Bravo's competition series "Top Chef," which has enjoyed steady ratings growth over its eight weeks on the air, will be coming back for a second course.
The cable network has renewed the show, which comes from the producers of "Project Runway," for a second cycle and will begin searching for undiscovered culinary stars later this month in Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles.
"'Top Chef' has a flavor and spice viewers are savoring, making it one of the most successful new cable shows to debut this year," Bravo President Lauren Zalaznick says. "We're committed to this series and look forward to another successful season showcasing some of the best culinary talent in the country."
And, as Bravo is wont to do with shows that are doing well, the network has extended the current season by adding a reunion show and playing out the finale over two weeks. The reunion special, featuring previously eliminated contestants and unaired footage from past episodes, is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10.
The final three contestants will be pared to two the following week, and the winner will be revealed May 24.
Ratings for "Top Chef," while not in the upper reaches of the cable stratosphere, have nonetheless been improving over the show's run. Last week's episode hit a series high of 1.3 million viewers, with more than 900,000 of those coming from the adults 18-49 demographic.