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Fall TV 2010: My Review of Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Desserts

With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, first the Emmy-winning mothership, then the successful Masters addition, now its all about the sweets…

What Bravo Says:

You may get a sugar high from Bravo’s sweetest new series, “Top Chef Just┬áDesserts” – a spin-off of the 2010 Primetime Emmy-nominated and James Beard Award-winning “Top Chef,” premiering Wednesday, September 15 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, and moving into its regular timeslot of 10 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22. These chefs can have their cake and make it too as the main focus of this competition is the Achilles heel of most chefs:┬ádesserts. This time the pastry chefs will see if they have what it takes to out flambe, out frost and out fudge the competition. Gail Simmons, a series judge on “Top Chef” for the past seven seasons, takes on the hosting duties of this highly competitive series showcasing the best of the best in the world of pastry arts. Joining the judges’ panel as head judge is Johnny Iuzzini, one of the country’s most celebrated and innovative pastry chefs and Executive Pastry Chef at Restaurant Jean Georges. Hubert Keller, critically acclaimed chef as well as guest judge on “Top Chef” and finalist on “Top Chef Masters,” and Dannielle Kyrillos, entertaining expert and DailyCandy Editor-at-Large will also serve as regular judges for the series.

Tune In: I think we can all admit that this past season of Top Chef has been anything less than stellar, but I think we can also agree that it was so nice to see the original, innovative food competition, win the reality Emmy. Now, after the successful spin-off, Bravo and Magical Elves are doing it again, this time using a familiar face and format. Gail Simmons host the all-sweets addition of Top Chef, and after seeing the premiere episode in which we meet the chefs and delving right in, I can say bring it on.

If the premiere is any indication, this season will have what the last season of Top Chef lacked, competition, personalities, and great food. I made the mistake of watching while hungary, and never, never, do that. Magical creations are made in the kitchens, and I hope they just keep on coming.

Watch, Record, Skip: If you like the original, you will sure to be a fan of this cycle and uses the familiar format in a colorful way. Top Chef: Just Desserts premieres tonight after the finale of Top Chef at 11/10c, but catch it in its regular time Wednesdays at 10/9c the following week.

Top Chef: DC + Work of Art = Genius?

Ok. So we all know Top Chef is great right? Right? Top Chef is easily one of the best produced and oddly engaging reality competition ever, and it is back tonight at a new time 9/8c in the nation’s capitol. Top Chef will still keep the same format of 17 chefs but will use its local and figures VERY prominently plus Eric Ripert, a recurring guest judge will take over for Toby Smith’s regular spot this year. Eric and Gail Simmons (who is hosting the new spin-off Top Chef: Just Desserts airing after this cycle) will be joined of course by Tom and Padma, and a guest judge most weeks.

Airing after Top Chef, is a surprise. Last week, Bravo premiered Work of Art: The Search for the Next Great Artist, from producer and on-and-off again appearance maker Sarah Jessica Parker. I had not heard much about Work of Art but when I tuned in last week I was very shocked to find a genuinely intelligent and interesting reality competition that will pair great with the foodie version. Work of Art takes artists from many backgrounds and puts them through challenges that tests their creatively and ultimately one will become the next great artist. The series host China Chow does a fine job in mixing the fun with the series and actually look interested in the art instead of just being a host.

If you tune in which you should to Top Chef: DC, do me a favor and check out Work of Art, you will not mind it one bit. The pair starts at 9/8c on Bravo!