Chef Academy: Aspiring to Culinary Greatness

Chef Academy
Chef Academy (Photo Courtesy of NBC Universal / Bravo)

Overview of the Chef Academy Series

Chef Academy is a reality TV series on Bravo that follows award-winning chef Jean Christophe Novelli. The chef starts a training program and a culinary institute to train professional chefs. The students are aspiring chefs who complete culinary assignments and are assessed weekly with cooking tests. Students who fail three cooking tests are expelled from the academy. However, two students failed three tests, but Jean Novelli gave them another chance.

Cast Overview

Following is a list of the primary cast members for the show.

  • Jean-Christophe Novelli
  • Michelle Kennedy
  • Steve Kitchen
  • Kyle Daley
  • Emmanuel Delcour
  • Zoe Feigenbaum
  • Leonard Goodloe
  • Sarah Jacobsen
  • Kyle Kupiszewski
  • Tracie Norfleet
  • Carissa Loughhead St. Aubin
  • Joel Sturdivant
  • Suzanne Winn

Chef Academy List of Episodes

Chef Academy ran for one season with a total of nine episodes.

Season 1

  • E1 – Coming to America – Chef Novelli, his executive chef, Steven Kitchen, and his pregnant fiancée, Michelle, move from London to LA to start a new culinary school. He already had a successful school in Europe. The team interviews new potential students by putting them through cooking tasks. They choose nine students for their first class. In the first class, they cook their signature dish. If anyone fails three tests, they are dismissed from the cooking school.
  • E2 – Bitter Sweet – First, the students learn about desserts. Later, the students must recreate one of the desserts they learned about. If they pass the test, they earn the right to attend the house party. Next, the aspiring chefs learn about purchasing fresh produce at a local farmer’s market. Later, a member of the team reveals a shocking secret.
  • E3 – Just Desserts –
  • E4 – Basic Training –
  • E5 – A Bun in the Oven –
  • E6 – Naked Lunch –
  • E7 – Squid Pro Quo –
  • E8 – Meat Your Maker –
  • E9 – Season Finale –
  • E10 – The Last Supper –

Executive Producers and Production Company

The executive producers for the series include Dan Barraclough, Greg Johnston, and Hannah Wyatt. The production company is Mentorn USA. The show is filmed in Venice, California.

Facts and Trivia

Following is a list of little-known facts and trivia about the show and its cast members.

  • Only one student, Suzanne, failed the class

Questions and Comments

If you have any questions, comments, or feedback about Chef Academy, please post a message below. Or, visit the official website on Bravo’s website. Also, check out other Bravo Cooking shows.


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