Fabio-Viviani-Jen-Carroll-Richard Blais-Spike-Mendelsohn-Life-After-Top-Chef-Bravo.jpgIn the weeks between the end of “Top Chef Masters” and the beginning of “Top Chef: Seattle,” Bravo is keeping the franchise alive with a new competition-free series “Life After Top Chef.”

Instead of pitting chefs against each other in quickfire challenges, the show follows four former cheftestants — “Top Chef: All Stars” winner Richard Blais in Atlanta, Season 6’s Jen Carroll in Philadelphia, Season 4’s Spike Mendelsohn in D.C. and Season 5’s Fabio Viviani in Los Angeles — in their professional and personal lives.

The series premiere was a mostly genial affair, there’s no “Jersey Shore” antics or “Real World” bickering here, that relied heavily on the likable personalities of its familiar faces. But is that enough to support a weekly series? Even in a limited five episode run.

What did you think of the premiere of “Life After Top Chef” and will you be back next week?

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