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'Top Chef Estrellas': Why is the Spanish-language spinoff so different?

Bravo’s Top Chef may have just wrapped up its eleventh season, but the popular reality cooking competition is about to get a Latino-themed makeover when Top Chef Estrellas premieres on Telemundo Feb. 16. And there’s more to the show than the lilt of Spanish to distinguish it from its English-language counterpart. The trailer for this incarnation of Top Chef promises “spicy new ingredients,” like a a blonde who seductively tears off her chef coat, a hunky guy who appears shirtless, and a handful of fully-made up Spanish TV stars who prance around in the kitchen in high heels.

If all this sounds more like what you’d see on a telenovela than an episode of Top Chef, that’s not by accident. In fact, several surprising — and potentially polarizing — changes have been made to the show’s format so as to appeal to Latin audiences.

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'Top Chef Estrellas' sets premiere date

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Telemundo’s version of Top Chef, Top Chef Estrellas, now has a premiere date: The new show will first air on February 16 at 8 p.m ET. The series will focus on eight Hispanic celebrities competing in the kitchen to raise money for charity as Aylin Mujica, star of telenovelas including Aurora and Marina, hosts. Contestants will cook in the same New Orleans kitchen the original Top Chef uses and will even use the same crew as the Bravo version of the show.

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