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Fox's MasterChef hosts casting call Saturday in Chicago

Fox's MasterChef hosts casting call Saturday in Chicago

Graham Elliot, Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich
Graham Elliot, Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich

CHICAGO – Are your desserts in demand? Do friends ask for your recipes?

Consider trying out for Fox's MasterChef, said Gina Gonzalez, casting producer. The series will host casting calls for its sixth season from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Hotel Allegro, 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago.

"It's fun," Gonzalez said. "People always enjoy the experience. It's not like coming out for a job interview. You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain."

The show features home cooks competing for a cash prize and the Master Chef title from three chefs: Joe Bastianich, Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot. On the show, contestants participate in team challenges, mystery baskets and other competitive events.

"Every episode is different," Gonzalez said.

Tryouts are open to anyone older than 18 that is not a professional cook, Gonzalez said. People should come with one prepared dish of any kind – no cooking or warming up of food will be done on site – and be ready to plate up one serving in three minutes, Gonzalez added.

Judges are professional chefs that will talk to contestants about themselves and their dishes, Gonzalez said. Wait times are difficult to gauge, but Gonzalez said she tells people to arrive early and expect to stay about two hours.

And if accepted?

"It [the casting process] is a very long procedure," Gonzalez said. "We don't start shooting until January."

Applications are on the website and should be printed out and brought to the casting call, Gonzalez said. Visit www.masterchefcasting.com.

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