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How to Audition for 'Masterchef'

Step-by-step Guide to Getting on the Fox Cooking Competition

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Photo of MasterChef Judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot Fox

Are you a home cook who longs to show Gordon Ramsay and the other judges on Masterchef that you have what it takes to be a master chef? Could you out cook dozens of competitors and take home the title of Masterchef--not to mention the $250,000 grand prize and a chance to become a professional chef?

Then you'll want to audition to be on the next season of Masterchef by following these simple steps:

  1. Step One: Pre-register. Enter your name and contact info, pick where you want to audition, upload a photo, read and agree to the terms, answer a few questions--about your background and things like, "If we came over to your house for dinner, what would you cook for us?"--and click on the "Submit your details" button here.
  2. Step Two: Download and fill out the application form.
  3. Step Three: Take your filled out application and your most impressive dish with you to the open call audition location you previously chose. (Tip: There won't be a kitchen at the audition location, so your dish must be prepared and ready to serve.

Remember: the audition day will be a very long with lots of standing/waiting. There will be time to plate your dish there, but you need to bring any dishes and utensils including the plate, knives, forks and spoons. You can also bring a fold-up chair, a snack and bottled water, but don't bring a lot of unessential items (or cameras, or recording devices of any kind). It is also not an appropriate place for children under 13. All bags will be searched.

Those who are selected for callbacks will be told at the time of their audition or shortly thereafter. Callbacks will be scheduled approximately 1-3 days after the open call.

Important: If you didn't get a chance to pre-register, you can still attend an open call--just bring a dish with you.

If you cannot make it to one of the audition locations, you can also send in your material by November 30, 2012. Just follow the steps below:

Make a video keeping these guidelines in mind: (Tip:Ask a friend to help you so they can operate the camera and you will always be in the picture.)

  • The video should be 5-10 minutes long
  • The video should tell producers who you are, where you live, what you love about cooking, what your other hobbies are and what you do for a living.
  • Remember that producers want to see personality! Be creative, be big and bold, have fun.
  • Don't edit your video or add music.
  • But do play your video before submitting it and make sure it is in focus and you are clear and understandable. If the image or audio doesn't look/sound good enough, redo the video. But try to avoid sounding rehearsed the second (or third) time around.
  • Also, remember that laws prohibit them from airing images of logos, brands, or copyrighted material, so avoid wearing clothing with logos visible or showing images of artwork/drawings, posters, or anything else that might have a copyright.

Masterchef producers suggest you follow these steps to make your video:

  1. Start with a shot of yourself standing outside your house. Introduce yourself,"My name is (your name here) and this is where I live, in (your city of residence)."
  2. Even though it is repetitive, then film yourself saying your name, your age, what city/town you currently live in and what you do for work.
  3. Now open the door to your home, have the cameraman follow you and give a tour of your home and introduce anyone you live with including family or friends or roommates. (You don't need to show bathrooms or other people's bedrooms, just focus on the public areas and your space.)
  4. Go into the kitchen and videotape yourself making and plating your signature dish, describing the steps you take as you are going through them. Because they can't taste your dish you must wow them with these images. (But remember that the completed video will only be 5-10 minutes so you don't have to describe or show every little step in the cooking process. Show the main things, the dish you are creating, the ingredients, whether it's roasted or sauteed or grilled and how it looks when it's completed and ready to eat).
  5. Next videotape yourself doing other things you typically do. If you are involved in sports, have someone tape you playing, if you have a collection of something, show it. Use this as an opportunity to demonstrate your personality and show you have interests outside of cooking.
  6. Tell producers something about yourself that they wouldn't expect based on your first impression--something that surprises people to know.
  7. Now tell the producers a little more about who you are as a cook. Tell them what food/cooking means to you. What role did food play in your life when you were growing up? Where did your inspiration for cooking come from? Has your heritage played a part in what or how you cook? How often do you cook? Do you use recipes or make dishes up from scratch? Have you had any training? What kind of cook are you? What type of food do you enjoy cooking? What do you think makes you a good cook?
  8. For more advice on making a winning casting video check out this video.
  9. When your video is done and ready to go, you should be able to upload it, a photo of yourself and a picture of your dish (as well as completing the application online) here.
  10. If you aren't able to upload it, package your video (labeled with your name, phone number and "Masterchef Season (#) Casting") up with a photo of yourself, a photo of your plated dish, a copy of your completed application and mail it as soon as possible to: MasterChef Season 4 Casting, 1741 Ivar Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028.

Tip: Keep copies of all your application materials (including your audition video) in case something happens and you need back-ups.

All those considered for the Masterchef will be required to submit and sign additional documents (which may include, without limitation, a participant agreement, waiver, and series rules) in order to be considered to participate in the series.

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