Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Are You Mrs. Holiday?

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 2:30 PM

We're not talking about Mrs. Claus, unless she has aspirations to be a reality star (let's face it, she probably does).

The self-proclaimed "America's #1 entertaining brand," Taste of Home will stop in Nashville next Tuesday, July 24, to find a national holiday ambassador. If you're not sure what a national holiday ambassador is, you probably aren't qualified to be one, but this is what they're looking for:

- Their ideal candidate must have a flair for holiday cooking and entertaining and be a keeper of memorable recipes and a "celebration attitude." (They lost me after "flair.")
- They're looking for Nashville's top culinary talent.
- Eligible candidates include American women, age 18 or older, who truly embody the spirit of the holidays. (They specifically mention Valentine's Day, Independence Day and Thanksgiving, but it sounds like Arbor Day and Festivus are fair game, too.)
- They want to find someone who will serve as an advocate, an ambassador and an inspiration to the country.

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, July 24, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. at The Red Rooster at 1530 Demonbreun in Nashville. One hundred finalists will be chosen by popular vote (via the Facebook page), and then a panel of experts will select their winner from this group. If you're thinking of auditioning, the Facebook page has more information and sample audition videos.

At the casting call, potential candidates must be prepared to share their best holiday recipe on camera and explain why they should be crowned Mrs. Holiday. No experience is necessary. The winner gets $50K and "the chance to live out her celebrity spokesperson dreams by sharing her talent, recipes and enthusiasm with millions of Taste of Home readers as she travels the country, making live appearances, participating in interviews and cooking segments and regularly contributing content to Taste of Home magazine."

It sounds like they're looking for a younger, sparkly Martha Stewart-esque type of lady who is majorly artsy craftsy and cooks a little better than Sandra Lee, but hasn't done any hard time. (Sorry, Martha. Love you. And Sandra, your recipes are the only ones that I can follow.)

I'm a little offended that they're not considering a "Mr. Holiday," but perhaps that project is in the pipeline? Also, I can't help but wonder: Does "Mrs. Holiday" have to be married? If not, will they crown a "Ms. Holiday" instead? Will anyone go watch these auditions with me?

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