'Top Chef' spinoff in Bravo recipe

Network targets teens with two new series

Bravo is cooking up a spinoff to its "Top Chef" franchise that would feature teenage competitors.

In addition, the cable network has given an eight-episode order to an untitled docu-series that will follow chef Jean-Christophe Novelli as he opens a cooking school in Los Angeles.

"Top Chef Junior," which is in development, is a cooking-competition series that would feature contestants who likely will range from ages 13-16. Bravo said "Top Chef," which airs its Season 4 finale Wednesday night, is a draw with younger viewers, ranking in the top 15 shows among kids/teens 2-17 in the Wednesday 10-11 p.m. slot among all ad-supported cable entertainment networks for the season to date.

Frances Berwick, executive vp and GM at Bravo Media, said "Junior" would "appeal to the whole family."

Magical Elves, which produces "Top Chef," will produce "Junior," with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz serving as executive producers.

Meanwhile, the Novelli series, which likely will premiere in 2009, will center on the chef, who has restaurants in London, France and South Africa and already has a cooking school in the U.K.

It's produced by Mentorn USA (Bravo's "Work Out"), with Greg Johnston (MTV's "The Osbournes"), Hannah Wyatt and Dan Barraclough serving as executive producers.