Life is about to get a whole lot sweeter for sugar fiends. That's because Bravo, the network that airs Top Chef and Top Chef Masters (which got the green light for a second season), has just added the icing on the cake: a new show titled Top Chef: Just Desserts, which will pit confectionists and pastry chefs against one another to see who spins the last sugar standing. Like the Top Chef contestants, all the boys and girls will live together in a fancy compound during filming as one patissier gets eliminated each week by an aggregation of judges, none of which have been named.
D Bar Dessert owner and pastry chef Keegan Gerhand and his wife, Lisa
The Bravo show was sparked by the fact that the contestants on Top Chef pretty much sucked in pastry challenges. "Their Achilles heel is usually the desserts," said Bravo exec VP-general manager Frances Berwick. "As this has gone on, we've been thinking that it would be fun to do a Top Chef with experienced pastry chefs. We've had a few pastry chefs on Top Chef, but they haven't gone too far. It's just a different skill," she explained to Variety.
Curious as to whether Keegan Gerhard, our hometown sugar star and owner-pastry chef of D Bar Desserts, 1475 East 17th Avenue, would be part of the cake squad, I got in touch with him late yesterday. "Bravo approached me to host the show about three weeks ago, but I don't have an agent and apparently I need an agent, and right now, I have no plans to get an agent," Gerhard told me.
And that, said Gerhard, who already hosts the top-rated Food Network Challenge, is just the half of it. "Honestly, it's a really big decision to switch networks, but beyond that, I'm not looking for that kind of work. I already get enough shit from people who say that I'm not at D Bar enough, and even though I don't agree with that, I want to spend as much time here as I can," he told me.
Then again, if he were approached to cook, he might consider it. "I don't know, man," Gerhard said. "Maybe a TV show where I can cook, but I know I don't want to host."
If you're interested in going head-to-head with other pastry chefs on Top Chef: Just Desserts, applications can be downloaded from www.BravoTV.com/casting, and open calls are currently being held in cities (not Denver) across the country:
WASHINGTON D.C. Wednesday, November 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Occidental Grill & Seafood at Willard InterContinental Hotel
BOSTON Wednesday, November 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Westin Boston Waterfront
ATLANTA Sunday, November 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Craft Restaurant
NEW YORK Sunday, November 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CraftSteak
DALLAS Wednesday, November 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Abacus www.kentrathbun.com
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LAS VEGAS Wednesday, November 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Craftsteak
LOS ANGELES Sunday, November 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Craft Restaurant
PORTLAND Sunday, November 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Benson Hotel