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Are You The Next Top Chef?

Top Chef Season Five is still underway, but Bravo producers are already looking ahead. And if you’ve been watching the show, thinking that you could out-cook Leah or Stefan—now is your chance to prove it.

Casting calls are underway across the United States for Top Chef Season Six. Both amateur and professional chefs are invited to apply; Bravo seeks out passion and charisma, along with raw skill and experience. As long as you can plate a distinctive dish, shine on-camera, and stand up to Colicchio’s withering stare, you’re in the running.
Applicants must prepare a five-minute audition tape of their work in the kitchen, demonstrating what defines them as a chef: whether distinctive techniques, unusual favorite staple ingredients, presentation ability or knife skills. Videos should also exhibit the applicant’s personality—chefs should tell stories, talk about their careers, show off hidden talents, or otherwise show what makes them tick. There’s also a paper application, asking questions about career and lifestyle, culinary philosophy and role model chefs—along with challenges (such as “How would you recreate meatloaf into a gourmet dish?”) for potential contestants to attack on paper.

Applicants should then show up to a casting call, held across the country throughout February and March—video and paper application in hand, skills and enthusiasm at the ready. Filming takes place over five weeks in April of 2009, and the winning chefs must be on-call near the end of 2009 to film the final episode.

But if you’ve got the chops, the skills, and a few weeks to spare—you could be the next Top Chef.

Casting Calls:


Sunday, February 8, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Ducca Restaurant & Lounge


Wednesday, February 11, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 

Canlis Restaurant


Sunday, February 22, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 

Craft Restaurant 


Sunday, March 1, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 

CraftSteak Restaurant


Wednesday, March 4, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 

XIX NINETEEN at Park Hyatt at the Bellevue


Sunday, March 15, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 

Craft Restaurant 


For casting information in Chicago, email:


rcolman001 • 02/17/2009
Be it Top Chef, Hells Kitchen, Chopped etc. I would like to see old age, treachery, and good cooking skill win out over youth, ambition, and good looks
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