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Food Network Open Casting Call.

Food Network has greenlit a fourth season of its hugely successful reality series The Next Food Network Star and, for the first time, will be holding open-call auditions in order to find aspiring TV chefs.

The recently completed third season of Starwas the highest-rated cable food series ever, and Food Network is searching for outstanding chefs and home cooks to join the ranks of past winners like Guy Fieri and the newly crowned Amy Finley to compete for the opportunity to win his or her own Food Network series.

"Season three of The Next Food Network Star performed beyond our wildest expectations, and we are thrilled to extend this exciting franchise into a fourth season," said Bob Tuschman, senior vice president, programming for Food Network. "As always, we are looking for people who have strong culinary knowledge and vibrant personalities who can pass along their passion for cooking to our viewers."

The network is currently conducting a nationwide talent search and encourages both professional and amateur chefs to apply. Applicants have until Friday, October 12, 2007, to send in a three-minute audition tape explaining why he/she should be Food Network's newest star. Applications and contest rules can be downloaded from starting Tuesday, September 5.

In addition, contestant hopefuls can also apply in person at one of five open-call auditions that will be held around the country. Applicants should bring an application, photograph and resume and/or bio to the auditions, which will allow them to meet with network casting directors.

Locations will include:

New York, NY - Monday 9/17/07 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.Food Network Studios75 Ninth Ave. (Chelsea Market)

Los Angeles, CA - Monday 9/17/07 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.Chefs, Inc.10955 West Pico Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV - Tuesday 9/25/07 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.David Burke Las VegasThe Venetian Hotel-Resort-Casino3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South Ste. 108

Minneapolis, MN - 10/9/07 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.The Chambers Hotel901 Hennepin Ave

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Date:Sep 14, 2007
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