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Top Chef Chile Starts Tomorrow. Watch This And Get Excited. (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[TVN]

[TVN]

If you can’t tell yet, we’re pretty excited about Top Chef Chile.  It starts tomorrow, and it’s going to be incredible.  The haircuts, the glasses, the bitching, the challenges.  It’s all there, and it’s just a day away from taking over our lives.  Are you as excited as we are?  If not, you should be.  If you’re in need of a little motivation to get your ass on the couch tomorrow night at 22:05, watch the video below and get ready.  Chilean cuisine may never be the same.  Stay tuned Friday for our recap of Episode 1.  Your time starts now!

Francis Mallmann Will Be Featured On ‘Chef’s Table,’ A New Netflix Series (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[photo: La Panza Porteña]

[photo: La Panza Porteña]

Although he has basically shunned any limelight that awards like Latin America’s 50 Best may choose to give him, Francis Mallmann’s popularity shows no signs of waning any time soon.  He has a new cookbook coming out this year, at least a couple of shows on the Gourmet channel, will be appearing in this week’s episode of the U.S.-produced Mind of a Chef, and in 2015, will be featured on the new Netflix series, Chef’s Table.  It seems that rejecting awards has its own perks.

Mundo Cuisine reports that Mallmann, along with Massimo Bottura, Magnus Nilsson, Dan Barber, Ben Shewry, and Niki Nakayama will be featured on the show, which will dig deeper into the lives and history of each of the chefs.  Lisa Nishimura, vice president of Orginal Comedy and Documentary for Netflix, said that shows like Chef’s Table will “benefit enormously from being shown in episodes,” rather than in a long format documentary style.  A chef like Francis Mallmann may not need any more media attention, but as a pioneer in the return to cooking exclusively with fire, he certainly deserves it.  As usual, his style will make for incredible television.  An official air date hasn’t been released, but we can expect to see Chef’s Table some time in 2015. 

Top Chef Chile’s First Contestants Have Been Revealed (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[TVN]

[TVN]

By now, at least in the United States, if a new season of Top Chef were coming, there would a great deal of anticipation surrounding the new crop of participants and where they come from.  For now, though, the buzz in Chile hasn’t quite caught on just yet.  Either way, we’re excited because it’s the first version of Top Chef to hit South America, and it could be a big game changer for the role of gastronomy, particularly in a country like Chile, whose cuisine is rarely given much attention.

A few videos have been released about the panel of judges and what they’ll be expecting from the participants, but as of yesterday, we know who the first four contestants will be.  In a quick, one-minute video, we get to see Juan Morales of the newly-inaugurated D.O., José Luis Calfucura, otherwise known as Mapuche Chef, Víctor León of Harina Gourmet, and Alicia Rodriguez of Pastichef, giving us their game faces, their mantras, and a look at their knives. As season one prepares to roll out with some of the leading names in Chilean cuisine, the show looks like it could be a huge success.

The music is there.  The sound effects are there.  And now we have chefs.  Top Chef Chile is about to start, and we couldn’t be happier.  Follow them on Twitter at @topcheftvn.

‘Cocinando Sudamérica’, The TV Show That Explores Culinary Tradition Across The Continent (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Cooking The Continent]

[Cooking The Continent]

I met up with Sebastián and Chilu at a classic neighborhood bar, taking advantage of the team behind Cooking The Continent was in town presenting their new series of documentaries at Doc Montevideo.  The chat was to allow attendees the chance to better get to know the project Cocinando Sudamérica (see the video trailer below), and the heart of the chat was undoubtedly about food.  With more than 40.000 km covered, the team set out on “an instinctive and intuitive search guided by hunger,” Sebastián told us.  They’ve traveled to 11 countries recommended not only by chefs, but also by real eaters, wise about food, learning about dishes, recipes, cooking methods, ingredients and equipment.

Developing The Idea
The idea behind Cocinando Sudamérica wasn’t born at a computer nor in a producer’s office while creating content. It was born in a kitchen far from Latin America, in New Zealand.  There, Sebastián was washing dishes and learning to cook, and Olli was cooking.  After three months working together, Olli started working on the idea that he wanted to get to know the cuisine of Latin America.  But even though Olli wanted to go, Sebastián didn’t want to go back.  Finally, the idea started to materialize, to go with a gastronomy focus, and people started to join in.  The recipe was written and upon returning to Chile they started to plan the route.

Here’s A TV Spot For Brazil’s Forthcoming Master Chef (PO)

By Patrick Hieger

[Master Chef Brazil]

[Master Chef Brazil]

Although we don’t even have an official air date yet, the excitement around the forthcoming edition of Master Chef in Brazil is already heating up.  As we reported earlier this month, Brazil will be the fourth South American country, behind Peru, Argentina and, most recently Chile, to get a version of the show.  The prize for Brazil’s winner will be R$ 150,000 (approx. US $66,000).  Below, the exciting new TV spot.  Excited?

Will Cake Boss Come To São Paulo? (PO)

By Patrick Hieger

[Veja SP / Lucas Vianna]

[Veja SP / Lucas Vianna]

Apparently Jamie Oliver isn’t the only international chef who’s been won over by his recent experience in Brazil.  On a recent visit to São Paulo, the vociferous Buddy Valastro of cake show Cake Boss, which focuses on the baker’s booming cake business, said that he should open a shop in São Paulo, because it would always be full.  Although he detailed no plans for a bakery, according to Veja SP Valastro did mention that he’d like to produce specific content for Brazil.  Christ the Redeemer, football and Carnaval-inspired cakes are probably in the near future. 

Here’s The Casting Application For Master Chef Chile (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Canal 13]

[Canal 13]

Just in case you haven’t been paying attention, Chile is about to get two major culinary competition shows: Top Chef, as done by TVN, and Master Chef, as done by Canal 13.  For all you amateur cooks out there that might like a chance at the title of Master Chef, here’s the casting application.  Be prepared to answer questions about your personal history, your cooking history, your future, your favorite things like books, and so on.  Filming is set to begin in August, so be sure and get your application in soon if you want a chance to participate.  ¡Suerte!

En caso de que no has puesto atención, Chile está al punto de tener dos programas de competencia culinaria: Top Chef, hecho por TVN, y Master Chef, hecho por Canal 13.  Por todos los cocineros aficionados que quieren la oportunidad para ganar el título de Master Chef, aquí es el formulario de casting.  Prepárate contestar preguntas sobre tu historia personal, tu historia de cocinar, tu futuro, tus cosas favorits como libros y lo demás.  Se empieza la grabación a partir de agosto, por eso debes llenar el formulario para poder competir.  ¡Suerte!

Is Chile Getting A Version Of ‘Top Chef’? (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

TOPCHEFCHILEWell, it appears that might be the case.  Cooperativa wrote this morning that television giant TVN has purchased rights to the show, and is in the process of casting.  According to José Miranda, an exec at TVN in charge of foreign programming, they realized it could “be a show for mass entertainment, even though I thought it was more of a niche product.”  According to Cooperativa, casting began this Monday, with filming possibly starting in August.  HOLY SHIT!  CHILE IS GOING TO HAVE TOP CHEF!!! We’ll be following this closely.  [via Cooperativa]