Behind the Scenes: MasterChef Casting Call, Miami
MasterChef is new to FOX, but the program is already a UK and Australia phenomenon that has broken television viewing records in the latter country. MasterChef originated in 1990 with the BBC. The show will run abroad at least through 2011.
And now, the program is coming to America and will be hosted by Gordon Ramsay. The program features all amateur chefs -- no professionals allowed and no formal training either -- cooking their way to fame and fortune, and battling for kitchen supremacy in a weekly cookoff.
3 Ball Productions (The Biggest Loser, Breaking Bonaduce, Beauty and the Geek) and Reveille Productions (Date My Mom, Ugly Betty, The Office) are producing MasterChef. Yesterday, they came to Miami looking for victims, um, future stars.
Here's our behind-the-scenes look.
|The Judges and Casting folks|
Applicants were instructed to cook and bring one dish with them. The judges tried the food, rated it on a score card, and conducted short interviews.
Robbie Bell sells real estate and cohosts a radio show called Join Us at the Table.
Michael Jacobs is a principal in Strategic Hospitality Group, a "restaurant in a box."
Chef Frank Randazzo owns Talula restaurant in Miami Beach with his wife, Andrea Curto Randazzo, and operates Creative Tastes Catering.
|The score card.|
|Interviewing prospective contestants.|
|Somebody's dish with applicants in background.|
|An in house TV production crew was on hand documenting the scene as well.|