Marcel Vigneron, known as the bouffant-haired molecular gastronomist on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” is staying with the NBC Universal family.
The chef is developing a reality series, “Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen,” for Syfy, it was announced at the network upfront Tuesday (March 16).
The docu-series by executive producers Kevin Dill and Mechelle Collins will center on Vigneron’s new catering and event company that will combine imagination and culinary arts to create avant-garde delights for picky clients. Some of the inspiring events include a Goth-rock fashion show, a fairytale graduation party and the ribbon-cutting for a subway line.
How many foods can you turn into foam? We’ll find out.
Besides the kooky cooking series, Syfy is also heating up a few more reality dishes:
- “Force of Nature” – Following Feng Shui master Ariel Towne apply the mysterious discipline to various clients, situations or spaces.
- “The Latimer Project” – Jason Latimer, a three-time World Champion of Magic, gets together with his illusion design firm Latimer Corp to create props and visually stunning events for clients.
- “Mr. Impossible” – Dezso Molnar is a “rogue inventor” who solves problems with his technologies.
- “Paranormal Files” – Gritty, dramatic first-hand testimony from people who’ve lived through paranomal experiences.
- “Face Off” – Competition series in the world of special-effects make-up artists.
- “The Dome Experiment” – A dozen volunteers become test subjects in a bio-environment that will test their roles to see if nature or nurture wins out.
- “Untitled Artifact Search Series” – A search through history for special artifacts, a la Indiana Jones.
But wait! There’s more reality. Following on the heels of its successful reality Wednesdays, Syfy is dedicating Thursdays to a reality block, beginning July 15th.
“Mary Knows Best” will follow the life of radio host and psychic Mary Occhino and her mismatched group of kids — including a skeptic, a paranormal investigator and a reluctant psychic — her older brother and two grandchildren.
Both “Mary” and “Paranormal Investigators,” a debunking reality series, will debut on July 15th. “Beast Legends” (Premieres TBD) uses state-of-the-art computer graphics to bring legendary creatures to life in order to explore the myths.