To find out for sure, though, you'll have to show up Monday, Sept. 13 at the Hutton Hotel on West End between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the network will host its first open casting call in Nashville. As casting associate Julie Boskoff writes:
"We are looking for people who are full of life, passionate about cooking, and knowledgeable about food to meet us in person at our open casting call. Please help us spread the word to any chef, home cook, caterer or culinary enthusiast who might be interested in becoming the host of his or her own cooking show on Food Network!"
Sound like anyone you know? Pass this along. Or indulge in a little armchair casting in the comments thread below. Press release after the jump.
FOOD NETWORK CASTING FOR 2011 SEASON OF
“THE NEXT FOOD NETWORK STAR”
Conducting Open-Call Auditions in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Nashville and Cleveland
NEW YORK — August 2, 2010 — Food Network has greenlit a seventh season of its highest-rated reality series, The Next Food Network Star, the network announced today. With the current season going strong on-air, the cable channel is looking for outstanding chefs and home cooks to compete for the opportunity to win his or her own Food Network series during the 2011 season.
The network will conduct a nationwide talent search and encourages both professional and amateur chefs to apply. Open-call auditions will be held around the country throughout August and September. Contestant hopefuls should bring an application, photograph, and resume and/or bio to the auditions, which will allow them to meet with network casting directors. Interested candidates unable to attend an open casting call may submit a three-minute audition video explaining why he or she should be Food Network’s newest star. For applications, contest rules, and submission instructions simply visit www.FoodNetwork.com/Star.
Casting locations will include:
ATLANTA: Monday, August 9th from 10am — 3pm ET
W Midtown Atlanta
LOS ANGELES: Tuesday, August 10th from 10am — 3pm PT
Marriott Burbank Airport
NEW ORLEANS: Monday, August 16th from 10am — 3pm ET
W New Orleans
DENVER: Sunday, August 22nd from 10am — 3pm MT
Magnolia Hotel Denver
NEW YORK: Monday, August 30th from 10am — 3pm ET
PHILADELPHIA: Tuesday, August 31st from 10am — 3pm ET
NASHVILLE: Monday, September 13th from 10am — 3pm ET
CLEVELAND: Monday, September 20th from 10am — 3pm ET
Hyatt at The Arcade
The Next Food Network Star is television’s most challenging food fight, providing 10 hopeful TV chefs the chance to compete for the ultimate dream job: his or her own Food Network show. Season six is currently underway and airs Sundays at 9pm ET/PT.