Dallas is one of the busiest culinary hubs in all of America. This place is crawling with amateur chefs who dream of having one of their creations sampled and potentially spat out by some of TV's meanest food judges.
If you're one of those aspiring blue plate special slingers who's looking for a shot at the big time, the upcoming audition for Fox's Masterchef may be it.
The Dallas Film Commission announced on its Facebook page that casting agents from the primetime cooking show hosted by TV's most famous and loudest chef Gordon Ramsey will hold auditions for the show's ninth season. Auditions will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Art Institute of Dallas, 8080 Park Lane.
Interested participants can request a spot for an audition at MasterChefCasting.com. According to the website, anyone looking to set up an in-person audition must set up a profile and bring their tastiest culinary concoction to the audition. If you are unable to make the audition in person, you can instead submit a video audition by midnight Friday, Oct. 12. Professional chefs are not allowed to audition.
That's because MasterChef is Ramsey's amateur cooking competition in which non-professional chefs compete for cash, a cookbook deal and the title of (you guessed it) Master Chef. It's basically The Voice but with food and less screaming.
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The show starts with a gathering of aspiring chefs from around the country as they learn the ropes of the cooking game from the basics like dicing the perfect onion to making lobster thermidor. The contestants are monitored by the watchful eye of a team of rotating celebrity judges who literally watch over their work from the rafters as they prepare their dishes.
Throughout the season, contestants who receive one of the coveted aprons from the judge are allowed to stay until only two remain for a final showdown. The current season features judges including Ramsey, chef and Chopped co-star Aarón Sánchez and Michelin Star restaurateur Joe Bastianich.
MasterChef may have been on the air for nine seasons, but only two Dallas chefs have competed on the show, all in its second season, including travel writer Ben Starr, who finished fifth, and singer Jennifer "Jennie" Kelley from the Polyphonic Spree, who was eliminated in the fifth episode.