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'Top Chef" schedules New Orleans casting call
Posted by Dave Walker, TV Columnist, Times-Picayune April 11, 2008 3:03PM
Categories: Living: Columnists
"Top Chef," the Bravo cable network's high-stakes cook-off, will hold open auditions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Bayona, 430 Dauphine St.
The current season of the series, which airs Wednesday at 9 p.m., is set in Chicago. The first three seasons were shot in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Miami.
The format calls for sixteen participants to endure weekly culinary challenges, the results of which are judged by food-industry professionals. The winner gets $100,000 in seed money for a new restaurant, among other prizes.
The New Orleans audition does not guarantee that an upcoming season will be shot here. Only two of the Chicago season's starting 16 resided there at the time of their casting.
Attempts to reach Bravo for further details were unsuccessful.
Amy Hutchinson, casting producer for Magical Elves, the "Top Chef" production company (which also makes "Project Runway" for Bravo and "Last Comic Standing" for NBC), said similar open calls will also be held in San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York and Los Angeles. The company also casts by video, details here: www.magicalelves.com.
Participants in Monday's audition won't be expected to cook on-site.
"It's more of a meet-and-greet," Hutchinson said, adding that "confidence and charisma" are the key traits she'll be looking for. "We want all chefs who feel they can hold their own on the show."