Now Casting: Food Network Star, Season 10

by in Community, September 26, 2013

Food Network Star, Season 10 CastingGuy Fieri, Justin Warner and Damaris Phillips. These three Food Network chefs weren't born into stardom; it took a journey from fandom to fierce competition on Food Network Star to turn their passion for food and people into a career and to ultimately help them break into the world of television. If you've ever found yourself at home wondering how you, too, could end up on Food Network, the time has come for you to prove your star power.

Food Network is currently casting Season 10 of Food Network Star, but before you can show off your cooking chops to the mentors and dazzle the network with your camera-ready personality, you have to begin the application process. Check the official casting website to download an application and to complete instructions on how to apply, and consider visiting one of the open casting calls (listed after the jump) in a city near you.

New York City
Date: Oct. 7, 2013
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Galway Pub
7 E. 36th St.
New York, NY 10016

San Antonio
Date: Oct. 14, 2013
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Hyatt Regency
123 Losoya St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

San Francisco
Date: Oct. 19, 2013
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: The Westin San Francisco Market St.
50 Third St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Date: Oct. 26, 2013
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Hilton Providence
21 Atwells Ave.
Providence, RI 02903

Los Angeles
Date: Nov. 2, 2013
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: The L.A. Hotel Downtown
333 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Date: Nov. 16, 2013
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: The Westin Michigan Ave.
909 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

New Orleans
Date: Nov. 12, 2013
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: W New Orleans
333 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

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Comments (47)

  1. Mona says:

    Nothing in Florida?

  2. Teresa says:

    I would love to see this offered to the Midwest and Rocky Mountain Regions. Places like Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Denver, Salt Lake City, Billings, and Santa Fe

    • Mike M says:

      Good luck on Salt Lake City. Apparently everything we cook comes out of the ward relief society

  3. Arne de Jong says:

    I am from Canada, why is it that all the Americans get the chance. As a Canadian I am not impressed by the Food Network and not allowing us to participate in this. I bet we have better cooks and personalities than in the States
    Come on Food Network, loosen up the rules and lets us Canadians participate...

    • FactMan says:

      Get real. For the same reason it isn't a UK show, or a Mexican show or even an english-speaking Australian show. It's a USA show. So move to the USA, live here and compete. I like our Canadian friends, but they can't become President here, either.

  4. Palanya says:

    don't know that we are better cooks but we would be strong competition, may the best cook win! include your neighbours to the north sometime please!

  5. guest says:

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  6. Crouton40 says:

    Next Year--Season 10. We could still use:
    a Seafood/Shellfish show, a Chinese cooking show, a show from South America or Hawaii.

    I like Amy Thielen's new "Heartland Table" and am looking forward to Damaris Phillips's new show. Grateful to Food Network for both of these. Would love to see Damaris do a Thanksgiving Feast for 8-10 people. Her down-to-earth & bubbly personality and her broad food knowledge will be wonderful to watch and learn from.

    Too all Season 10 contenders:
    1. Make food that people will cook and eat and enjoy. Don't try to convince America that Pan-fried Octopus w/beets/black licorice & garlic is somehow the newest, coolest, hip, cutting-edge next-big-thing because it's "unique." It isn't. It's just plain weird.
    2. THINK--before--you turn-in your audition tape/video. You are responsible for how the audience perceives you. Do you really want to spend half the season trying to undo a bad impression? (Remember Danushka from season 9). Green hair and a sweatshirt isn't endearing. Neither is a white shirt & bow tie and every hair flawlessly in place. Sarcasm and bashing others wont make you popular. Have some confidence in front of an audience and don't be afraid of a microphone. If you are, why are you even bothering to compete? Remember Viet last year? He beat an Iron Chef but it wasn't enough. Be able to cook. Be able to talk. And be Real. Yes, it's a tall order. But you've watched previous seasons and you know this (don't you??)--so think ahead. Your profile/audition video is your 1st impression. Use it wisely.

  7. James says:

    In Season 9, we got a very good winner with Damaris Phillips. (See comments at site below).

    Who knows what Season 10 will bring? Thinking of trying out? Go for it!
    Some recommendations:
    1. Don't bash your opponents. Focus on making your own work excellent.
    2. Don't use vague jargon. Be crystal-clear. Say it simple.
    3. It's stupid to go and on about how you have "passion". What does that even mean? (see #2) and its useless to say you cook with love. So what? Who doesn't? Everybody has passion and everybody cooks with love. Harping about it does nothing to set you apart from anyone.
    4. It's about the Food! Not about how you also play guitar, your edgy tattoos, how much you can bench in the gym, or the marathon you ran or how many foreign countries you've travelled to, or that you give to 3 charities, or that you once went bungie-jumping at Niagra Falls and survived. None of that has anything to do with cooking. Be relevant! Show us that your food is better.
    5. Don't cut yourself or need to go to the hospital. Just don't.
    6. If one of your relatives just died last year, yes that is sad, but I want you to win by skill, not pity.
    7. Putting 26 ingredients in every dish doesn't automatically make you better.
    8. Finish your food on time and get it plated in the challenges.
    9. It's good if you are good on camera but you can't use or rely on that to skate by on your cooking. People must clearly like and want your food because it really does taste better than everyone else's.
    10. Be real. Avoid having "schtick". -- "Entertainment", without solid ability, is phony and just won't cut it. You either can cook, with more skill and great taste than the others, or you can't.
    You can say that all this is demanding, but none of it is unrealistic. It's very useful, and applies to everyone competing. Who will do it best? Maybe it's you. Good Luck. Give it your best.

    • Andrea says:

      You know this all really is excellent advice. I hope everyone reads it.
      But you know, the FN can't help themselves and they WILL add some obnoxious Penny witch type for the drama.

      • James says:

        Thank you! I appreciate the kind words. You're probably right. There'll be something. Just hope someone decent wins and not the villian everyone hates. I wonder what the next batch/crew will be like.

    • RS79 says:

      Amen on 2, 9 & 10! I am dreading a new season of hot air phrases like 'party on a plate' or 'flavors that dance in your mouth.' But it may be inevitable at this point. I do enjoy hearing contestants gush about what they made only to have the judges say it was barely edible. That happened to Lovely almost every week last season. Ego deflation is just fun!

  8. DEE STICCO says:

    What about Las Vegas????????????? Too bad, when Las Vegas is the home of most Celebrity Chefs, and wished we were given the opportunity!

  9. Robert Ostrowski says:

    I realize that this may not be possible to see in Season 10, but what I particularly want to see as a NFNS candidate is someone that represents Eastern or Central European cuisines - or - for that matter, possibly a US state that has not yet been represented, culinary-speaking, on the FN. i definitely agree with Theresa's idea of having a casting in Denver, CO near my home town of Golden but would amend it to include Grand Junction, because the Western Slope is very culinary-minded. Anything that's fresh, new and different is what I am all in favor of.

  10. Dianne Bowers says:

    I want an old person back - Paula Deen! I miss seeing her shows so much that half the time I do not tune in as often. She is unique and real, and I miss her type of cooking, whether it be some of her older more decadent recipes, or some of her newer and leaner recipes. She is just so down to earth and fun to listen to.