Gusto unwraps holiday specials

Four new festive episodes of Flour Power will debut this month.

Bell Media lifestyle and food specialty channel Gusto has unveiled a raft of new culinary specials featuring chefs Spencer Watts, Michael Bonacini and Jessica McGovern.

Among them are a pair of one-hour specials, Spencer’s Big Holiday and Bonacini’s Italian Christmas, in addition to four new episodes of the Ottawa prodco’s half-hour baking series Flour Power.

Bonacini’s Italian Christmas, set to premiere on Dec. 18 at 10 p.m., puts a festive twist on Bonacini’s Italy and sees the chef exploring different regions of the country, sampling various holiday dishes. Meanwhile, Spencer’s Big Holiday, which is an extension of Spencer’s Big 30, sees Watts giving tips and tricks for dealing with the holiday season. It premiered on Dec. 4 at 10 p.m.

Michael Bonacini’s Christmas At the Farm, another one-hour special featuring the chef, is also set to return to the channel. Introduced last year, the show is set to air again on Dec. 11 at 10 p.m. and will focus on Bonacini recreating classic Welsh and Italian dishes from his childhood. Nigella Lawson’s Nigella’s Christmas Table will also air on the channel, making its Gusto premiere on Dec. 20 at 10 p.m.

Gusto’s in-house baking series Flour Power, hosted by McGovern, also returns with four new episodes: Twists on the Classics, Thanksgiving, Big Wow Desserts and Edible GiftsTwists on the Classics and Thanksgiving debuts on Dec. 10 at 10 p.m., followed by Big Wow Desserts and Edible Gifts on Dec. 17.