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Bravo Renews Top Chef For Third Season

January 02, 2007 07:51 PM by Joe Reality

Top_chef_2Bravo orders another helping of its acclaimed series "Top Chef," the No. 1 rated food series in all of cable television, for a third season of culinary competition. A nationwide casting call for season three fires-up this month with cook-offs in Dallas, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, and San Francisco. For more information, interested candidates can logon to BravoTV.com/casting. The announcement was made today by Lauren Zalaznick, President, Bravo.

"The second season of ‘Top Chef’ has outperformed even our highest expectations both in ratings and the quality of this non-fictional competitive drama," said Zalaznick. "We look forward to discovering another group of culinary talents with the same passion for food and cooking with commanding personalities that make ‘Top Chef’ a must see every Wednesday night."

"Top Chef" currently ranks as the number one rated food series in all of cable television averaging 1,224,000 P18-49, according to Nielsen Media Research. Season to date, "Top Chef" commands an impressive 56% percent increase among total viewers over the first cycle with five episodes remaining (1,224,000 vs. 786,000). "Top Chef" season two is Wednesday’s #1 cable series among Women 25-54, averaging 755,000 viewers in the demo.

Season two of "Top Chef" returns tomorrow night with a "supersized" edition, featuring guest judges Ted Allen ("Queer Eye") and Robert Ivan, Consulting Chef of Mauro’s Cafà at Fred Segal, along with a special appearance by Debi Mazar ("Entourage"), Jan. 3, 10-11:10 p.m. ET/PT.

In a colorful competition, the cooks must put their creative minds to the test, whipping up a three-item dish using one of the colors of the rainbow. Host Padma Lakshmi and judge Tom Colicchio size-up the dishes that are not only a treat for the taste buds, but also appealing to the eye — save for possibly the chef ‘s dish who is color blind.

Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves, the Emmy-nominated producers of "Project Runway," will return as executive producers for the third season of "Top Chef," along with executive producer Shauna Minoprio.

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9 Responses to “Bravo Renews Top Chef For Third Season”

  1. Marie Says:
    January 4th, 2007 at 11:54 am

    please please please tell me that pamidala isn’t coming back next season!!!

  2. annie Says:
    January 24th, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    i fucking hate how the decision was made tonight. i would have loved sam to win the top chef title. what the hell were the judges thinking, keeping marcel and kicking sam out. to the judges: bring sam back, you guys are crazy! ilan and marcel ain’t worthy of the title. it’s a big joke.

  3. Jasper Says:
    January 24th, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    I agree with the above. And what the H#^%$ll were they thinking tonight? The best chef all season was Sam and Elia’s dishes were as good. I thought that the final two would be based on the entire body of work not just the end. What a joke. Sam was the clear winner over all.Marcel doesn’t cook, he “creates” food not dishes.

  4. kelihall Says:
    January 25th, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    Marcel may not be “best friend” material, but the competition is about cooking. My vote would be for Marcel.

  5. marie c Says:
    January 27th, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    It seems to me that most reality shows are intentionally keeping the most disliked person through to the final round purely because it makes for good tv. Top Chef is doing this with Marcel. Project Runway does it every season. It’s terribly annoying.

  6. Kat Says:
    February 1st, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    Ilan,Sam and Elia should have been the final three, not Marcel. He uses those nasty chemicals. COme on who would want to eat chemicals. I want real food not food made in a chem lab.

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