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Top Chef” sweetens up with pastry series “Just Desserts”

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More than just a dessert: Bar Charlie’s green tea cake with sliced peaches, a bruleed honey zabaglione, plum sorbet and peach tapioca.
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Move over savory, "Top Chef" is going sweet.

Yesterday, Bravo announced that the Emmy Award-winning culinary competition is spawning a pastry edition to be cleverly titled "Top Chef: Just Desserts". The new show will feature pastry chefs from around the country battling "Top Chef"-style over tarts, cakes, ice cream and other confections in a variety of challenges. (Can one be building a life-sized statue of Padma out of chocolate? Please?)

Desserts have long been an Achilles heel for chef’testants on "Top Chef", who’ve often tripped over pastry making and suffered the consequences. Now, Bravo is on the hunt for sweet savants to make the upcoming season of "Just Desserts" more than a once-course show.

Casting calls for the series, which will take place in cities around the country, started yesterday in New York and will wrap up on November 15 in Los Angeles and Portland, Ore. Las Vegas pastry pros can take their shot at "Top Chef" stardom on Wednesday, November 11 during a casting at Craftsteak at the MGM Grand from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Click here for more info on the casting.

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