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    Chef Academy (Bravo) - Premieres Nov. 16th

    Meet Jean Christophe Novelli, world renowned Michelin and 5AA Rosette award-winning chef with restaurants in London, France and South Africa, and voted "World's Sexiest Chef" by The New York Times. Bravo's Chef Academy chronicles Novelli's move to Los Angeles as he opens a test program for a top-notch culinary institute and trains and transforms those who aspire to cook like professionals. First order of business: selecting nine students to be his test subjects for his first Academy across the pond, but is America ready for this French culinary genius? Find out on Bravo's newest docu-series Chef Academy, premiering Monday, November 16 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

    French born and residing in London, his Novelli Academy Cookery School in the UK has placed in the "Top 25 Cookery Schools in the World," and he's thinking of opening one stateside, setting his sights on Venice, California. Working with Novelli on the ambitious experiment is his executive chef and right hand man, Steve Kitchen. For additional support during his extended stay in the U.S., Chef Novelli brings along his pregnant fiancée, Michelle, and hires a temporary assistant, Joel.

    On the season premiere, nine eclectic students are chosen to be the guinea pigs in Chef Novelli's culinary education experiment, hand picked by himself and Mr. Kitchen after performing the simple culinary task of cooking an egg. The students represent an array of backgrounds from newly trained chefs to anxious homemakers hoping to learn some new culinary tricks. Students are assessed weekly via a variety of tests from preparing bread to gutting a fish. But Chef Novelli forewarns the students – failing three tests is grounds for dismissal from his Academy.

    Throughout the series, Chef Novelli presents unique and delectable dishes that only someone of his caliber could create with directives laden with a heavy French accent. The awe-struck students, many of whom are culinary novices, are wowed by the creations they see too quickly taking shape with such ease in front of their eyes. While the dishes inspire the students, tensions arise when they are asked to recreate the dishes with their very fate at the Academy on the line.

    The students form a tight bond through this unique experience of attending the Novelli Academy, but the bonds are often tested with at times too many cooks in the kitchen. The nine students selected to enroll in Chef Novelli's esteemed Academy are:

    Kyle Daley, 29 – Salt Lake City, Utah and residing in San Diego, Calif. Emmanuel DelCour – Bordeaux, France and residing in Venice, Calif. Zoe Feigenbaum – New York, N.Y. Leanard Goodloe, 28 – New York, N.Y. Sarah Jacobsen, 29 – Chicago, Ill. Kyle Kupiszewski – Virginia Beach, Va. Carissa Loughead, 26 – Charlotte, N.C. Tracie Norfleet, 46 – Honolulu, Hawaii/Venice, Calif. Suzanne Winn, 47 – Mission Viejo, Calif.

    "Chef Academy" is produced by Mentorn USA for Bravo. Hannah Wyatt, Dan Barraclough and Greg Johnston ("The Osbournes," "Newlyweds") serve as executive producers.

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    Re: Chef Academy (Bravo) - Premieres Nov. 16th

    Looks very interesting, only problem is the 11pm start time. Oh, well, I must remember to set the recording device.
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    Re: Chef Academy (Bravo) - Premieres Nov. 16th

    Looks like it might be interesting, however not sure about that time slot. Do they not want it to succeed?

    Sexist chef in the world? Don't know about all that but he's definitely cute in that photo lol.

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    Re: Chef Academy (Bravo) - Premieres Nov. 16th

    Looks great!! The dvr is all set!!

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    Re: Chef Academy (Bravo) - Premieres Nov. 16th

    Usually a new show on Bravo premieres at 11PM, after another show that is about to end its season. The next week, the new show usually takes over the 10PM timeslot.
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    Re: Chef Academy (Bravo) - Premieres Nov. 16th

    Not even ten minutes into the show and already one of the wanna-be's from Millionaire Matchmaker - a gal named Alicia - auditioned for Jean-Christophe. Anyone else catch that?

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    Re: Chef Academy (Bravo) - Premieres Nov. 16th

    I liked it, especially when the Orange County Housewife won the first cook off. This is what is missing from Top Chef real people with quirky personalities. I would luv to see the OCHW on Survivor.
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    Re: Chef Academy (Bravo) - Premieres Nov. 16th

    I liked it, too. Looking forward to seeing how (if?) he can turn the amateurs into real chefs. I'd love to see them outcook the ones with culinary school & professional experience.

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    Re: Chef Academy (Bravo) - Premieres Nov. 16th

    I just watched this today...completely missed that it started last night! I liked it. I especially like the "if you fail three times, you're out".

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    Re: Chef Academy (Bravo) - Premieres Nov. 16th

    Quote Originally Posted by rebotco;3751847;
    Not even ten minutes into the show and already one of the wanna-be's from Millionaire Matchmaker - a gal named Alicia - auditioned for Jean-Christophe. Anyone else catch that?
    Yep. What a career killer for a TV wannabe.

    I enjoyed the first show, and I"ll watch.
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