Top Chef: Casting for Season 5 Underway
When you watch Top Chef, do you compulsively sharpen your knives and grumble under your breath “I could have done better than that”? Well, now is your chance to try proving it to yourself and the world. Casting has started for season five of Top Chef.

If you want to give it a shot, be prepared to fill out a detailed application, prepare an audition video and possibly attend an open casting. Here's one thing you should not plan on, though: bringing your musical talents to the table. The application clearly states no singing or music may be included in your audition tape, and I can't help but wonder which singing chef video was the one that inspired the tired casting agents to include that caveat in the application.

Here are some additional details on the casting.


The application for the next season of Top Chef can be found at Be prepared to provide some details about your professional cooking career as well as your personal life.

Here are the casting calls that are coming up, or, as in the case of San Francisco, are happening as this article is being published.

Monday, April 21, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Postrio Restaurant

Sunday, May 4, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Craftsteak – MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

Saturday, May 10, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The Culinary Institute of America
1946 Campus Dr., Hyde Park, NY

Sunday, May 11, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Culinary Institute of America
399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th street)

Monday, May 26, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Cicada Restaurant

Casting has already happened in New Orleans, and there look to be some activities planned in Denver and Chicago. Contacts for those locations are on the casting site.

It appears filming will be happening sometime in July, no word yet on when it will air.

- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

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