Top Chef Junior - Season 1

Twelve-year-old Audrey Brust, of Zachary, has made the cut and will be competing on 'Top Chef Jr.,' which premieres Oct. 13.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO FROM UNIVERSAL KIDS/CHRIS HASTON

Zachary's Audrey Brust will be cooking in the "Top Chef Jr." kitchen this season. 

The 12-year-old homeschooled student will join 11 other young chefs ages 11-14 from across the country on the new pint-size version of the Bravo hit "Top Chef" cooking competition series.

The show premieres at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, on Universal Kids (formerly Sprout), NBCUniversal's new network for kids 2-12, on cable Channel 218. The young cooks will be vying for the coveted "Top Chef Jr." title and a $50,000 cash prize.

Audrey was diagnosed with celiac disease at age 7, but she wasn’t willing to give up eating delicious food. "Instead, Audrey learned to cook amazing gluten-free dishes. She credits her extensive culinary knowledge to cooking with her mom, reading cookbooks and watching cooking shows," a news release says.

"A proud Southern girl, Audrey loves cooking low and slow to make classic Southern comfort food dishes like shrimp and grits. She also enjoys cooking international cuisine and has been exploring Mediterranean flavors — recently perfecting a lamb tagine dish," the release also said.

Audrey's parents are Gregory and Stacy Brust, and she has a brother, Luke.  

"Top Chef Jr." will be hosted by Vanessa Lachey and feature head judge Curtis Stone.

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