While Food Network's cooking shows
continue to sizzle, Bravo is launching another spinoff for its “Top Chef” franchise. The network is taking some of the compelling personalities of its “Top Chef” series and
bringing viewers a sort of “where are they now?”
In October, Bravo will debut “Life After Top Chef,” with a look at the personal and professional lives of four previous contestants from Philly (Jen Carroll) to L.A. (Fabio Viviani). Bravo says all four have established themselves as "culinary leaders in the food world.”
Food Network and Bravo approach the food genre differently. By one measure, Food had a 15% ratings bump in the 18-to-49 demo through most of the second quarter.
Part of the coming show will look at Carroll’s move to open her own establishment, Concrete Blonde, while caring for a sick mother.
Viviani owns two L.A. restaurants and is “going nonstop with global food festivals, charity events, a Web show and multiple partnerships, and this unwavering ambition starts to take a toll on him, both physically and emotionally.”
In 2009, Bravo debuted “Top Chef Masters,” three years after the original (which has had nine seasons) launched. “Top Chef Just Desserts” had two seasons, the last in late 2011.