Fans of the long-running cooking competition show “Top Chef” now have something new to get excited about.
In the past, Bravo's show has always featured professional chefs, battling it out over Quickfire Challenges and multi-course tasting menus.
But this fall, a "Top Chef" spin-off will feature chefs-- or cooks rather-- who most likely have never worked in professional kitchens. Vanessa Lachey and chef Curtis Stone have been tapped to host “Top Chef Junior," reports People.
The new show will feature 12 young chefs, aged 9 to 14, as they compete for the ultimate prize and perform challenges similar to those on the original “Top Chef,” including Restaurant Wars and The Conveyor Belt-- as well as newer segments geared towards younger consumers.
Lachey and Stone are both reality TV veterans. Actress and wife of former boy bander Nick Lachey, Lachey has hosted a number of shows, including “Wipeout” and “Total Request Live.”
Stone has previously hosted other “Top Chef” spinoffs, including “Top Chef Duals,” which ended after only one season, and “Top Chef Masters,” which ran for five seasons and ended in 2013.
Lachey could barely contain her excitement about the new gig, as she shared a post about the show on Saturday via Instagram.
“I've been "cookin" up a fun "treat" and I FINALLY get to share it with you guys! I'm teaming up with the one and only @curtisstone for a new show called TOP CHEF JUNIOR! I'm so EXCITED!!!
Stone echoed the sentiment, sending out a Tweet Monday. “I guess the cat is finally out of the bag! Can't wait to mentor on #TopChefJunior with @VanessaLachey @NBCUniversal #nextgenChefs.”
“Top Chef Junior” is slated to premiere in October with 14 hour-long episodes. It will also air on Universal Kids, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s new network.