NBCUniversal International today announced that Top Chef, its Emmy-award winning cooking format, has been sold to TK-L Media Corporation to air weekly in primetime on HTV7 in December. This is Top Chef’s first Asian commission and seventh international version overall.
Top Chef is the hit reality competition series featuring fifteen aspiring chefs who put their culinary skills to the test for the chance to earn the prestigious title of Top Chef. The show is in its ninth season in the US and won the Emmy for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program in 2011 beating The Amazing Race. Top Chef has aired in France, Canada, Greece, Finland and the Middle East with additional seasons for France, Canada, Finland and Middle East in production.
Linfield Ng, Director Format Sales Liaison, NBCUniversal International APAC commented: “Top Chef is more than a cookery competition - the show gives viewers insight into the pressurized culinary world and offers talented chefs an opportunity to show their skill. Vietnam is well-known for its unique cuisine, and we are delighted to partner with TK-L Media Corporation to bring all the colourful aspects of Vietnamese cooking to life with Top Chef Vietnam.”
Miss Nguyen Thi Truc Mai, Managing Director TK-L Media Corporation added: “We are happy to acquire Top Chef and to partner with NBCUniversal International to bring this award winning format to Asia for the first time. Top Chef Vietnam will highlight our unique culinary traditions and showcase the country’s best cooking talent in Top Chef’s signature style.”