch. Does brunch actually mean “breakfast for lunch”? Because if so 11-3 would make sense.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I always thought about 10-ish to maybe 1P–at least, those are the hours I would aim for for a brunch. I’m not particularly fond of going out for breakfast, as I’d rather not have to make myself presentable too early in the morning–bad enough I have to do that during the workweek–so 10-ish works for me & ending by 1 so I don’t completely kill the rest of the day. I’m with Hecate on that.

  7. Diamond Rottweiler says:

    Thank God you said it—brunch is the utter waste of a day. My Mother’s Day request is always “Please don’t make me do brunch.” Lol. But I’ll watch for Dan Levy. And brunch recipes are great for my son’s regular “Let’s have breakfast for dinner!” requests.

  8. EllSimpson says:

    As someone who grew up and attended school with Dan Levy (who grew up in the richest neighbourhood in Toronto), I can attest to the fact that he is an awful horrible mean person, he is cruel, he is mean spirited. He is not humble and he made it very clear that he valued himself above everyone who didn’t have famous people a phone call away.
    And to see his success climb and him become beloved makes me sick. I wish you all knew how he really is. I knew him before and after coming out of the closet so it’s not related to hiding his sexuality. It’s just who is he. He sucks.

  9. canichangemyname says:

    I don’t have HBO Max, and I’ve hit my limit of streaming services LOL, but I love him, I love cooking shows, and I can see him being a fantastic host. I’d definitely watch.

    That all being said, I’m not a brunch person at all either. It does break up the day in a weird way for me as well. The few times I’ve gone, I end up spending the morning getting ready and by the time it’s over the day feels gone LOL