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Telemundo Sets Spanish-Language Version of ‘Top Chef’

Program will bow on the Spanish-language net next TV season

Hit reality competition programs continue to migrate to Spanish-language nets, as Telemundo signs on to produce its own version of Bravo’s “Top Chef.”

Announcement follows “La Voz Kids,” Telemundo’s version of NBC competition “The Voice,”  bowing on the network earlier this year to solid ratings. Following suit, MundoFOX will roll out its version of Fox’s “The X Factor” at the end of the month.

Telemundo is, like NBC and Telemundo, under the NBCUniversal umbrella, so the migration of “Top Chef” to Telemundo keeps the program within the NBCU family.

“Top Chef: Estrellas” (Top Chef Stars) will feature eight Hispanic celebs as they vie for the Top Chef title and $100,000 for a charity of their choice. Each week, the celebs will cook their favorite dishes under the guidance of pro chefs. Lorena Garcia, Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu will judge the series, with novela star Aylin Mujica set to host.
“’Top Chef: Estrellas’ is an innovative television concept that blends the best of Bravo’s successful Top Chef franchise with the intense passion our audience has for their favorite stars,” said Daniel Cubillo, veep of unscripted development at Telemundo. “Telemundo continues to innovate by bringing for the first time a cooking competition to Spanish-language prime time television.”

Celebs featured on “Top Chef: Estrellas” include Dra. Nancy Alvarez, Fernando Arau, Christian Chavez, David Chocarro, Christian de la Campa, Erika De La Rosa, Lorena Herrera, and Cynthia Olavarria.

Magical Elves is producing “Top Chef: Estrellas,” with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz exec producing.

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