March 8, 2016
By: Will Coviello, Gambit Nola
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay may be best known to TV viewers for yelling at contestants on Hell's Kitchen, his long-running competition for aspiring chefs. A kinder, gentler Ramsay presides over MasterChef, a TV cooking competition for home cooks.
Open casting events for MasterChef are being held across the country through late April, and New Orleans-area cooks can audition between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at at the JW Marriott Hotel.
Contestants are encouraged to register online at www.masterchefcasting.com. To be eligible, contestants must not have professional cooking experience. Interested participants need to fill out a questionnaire, which can be downloaded from the website, and present a dish. They must plate their dish in front of the audition judges, but no cooking or heating is allowed onsite (dishes will not be judged on temperature). Contestants will be judged on food knowledge and technique. People unable to attend the casting event may submit an audition video. Visit the website for details about the casting event and TV show.
Professional chefs interested in the annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-off can apply online. The competition is Saturday, May 28 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center during the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience. It is sponsored by the Louisiana Seafood and Promotion Board and the Louisiana Restaurant Association.
The winner represents Louisiana at several events in the coming year. Past winners have included Tory McPhail of Commander's Palace, Brian Landry of Borgne, Aaron Burgau of Patois and Chris Lusk of Restaurant R'evolution.