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Top Chef Gets "Extreme" Spinoff, More

By Kelly Dobkin  |  January 16, 2014
Credit: Bravo

Top Chef keeps coming up with new ways to reinvent itself. Today we learn of Top Chef Extreme, a new spin-off series that will pit former competitors against each other. The concept is described in a press statement: "Two of the biggest, boldest and most talked-about personalities from Top Chef and Top Chef Masters past seasons will face off head-to-head in three rounds of extreme culinary challenges. The winners of each of these dream chef'testant battles will all compete against one another in the season finale in a definitive battle royal of pure gastronomic talent and ambition. In the end, old rivalries will be settled and one chef will cut down the competition to win the grand prize and, more importantly, ultimate culinary bragging rights." Look for it this summer. [Bravo]

NYC's famed Cronut-maker Dominique Ansel has hired a security guard "shaped like a Coke bottle" to keep people from cutting in line. It was a good week for Ansel as he also officially trademarked the creation that made his career go viral. [F&W]

And, those of you preparing to gorge on guacamole at a bar on Super Bowl Sunday should be warned: the price of avocados has gone up, which will likely drive up guac prices. [NYP]