NEW ORLEANS — Think you’ve got the chops to make it on Fox’s “MasterChef”?
Try out Saturday when the producers are holding an open casting call for the fifth season of the popular show, which invites home cooks from across America to compete for a cash prize.
Hopeful contestants should bring a completed application and a ready-to-serve dish.
“We want the stellar home cook,” said casting producer Erika Landin. “Try to bring a dish that best represents who you are … you on a plate.”
Landin said the show’s looking for people who aren’t professional chefs, but who have a passion for food and cooking.
“‘MasterChef’ is that show where people can fulfill that passion,” she said.
South Louisiana has a track record on the show. Previous contestants have hailed from Harvey and Vacherie, and Baton Rouge food blogger Jay Ducote also vied for a spot on the show.
Landin said “MasterChef” contestants should be ready for anything.
“To be on our show, they’re going to have to think quickly on their feet,” she said, citing the mystery box challenge, where contestants have to prepare dishes with a specific set of unknown ingredients. “They’re going to have to be able to improvise.”
Contestants who make it on air also need to be ready to be judged, sometimes rather harshly, by the judges — Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot.
But Landin said don’t expect one of Ramsay’s patented tongue-lashings.
“It’s not like ‘Hell’s Kitchen’,” Landin said, referring to the Fox show that features professional chefs. “He expects more from them.”
Those selected for callbacks should hear from the show about three days after the casting call. If selected to appear on “MasterChef,” contestants must be able to commit nine weeks between January and April 2014 to the show.
Other casting calls are being held in Phoenix; Houston; Orlando, Fla.; Columbus, Ohio; Kansas City and New York City.