The Fox-based competitive cooking show “Master Chef” will be holding an open casting call this Saturday in Dallas.
Casting will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas, located at 400 N Olive St., Dallas.
“Master Chef” is a reality show that searches for the best home cooks in the country. Contests go through a series of elimination rounds that will eventually determine who is the best. Chef Gordon Ramsey hosts the show. Audiences know Ramsey through his other shows such as “Hell’s Kitchen.” "Master Chef" starts is eight season on Fox on June 1.
“We are looking for people who truly have a passion for cooking. This is a show for home cooks. No professional chefs that make their living in the culinary world as a chef. They are far too qualified. We are looking for home cooks who truly have that passion and the potential to be amazing cooks,” said Stephanie Lewis, the Supervising Casting Producer. “Gordon is definitely well-known for a lot of his different shows. On 'Master Chef,' he is really a mentor. He takes these home cooks under his wing. He realizes that they are home cooks. They are not professional chefs. His goal is to guide them and help mentor them and make them the best cooks they can possibly be.”
Those attending the casting call need to bring a dish with them that they have prepared. Food judges will be on hand to judge, and prior to that, people will have three minutes to plate the dish. The judges will ask the candidates about the food, their cooking history and knowledge.
“We really love it if people would pre-register at masterchefcasting.com. This is giving an idea of how many people to expect. So we can have the staff on hand to make it go as quickly and smoothly for everyone,” Lewis said. “They can also get a lot of information about what to expect from the open casting call on the website. There is a frequently asked questions page that is helpful. Registration is not required, but encouraged.”
Casting calls have been or will be held in San Diego, New York, Oklahoma City, Chicago, New Orleans, Dallas, Orlando, Portland, Boston, Los Angles and Washington, D.C. In previous years, the winner of the competition has won $250,000 and a cookbook deal but this season’s prize has not yet been determined.
Lewis said candidates do not need to show up early or spend the night. If they get there before 6 p.m. they will be seen.
“We want to encourage everyone to come out. I think that a lot of people might feel that they are not good enough for the open casting call. To that, we say, let us be the judge. You have nothing to loose and everything to gain,” Lewis said. “It is all about passion and potential, and if you have the potential, we would love to meet you and give you a chance at becoming the next 'Master Chef.'”
For more information about the casting call and how to audition, visit www.masterchefcasting.com
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