Don't let money get in the way of attending culinary school when you could enroll in Top Chef University for less than $200. Top Chef certification isn't anything like a diploma and it won't get you a job in a professional kitchen, but don't let that stop Bravo from milking more money from the Top Chef kitchen.
The $199.95 includes over 200 video segments spread over twelve "courses," and each is taught by a familiar Top Chef contestant. The videos will probably cover the same ground as a few thousand other YouTube videos do, but we imagine the production values will be a tad higher. How they'll keep everyone from simply downloading the torrent for this we haven't figured out, yet.
1. Basics and Techniques
2. Stocks, Soups, Sauces, Raw
3. Cooking Techniques I: Sauté, Boil, Grill
4. Cooking Techniques II: Roast, Braise, Fry, Confit
5. Vegetables, Eggs, Dairy, Cheese
8. Fish, Seafood
9. Pasta Grains, Bread
11. Global Cuisine
12. Entertaining, Molecular, Advanced Technique
* Ariane Duarte, "Top Chef: New York"
* Brian Malarkey, "Top Chef: Miami"
* Carla Hall, Finalist, "Top Chef: New York"
* Chris CJ Jacobson, "Top Chef: Miami"
* Dale Levitski, Finalist, "Top Chef: Miami"
* Kevin Gillespie, Finalist and Fan Favorite, "Top Chef: Las Vegas"
* Marcel Vigneron, Finalist, "Top Chef: Los Angeles
* Nikki Cascone, "Top Chef: Chicago"
* Richard Blais, Finalist, "Top Chef: Chicago"
* Spike Mendelsohn, "Top Chef: Chicago"
* Stephanie Izard, Winner and Fan Favorite, "Top Chef: Chicago"
This is just the latest in a long line of moneymaking tie-ins for the franchise, like the Top Chef cookbook, video games, and a national tour. The school, also known as "web's most comprehensive, user-friendly culinary academy," will launch on Wednesday. Expect to see plenty of commercials during Top Chef Masters.