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Bravo orders 'Top Chef' spinoff 'Just Desserts'

October 26, 2009 | 11:15 am

On the heels of news that Bravo had renewed "Top Chef Masters" for a second season, the network has ordered another "Top Chef" spinoff, the sweet-centered "Just Desserts."

The new series, which will pit pastry chefs against one another, will air sometime next year. 

Desserts have long been the weak point of "Top Chef's" entree-minded contestants, Bravo's executive VP and general manager, Frances Berwick, told Variety. "Their Achilles' heel is usually the desserts," she said. "As this has gone on, we've been thinking that it would be fun to do a 'Top Chef' with experienced pastry chefs. We've had a few pastry chefs on 'Top Chef,' but they haven't gone too far. It's just a different skill."

A host and judges for "Just Desserts" have not yet been named. Magical Elves will produce.

By adding a third edition of "Top Chef" to the schedule, Berwick said that Bravo hopes to have some sort of "Top Chef" presence on the network's schedule year-round. "We're finding people really love this franchise, and there seems to be no end to the interest in it," she said.

-- Denise Martin