If you fancy yourself as a talent with a Kitchen Aid and rolling pin (I'm fighting so hard to avoid "master baker" jokes), there's a new show currently casting contestants to show off their prowess on CBS. It's still code-named CBS Baking Show, but I'm guessing it'll have a catchier title than that when it airs next fall. The show is based on the wildly popular British series, The Great British Bake Off.
Applications are being taken online, and there are only five places in the entire country to participate in a live audition. Nashville is fortunate enough to host one of these venues this Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Market Street Emporium, Second Ave. N. Participants are invited to whip up their signature baked good and present it to a panel of judges that day to win a chance to compete on the network show. You will be given a few minutes to plate your dish, but there will not be a kitchen to bake or warm it up, so you'll want to have your dish ready to go when you arrive.
Luckily, we're all about helping to get one of our Bites readers their turn in the spotlight, and we have secured ten "front of the line passes" for the open casting, so that your baked treats can be as fresh as possible. Let all those folks who don't have the sense to check out this blog every day linger in the back of the pack as their souffles fall and their soft-batch cookies harden up into hockey pucks.
So if you think you have what it takes to take the cake or cook the cookies that will win the day, send an email to Vanessa Bond, the show's casting producer, with your name, phone number and email address. Her address is email@example.com. Tell her that Bites sent you, and she'll hold the first 10 respondents spots at the front of the line. And make sure to let us know here in the comments if you're competing so we can be rooting for you. If you have any questions about eligibility (for example you must be an amateur baker and cannot be running for public office ... go figure), make sure to check out the show's FAQ here.
Let's bring home this title to the Music City!