MasterChef is Holding a Casting Call in S.F. This Weekend. Exotic Dancers Need Not Apply

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At Seattle's casting call, not everyone got the memo.
​Think you have what it takes to become the Adam Lambert of the amateur chef scene? The Gordon Ramsay reality show MasterChef is holding casting calls at Sur La Table in Union Square Sunday. MasterChef bills itself as American Idol for cooks, and like Idol, it's a British import, only with the same producer as The Biggest Loser. To try out, you have to fill out an application and submit a DVD (you can bring them to Sunday's audition ― read the entry guidelines here). Plus you have to bring a dish you can serve at room temperature.

What to expect? At a casting call in Seattle earlier this month, food writer Leslie Kelly found the experience sort of strange, grueling, and yet seriously compelling. Some 300 gastro wannabes waited four hours for their moment with the producers. That room temperature dish you were supposed to bring? Not everyone got the memo. "People stood in line for hours with things like mac and cheese and tandoori chicken," Kelly says, foods that clearly weren't safe to eat. "One of the judges actually threw up," she says.

Kelly's geoduck crudo was good enough to get her a call-back for a 30-minute on-camera interview, followed by a 27-page background check. "They asked me if I'd ever been an exotic dancer." Now, she's waiting to hear from the producers if she's made it. Taping is said to start in February.

Event details:
MasterChef Casting Call
Date: Sunday, Jan. 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Sur La Table, 77 Maiden Lane (at Grant)

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