Telemundo to launch Spanish-language “Top Chef”

Top Chef: Estrellas, to be hosted by novela star Aylin Mujica, will be the first Spanish-language edition of the hit Bravo series, and will feature eight competing celebrities.
July 15, 2013

Telemundo Media is prepping the first Spanish-language version of Bravo’s hit cooking competition Top Chef, to be produced by Magical Elves.

Top Chef: Estrellas, to be hosted by novela star Aylin Mujica and airing next season, will pit eight celebrities against each other in a cooking competition that will offer the winner a total of US$100,000 for the charity of his or her choice.

Celebrities taking part include writer, singer and sexologist Dr. Nancy Álvarez; TV host Fernando Arau; singer/actor Christian Chávez; model and novela star David Chocarro; actor Christian de la Campa; actress and TV host Erika de la Rosa; actress/singer Lorena Herrera; and actress and former Miss Puerto Rico Cynthia Olavarría.

As with its English-language counterpart, the Spanish version will be executive produced by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz.

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, Telemundo’s VP of content development, non-scripted. “Telemundo continues to innovate by bringing for the first time a cooking competition to Spanish-language primetime television.”

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