Top Chef 7 is officially on its way to your signal box, and Magical Elves, the production company behind the hit Bravo series, was in Miami on Sunday looking for talent. Prospective contestants turned up for a 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. casting call at Club 50 in Brickell's Viceroy. Chefs from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Coconut Creek, Tampa, Orlando, and even Jamaica showed up for the chance to compete for $100,000, fame, and glory.
Jacob Katel Prospective Top Chef contestants shoot the shit while they wait their turn to see the casting director.
So what does it take to get on the show through a casting call? Applicants must create a home tape, fill out an entry form, have their picture taken, and meet the casting department. If they like you, they'll call.
Clean Plate Charlie asked Top Chef season 7 casting director Hunter Braun about the most outrageous home tape he's seen. "Last year, believe it or not, we had two people put octopus on their heads. It was like a running motif. Neither of them knew each other, they were just... I don't know, it was really bizarre. One of them almost made it on the show."
Here are some of the folks who tried out for Top Chef season 7.