EXCLUSIVE: ‘Top Chef Amateurs’ Executive Producers Talk New Show

Calling all “Top Chef” followers! The franchise has a brand new culinary competitors referred to as “Top Chef Amateurs” premiering Thursday, July 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo. The Bravo show shall be hosted by Gail Simmons and provides gifted house cooks the chance to place their cooking abilities to the take a look at.

In every 30-minute episode, two beginner cooks will compete head-to-head in a few of the most iconic but tough challenges from “Top Chef” historical past. And sure, that features everybody’s beloved risotto. But what the contestants do not know is that earlier than they compete, they are going to be paired with completely different “Top Chef” alum and fan favorites. The alums will assist the amateurs spotlight their abilities and battle the one-hour cooking restrict.

Heavy not too long ago chatted with two of Magical Elves’ govt producers for “Top Chef Amateurs,” Zoe Jackson and Cat Sullivan. Jackson advised Heavy that their inspiration got here for the show after they would all the time hear followers speak about how “Top Chef” had impressed them and the way they suppose they may cook dinner issues otherwise.

“Plenty of it spawned out of that need to present folks the possibility to be like, ‘Okay you suppose you are able to do this okay come on via!'” Jackson advised Heavy. “‘Top Chef’ followers are so nice, they usually love the show a lot, so to present them the chance to be aside of it in that manner appeared nice. It appeared like the correct time to do it…And looking for a solution to carry some pleasure into folks’s lives is so cool.”

Jackson added that along with having a ardour for cooking, the amateurs even have a ardour for “Top Chef.” She advised Heavy, “The manner we began to slim it down was discovering individuals who not solely cherished to cook dinner and have an actual aptitude for it, however then additionally love the show. I believe there was an actual marriage for each, as a result of lots of people like to cook dinner…Like they’re simply tremendous followers who understood the ins-an-outs and every thing ‘Top Chef’ is attempting to do.”

After the amateurs and cooks compete, King and numerous alum visitor judges will decide every episode’s winners for a $5,000 prize. Eric Adjepong, Richard Blais, Jennifer Carroll, Shirley Chung, Stephanie Cmar, Tiffany Derry, Joe Flamm, Gregory Gourdet, Melissa King, Kwame Onwuachi, Dale Talde and Isaac Toups will all rotate all through the season.

Jackson & Sullivan Dished on How Both the Alumni & Amateurs Reacted to the Show

In true “Top Chef” vogue, Jackson and Sullivan admitted they cherished stunning each the amateurs and the alums. Jackson shared that when the amateurs signed up for the show, all they knew was that there was going to be some cooking concerned, however they’d no thought they’d be assembly a few of their idols.

“That was the very best a part of the day and since the show was new, the amateurs actually did not know what they have been moving into,” she advised Heavy. “We did not say them they have been cooking with folks, we did not say them they have been going to be judged by alumni, so each side that you simply’re seeing onscreen is them being fully stunned by what is going on on.

She added, “They have been genuinely so shocked and so excited..It gave us a brand new appreciation for what we’re doing and what we’re making. It truly does carry folks pleasure.”

As for the “Top Chef” alums, in addition they have been a tad “scared” and “nervous” as Jackson put it. But that each one modified after they realized the kitchen was a bit extra lighthearted than regular. “As quickly as they obtained on set and noticed how excited the amateurs have been to cook dinner with them and the strain was a bit decrease, they only needed to have enjoyable and make meals and hang around and decide their brains about stuff, they ended up having a blast and that was actually nice to see them benefit from the ‘Top Chef’ kitchen in a unique kind of manner.”

Just Because They’re Amateurs Doesn’t Mean the ‘Top Chef’ Kitchen Made It Easy on Them

They is probably not skilled cooks, however for an hour, they’d a very equal enjoying floor. “For the amateurs, we did not actually make it a lot simpler for them than it’s for the common cooks,” Sullivan advised Heavy. “Like we tried to maintain that as comparable as potential.”

The Magical Elves’ govt producers for “Top Chef Amateurs” additionally spilled a few of the season’s noteworthy challenges, and *spoiler* lots of them come from the greater than 700 previous challenges…and a kind of is the long-lasting blindfolded style take a look at.

“I believe while you have a look at ‘Top Chef’ total, there’s all the time a few staple challenges that everyone expects to see each season or possibly each different season and that is the place a number of the ‘Top Chef’ tremendous followers actually sit up for these challenges,” Sullivan mentioned. “There’s clearly these challenges that once we have been growing the show, we have been like we’ve got to get these in, not less than one in every of them in, and we’re very fortunate we obtained a few these in.”

Fans Should Also Expect Plenty of Easter Eggs

Throughout the show’s improvement, the producers needed to make it as enjoyable for the tremendous followers as potential. Both Sullivan and Jackson referred to the show as a “love letter” from them to their loyal followers of a few years.

“It’s actually a love letter from all of us to all people on the market that is been watching this show,” Jackson advised Heavy. “We actually needed to make one thing that folks which were dedicated to this show for therefore lengthy would get pleasure from. There’s easter eggs hidden in all places!”

Sullivan added, “That’s what ‘Top Chef Amateurs’ is all about! It’s creating this dream world and bringing these folks into this world that they’ve watched religiously for years and making them aside of it.”

“Top Chef Amateurs” is produced by the Emmy Award-winning manufacturing firm Magical Elves with Casey Kriley, Jo Sharon, Doneen Arquines, Gayle Gawlowski, Zoe Jackson and Hillary Olsen serving as govt producers.

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