In 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?