Top Chef Just Desserts
Bravo has picked up a second season of Top Chef spinoff Just Desserts.
The network announced the renewal Thursday, along with a nationwide casting call for both Just Desserts and the upcoming ninth season of the flagship series. Open calls will be in nine cities across the country beginning Feb. 27. No word yet on a premiere date.
Why Top Chef: Just Desserts was a bittersweet pill: Producers on the problem with pastry
Top Chef: Just Desserts, the cooking competition's second spinoff following Top Chef Masters, debuted in September with longtime Top Chef judge Gail Simmons as host. The sweet-themed spinoff struggled in the ratings, grabbing just 1.5 million viewers for its season finale. To compare, the season finale of Top Chef D.C. several months earlier nabbed 2.7 million.
Top Chef executive producers Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth acknowledged the difficulty in translating Top Chef's successful —and traditionally savory — formula to desserts.
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"Pastry chefs are used to being 100 percent in complete control of everything," Cutforth told TVGuide.com in November. "They're very anal about how they do things. So when you throw them in the Top Chef mix, where you don't have your recipes — by the way, every pastry chef was appalled by the idea that we do that — and we take away the comfort of time? And throw in some twists? It really pushed them to the limit."
Top Chef Masters was renewed last month for a third season — with new host Curtis Stone — and will premiere later this year.
Will you watch another season of Top Chef: Just Desserts?