January 02, 2007 07:51 PM by Joe Reality
Bravo 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 CafÃƒ 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.