The Next Food Network: Casting for Season 5
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Food Network will soon be holding auditions for the fifth season of its highly popular competitive reality series, The Next Food Network Star. Following the recently completed fourth season, which saw Aaron McCargo, Jr. as the winner, the show is now looking for prospective chefs and home cooks who will showcase their outstanding culinary expertise for a chance to star on his or her own Food Network series.

According to the network's press release, The Next Food Network is inviting professional and amateur chefs to apply beginning Friday, October 3 from 10am to 3pm in Washington D.C. at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Washington.

Subsequently, casting calls will be held on the following cities:

New York, N.Y.- Monday, October 6 from 11am-3pm
Sutton Place
1015 Second Ave. (btw. 53rd and 54th) New York, NY 10022

Los Angeles, C.A.- Wednesday, October 15 from 10am-3pm
The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California Los Angeles
2900 31st Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405-3035

Charleston, S.C.- Thursday, October 23 from 10am-3pm
The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Charleston
24 North Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401-2623

Portland, OR- Thursday, October 23 from 10am-3pm
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
1401 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201

Philadelphia, PA Wednesday, October 29 from 10am-3pm
Embassy Suites Center City Philadelphia
1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19107

In addition to applying in person at one of several open-call auditions listed above, those who are interested can also opt to submit a video audition.  Hopefuls have until Friday, October 31 to send in a three-minute audition video explaining why he or she should be the Next Food Network Star.

Meanwhile, the new season of The Next Food Network Star is set to tape and air on Food Network in 2009.

Stay tuned for updates!

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Food Network
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