A Taste for Success: Brad Smith
by andrew chapados | Success is easy to build upon, that’s why Brad Smith has continued to see achievements throughout his career. As a former CFL player and Bachelor star, Smith has maintained his high profile as host of Chopped Canada for the last couple of years. Smith has no doubt played a big part in the show being Food Network Canada’s #1 original series opening many more doors for the bright young star.
onthego: You’ve made quite the career for yourself since you were named the first Bachelor Canada. From transitioning to reality TV contestant to entertainment reporter to now host of the Food Network Canada’s #1 show, Chopped Canada, did you always see yourself working on television?
brad: To be honest, I’d always known from a very young age that I like to be in front of people and try to make them laugh. Truthfully I never thought it was going to be on television. When you take the job of being the Bachelor Canada, you’re basically conceding to the fact that you will never be on TV again — it’s not usually a career building moment. And in this case, most people are laughing at you. So after that, when Rogers asked me to come on board for Breakfast Television and Your World This Week, I was in shock. I literally had one friend begging me not to do the Bachelor, and now I have a massive company hiring me for the number one morning show in Canada. So, at 16, 20, even 28 I was ready to be a career man. But, at no point did I think it was going to be in front of the camera. But I’m truly grateful for Heather Muir who found me, Scott Moore for hiring me as Canada’s Bachelor and Jordan Schwartz for letting me realize a dream I didn’t think was possible or attainable!
otg: What is it like being part of the Chopped Canada family? What do you like most about being on the show?
brad: It’s one of the greatest groups to be around. Our judges are some of the most down-to-earth people I’ve ever met. I never really considered myself as someone who knew a lot about the culinary world. I have always loved food of course but when you see Susur Lee cook, and hear Mark McEwan talk about how things should be done, your eyes really open up! And not to mention, a crew of around a hundred people, that we all love being around. No conflict, no drama and no egos which is tough in the television world to find.
otg: We’ve heard that writing is something you have also been diving into. Can you tell us more about that? Anything big you are working on that you can share with us?
brad: It has turned into a second love! I have been in discussions with a few production companies, about a script I have written. I can’t give it away yet, but the reviews have been amazing! The thing about writing, which may be its best and worst attribute, is that people always judge the creative. Why put so much time and effort into something that may never materialize, may get thrown out or used as tomorrow’s trash. But that risk is worth the reward of one person reading it and it having any positive effect!
otg: You started your career in professional football playing for the CFL and then became a reality star, to now hosting a major network show. When you do have some free time, what can we find you doing?
brad: Honestly, I’ve turned into a grandpa! My daily relaxation technique is sweats and as many movies as I can watch. When I was an entertainment reporter, it was a dream come true because I fought and auditioned so hard for that gig. Films are some of the happiest memories of my life, and sharing those amazing times with my Dad.
otg: Congratulations again on all your success! What’s next for you? Do you have any upcoming projects that you can share with our readers and your fans?
brad: Well we are always trying to make Chopped Canada the best it can be; I’ve dedicated a lot of my new found free time to trying to (as cheesy as this sounds) give back. I’m a huge supporter of SickKids hospital and have always tried to do as many events as I can for them, and the same goes for Eastern Seals Ontario. I’ve been very blessed, and feel moreso to even have such amazing organizations ask me to be a part of anything they do! And as for the future, The Bachelor didn’t work out the first time as I’d hoped … so maybe convince the powers that be to do a Round Two?! Just joking! Or am I?
You can watch Brad on Chopped Canada, Saturdays at 9pm et on Food Network Canada.