'Hell's Kitchen' Going to Charlotte
Casting for the new season of FOX's Hell's Kitchen has begun, and from August 6-13, the show will be looking for new contestants in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"This show looks for all types," casting producer Louis Caric told The Charlotte Observer last Friday.  "We want the trained cooks and the cooking moms.  Every type there is, we want to see what they've got."

However, there are still some qualifications that applicants must fulfill in order to secure a better chance of being cast.  Not only must applicants be passionate about food, they must also be “outspoken, competitive, and engaging.”  The show also prefers applicants with prior cooking experience.

According to the show's official website, the open casting call in Charlotte will be held on August 8 at The Pineville Dinner Theatre on Park Road.  The session will begin at 10am and conclude at 6pm.

Aside from the open casting call, Hell's Kitchen officials also plan to drop by culinary schools in Charlotte, including Johnson & Wales University and The Art Institute of Charlotte.  Show officials will also visit smaller cooking schools and even kitchen supply shops.

It is a common practice for reality competitions to hold casting calls in five to six cities, and Caric said that Hell's Kitchen is no different.

"We're always looking for new areas.  We want to tap into a different market.  We want fresh faces,” Caric told The Charlotte Observer.  “Charlotte is a booming area and it has a very good culinary reputation.  And we love Southern personalities.”

Casting for Hell's Kitchen will also be held at Sutton Place Restaurant and Bar in New York, the San Diego Culinary Institute, The Culinary Academy of Austin and Jet Nightclub at the Mirage in Las Vegas.

The next season of Hell's Kitchen will air next summer.  The final two contestants battle it out on Monday, August 6, with the third season winner crowned August 13.

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Charlotte Observer, Hell's Kitchen Official Website
(Image Courtesy of FOX)