Top Chef Casting Call at Craftsteak

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New Yorks casting call for the next season of Top Chef is on March 1 at Craftsteak from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other cities dont have so much time to prepare; the first round of selections starts this weekend in San Francisco. See the full release and schedule below.


BRAVO KICKS OFF NATIONWIDE CASTING CALL

FOR SEASON SIX OF "TOP CHEF"

NEW YORK February 3, 2009 Bravo's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series and the No. 1 rated food show on cable, "Top Chef," will be returning for a sixth season. Open calls for chefs interested in competing in the high-stakes culinary competition series will be held in cities across the country starting this weekend.

"Top Chef" Season Six Casting Calls are as follows:

SAN FRANCISCO
Sunday, February 8, 10:00 AM 2:00 PM
Ducca Restaurant & Lounge
www.duccasf.com/

SEATTLE
Wednesday, February 11, 10:00 AM 2:00 PM
Canlis Restaurant
www.canlis.com

ATLANTA
Sunday, February 22, 10:00 AM 2:00 PM
Craft Restaurant
www.craftatlanta.com/

NEW YORK
Sunday, March 1, 10:00 AM 2:00 PM
CraftSteak Restaurant
www.craftrestaurant.com/craftsteak_newyork.html

PHILADELPHIA
Wednesday, March 4, 10:00 AM 2:00 PM
XIX NINETEEN at Park Hyatt at the Bellevue
www.nineteenrestaurant.com

LOS ANGELES
Sunday, March 15, 10:00 AM 2:00 PM
Craft Restaurant
www.craftrestaurant.com/craft_losangeles_style.html

CHICAGO
For casting information in Chicago, please email TCCastingChicago@gmail.com

Bravo's "Top Chef" offers a fascinating window into the competitive, pressure-filled environment of world-class cookery and the restaurant business at the highest level. The series hosted by Padma Lakshmi and presided by head judge Chef Tom Colicchio features aspiring chefs who compete for their shot at culinary stardom and the chance to earn the prestigious title of "Top Chef." Each episode holds two challenges for the chefs. The first is a quick-fire test of their basic abilities and the second is a more involved elimination challenge designed to test the versatility and inventiveness of the chefs as they take on unique culinary trials such as working with unusual and exotic foods or catering for a range of demanding clients. The challenges not only test their skills in the kitchen, but also uncover if they have the customer service, management and teamwork abilities required of a Top Chef. The competing chefs live and breathe the high-pressure lifestyle that comes with being a master chef, and each week someone is asked to "pack up their knives" and go home.

Currently in its fifth season, "Top Chef" is on pace to record its highest-rated season ever, scoring 2.28 million adults 18-49 and 3.22 million total viewers with last week's episode, which was the series' highest rated non-finale telecast ever. The series is up 18 percent among adults 18-49 and total viewers, versus season four.

Tomorrow on "Top Chef: New York," the chef'testants get the opportunity to cook in one of the best restaurants in the world, three star Michelin winner Le Bernardin. Their final product will be judged by renowned chef, Eric Ripert. "Top Chef: New York" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.

"Top Chef" is produced by the Emmy-nominated Magical Elves. Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz ("Project Runway," "Top Design") serve as executive producers.
Source: Nielsen Media Research Live + Same Day through 1/28/09

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Start sharpening your knives now.