Universal Kids adds more Top Chef Jr., DreamWorksTV series

Top Chef Jr. has been renewed by the NBCUniversal-owned channel, which has also picked up DreamWorksTV's first major US linear TV series.
October 10, 2017

Universal Kids has renewed its upcoming reality series Top Chef Jr. for a second seasonahead of the show’s October 13 premiere on the newly launched NBCUniversal-owned channel.

Produced by Magical Elves, the series is hosted by Vanessa Lachey and Chef Curtis Stone (pictured). It follows 12 chefs between the ages of 11 and 14 from across the US, who will compete for the Top Chef Jr. title and a US$50,000 cash prize. Other judges on the show include culinary experts/Top Chef alums Gail Simmons, Graham Elliott and Tiffany Derry, along with surprise guest judges.

The show’s 14 x one-hour episodes will also include iconic challenges like restaurant wars.

In related news, DreamWorksTVan Awesomeness division with 3.3 million YouTube subscribershas signed its first major domestic linear TV deal with Universal Kids. Its YouTube series Life Hacks for Kids has spawned a new 10 x half-hour show entitled  Life Hacks for Kids: On the Road.  

The series will see host Gillian Espina travel to cool locations looking for inspiration and teaching kids DIY projects. The show will bow on Universal Kids in 2018.

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