Ana Langenberg, SVP of Format Sales and Production at NBCU Formats, revealed to ttvnews that the iconic culinary competition show will return in 2020 with a second season on Record TV in Brazil and a fifth season on Telemetro in Panama.
Top Chef, NBCUniversal Formats’ hit culinary competition, will return with new seasons in two key territories in Latin America.
The format has been renewed for a second season in Brazil and a fifth season in Panama, as confirmed to ttvnews by Ana Langenberg, SVP of Format Sales and Production at NBCU Formats, in Natpe Miami.
“We’ve come to Natpe with the news of a new season of Top Chef in Brazil on Record TV, which will be produced by Floresta again,” she said.
“We are really excited about that. Brazil was one of our newest territories for Top Chef. It did very well for Record last year so it’s coming back for a second season.”
Produced by Sony-backed producer, Floresta, the second season of Top Chef Brazil will have 13 episodes and be hosted by chef Felipe Bronze, with Emmanuel Bassoleil, French chef, and Ailin Aleixo, food journalist, as judges.
In addition, the format is returning to Panama with a fifth season of its original version, as well as a second one for its kids’ version, both set to air on Telemetro.
“We will also have a new season of Top Chef in Panama, which we are very excited about. It will be the fifth series”, the executive said to ttvnews.
“And they are going to do the same as they did last time, which is to have a short season of Top Chef Kids, as part of their prime time series. Panama was the first to adapt the Top Chef Kids version, following the success in the US.”
The executive also highlighted the success of its format My Kid Would Never Do That on Globo in Brazil, which will “hopefully continue in 2020”, and remarked the distributor’s intentions to continue growing in Latin America.
“Latin America remains a key growth market for us. We feel it continues to grow in both scripted and unscripted, and we are looking for more opportunities for our formats with traditional channels and SVOD,” she concluded.