'Top Chef Junior,' 'MasterChef Junior' open-call auditions in Atlanta

TOP CHEF JUNIOR -- Episode 106 -- Pictured: (l-r) Head Judge Curtis Stone, Guest Chef Joshua John Russell, Fuller Goldsmith -- (Photo by: Dale Berman/Universal Kids)

Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

TOP CHEF JUNIOR -- Episode 106 -- Pictured: (l-r) Head Judge Curtis Stone, Guest Chef Joshua John Russell, Fuller Goldsmith -- (Photo by: Dale Berman/Universal Kids)

Posted Friday, December 8, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Over the past four years, there have been a flood of kid-related cooking shows including "Food Network Star Kids," "Kids Baking Championship," "Chopped Junior," "Rachael Ray's Kids Cookoff."

Two of the bigger kid cooking shows are seeking young chefs in Atlanta in the coming weeks.

First up: Bravo's "Top Chef" franchise is seeking contestants for the second season of "Top Chef Junior," airing on Universal Kids, NBCUniversal's network for kids ages 2 to 12.

And the producers are coming to Atlanta seeking contestants ages 9 to 13 on Wednesday, December 13. It will be held at the Georgian Terrace from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Currently in its inaugural season, "Top Chef Junior" airs Friday nights at 8 p.m. with the winner grabbing $50,000. Vanessa Lachey and Curtis Stone host.

Formal applications and and all details for season two open call auditions are available via the following link: http://www.universalkids.com/topchefjuniorcasting.

The original "Top Chef" returned for its 15th season Thursday night, December 7, on Bravo at 10 p.m. with no Atlanta residents competing. In fact, this  season - set in Colorado - has no Southerners at all.

WHEN/                   ATLANTA - Wednesday, December 13 from 11am - 6pm

WHERE:                Georgian Terrace Hotel (659 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308)

Additional open casting call auditions to be hosted in:

NEW YORK CITY - Saturday, December 9 from 10am - 5pm

Westin New York Grand Central (212 East 42nd St, New York, NY 10017)

CHICAGO - Saturday, December 9 from 10am - 5pm

Ambassador Hotel (1301 N State Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60610)

NEW ORLEANS - Wednesday, December 13 from 12pm - 7pm

Ritz-Carlton (921 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112)

HOUSTON - Saturday, December 17 from 10am - 5 pm

Four Seasons Hotel (1300 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010)

PHOENIX - Saturday, December 17 from 10am - 5pm

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort (7677 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020)

LOS ANGELES - Saturday , January 6th, 2018 from 10am - 5pm

Loews Hollywood Hotel (1755 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028)


 MASTERCHEF JUNIOR: Host / judge Gordon Ramsay. CR: FOX. © 2017 FOX Broadcasting.

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If that doesn't work out, you can try out for Fox's "Masterchef Junior," which comes to the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta at 75 14th St. NE, Atlanta on Saturday, January 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can apply at www.masterchefjuniorcasting.com as well.

This will be the sixth season for the show, which debuted in 2013 and features Gordon Ramsay, like several other Fox cooking shows. Joe Bastianich and Christina Tosi are the other judges.

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