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'Top Chef' Gives Birth to 'Junior'

Bravo’s “Top Chef” is cooking up an offspring.

The network said it is developing “Top Chef Junior,” an eight-episode series in which teens will take on culinary challenges, just like their grown-up counterparts on the top-rated cooking show.

The network also picked up a untitled project that will follow Jean-Christophe Novelli, named the world’s sexiest chef by the New York Times, as he moves to Los Angeles to set up a cooking school.

"With 'Top Chef'' as the No. 1 food show on cable comes the natural expansion in our food domain," said Frances Berwick. executive VP and general manager of Bravo Media. "With 'Top Chef Junior' we're reaching a growing market and are developing a series that will teach and test the skills of younger aspiring chefs and appeal to the whole family. We feel that Jean-Christophe Novelli's reputation, personality and expertise will prove incredibly enticing to our passionate core audience."