Bravo has ordered up a seventh cycle of the hit cooking reality series "Top Chef."

This news wasn't really a big surprise, since the latest "Top Chef" cycle, "Top Chef: Las Vegas," has averaged 3.26 million total viewers and 2.29 million viewers in the 18-49 demo.

Those numbers are a little screwy, since Bravo has decided to combine both live+DVR numbers for the first half of the season with live-only ratings for the past two weeks. Let's just say that "Top Chef" is the most watched food show on cable and be done with it.

Bravo will hold "Top Chef" open casting calls around the country, starting in San Francisco on Sunday, Oct. 18, followed by Miami (Oct. 25), Chicago (Oct. 26), Washington (Nov. 4), New York (Nov. 8), Dallas (Nov. 11) and Los Angeles (Nov. 15).

For addition information on how to audition in those cities or how to send in a video submission, check out Bravo's official casting page.

Nearly simultaneously with the "Top Chef" renewal, the cable network announced a Monday, November 16 premiere for "Chef Academy," which stars Jean Christophe Novelli and will actually air in the 11 p.m. hour, apparently. That will presumably help fill the gap between "Top Chef" seasons.