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Did you audition for ABC's new cooking show yesterday in Manhattan?

C'mon, I can't be the only one....

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  1. I was supposed to, but unfortunately the shooting dates for the show didn't mesh with my schedule terribly well.

    Seems like the nature of competition TV is that only the unemployed or those sufficiently wealthy enough to begin with - i.e., only people who can just take two weeks off without it affecting their life - are able to actually compete... The rest of us working shmoes are SOL...

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    1. re: sgordon

      I'm a working shmo and a lot of people I was in line with were too, including two winners from Chopped who work at restaurants.

      1. re: TrishUntrapped

        Actually, from reading all of the comments, it does seem like you would need a fairly "open" schedule. I am guessing that most 9-to-5ers would not be able to audition, or make the call-backs.

        1. re: DougRisk

          I spoke to my publisher beforehand and he had no problem with me taking leave for the show (I also had two extra weeks of vacay time I could use too). But yes, you do need time.

          1. re: DougRisk

            It wasn't so much the auditions - snagging a day or a half-day here or there is no big deal. But to actually compete on the show you needed to be able to take two weeks off in August. Most people just can't do that - certainly hourly wage earners aren't going to be able to do it, not unless they're in a two-earner household, as they rely on that pay. As to myself, though I'm salaried, it's just not feasable to take two weeks off. A week, maximum, which isn't a terribly uncommon limit at most businesses.

            But that's the nature of most competition shows. You're either financially set enough that it's no big deal for you... or you've got nothing to lose in the first place.

            1. re: sgordon

              "But to actually compete on the show you needed to be able to take two weeks off in August. Most people just can't do that - certainly hourly wage earners aren't going to be able to do it, not unless they're in a two-earner household, as they rely on that pay."

              I believe it. And, like you, I can take at least 2 weeks vacation a year, but it is basically impossible to take 2 weeks off in a row.

              1. re: DougRisk

                "I can take at least 2 weeks vacation a year, but it is basically impossible to take 2 weeks off in a row."

                You either need a better job or our society is pretty well f*cked.

                  1. re: sgordon

                    Just did . . . Next time will be after we relocate to France or the Netherlands.

                    1. re: MGZ

                      Ah, bummer. That's a little too far a commute for me...

                  2. re: MGZ

                    Well, I like my job. But, either way, at many companies it is really difficult to be away from things for 2 straight weeks. I mean, in dire situations (major family issues, things like that), people will figure out something, but for many companies, it is really difficult to swing having someone who is as important to a project as they are being away for 2 straight weeks.

                    1. re: DougRisk

                      In journalism it's not unusual for two week breaks.

                      1. re: TrishUntrapped

                        Uh, I'd argue that depends on the publication. Not that common where I am, at least not for most staff.

                        1. re: TrishUntrapped

                          I believe it. And there are more than a few industries where longer breaks are common (e.g. teaching, seasonal work, etc.). But, for the majority of salaried workers, IME, taking 2 weeks off straight is very difficult.

          2. Did you get a call back? And what did you present?

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            1. re: roxlet

              I did not get a callback. I presented A Taste of Thanksgiving, pictured below.

              I'm a Yankee New England home cook and make comfort food - "Traditional With A Twist." I would have liked to have brought my Three Cheese Crisp original grilled cheese sandwich along with a shooter of Andalusian Gazpacho but since the dish had to be served cold, a grilled cheese was not something I thought would hold up well for tasting,

              A Taste of Thanksgiving:

              -Pineapple-Brined Turkey roasted over charcoal
              -Turkey Gravy (Made with 12-hour homemade turkey stock, brightened with red apple vinegar)
              -Yankee Bread Stuffing with Sausage and Apples
              -Tangerine Cranberry Sauce
              -Sticking It To Boiled Carrots
              -Singing Apple Pie with Whipped Cream and Saigon Cassia Cinnamon

                1. re: roxlet

                  Thanks Roxlet. I actually had a good time talking to others in line, especially the two chefs from Chopped.

                  1. re: TrishUntrapped

                    I made macaron. My call back is Wednesday. It was a blast. Met so many really, really nice people on the line. After the taster tasted the dishes in the group we were in, we got to sample and every single dish was fantastic!!! It was really so much fun.

                    TrishUntrapped--your dish looks amazing!

                    1. re: jarona

                      Jarona, good luck to you and congratulations! Let us know how your call back goes ok???

                      Though I did not get a call back, the experience was good in many ways.

                      I sampled a smoked duck and fig dish made by Chopped champion Matt Zappoli, who was standing next to me, and it was delicious! I plan on going to his restaurant Tre Amici on my next trek to Jersey. That guy can cook!

                      1. re: jarona

                        That sounds like fun! What were some of the dishes you tasted? ANything really interesting?

                        1. re: roxlet

                          I tried a Tajine that was awesome, fois gras on toast with a fruit jam which was heaven and--get this. Risotto with octopus which was one of the ten best things I've ever tasted. It was a great experience!

                          1. re: jarona

                            Well, good luck with your call back. When is it?

                              1. re: Samalicious

                                Oh, you have a call back too? Nice! What did you make for the first audition?

                          1. re: TrishUntrapped

                            Caramel; chocolate ganache-filled, and almond filled. I am still shocked and extra-pleasantly surprised for the callback;)

                      1. re: HillJ

                        Thanks HillJ, cooking is a labor of love for me and I love making Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends, so it's what I brought.

                        1. re: TrishUntrapped

                          It shows, TrishU. I really respect your labor of love.

                    2. Everyone with callbacks - - Please, please - Keep us posted on your progress!!

                      1. What time did you reach there and how long was the wait?
                        I have never been to an audition and could not attend due to health issues.
                        I am asking all who attended.

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                        1. re: ak08820

                          Auditions were posted that they would run from 10 to 4. I arrived at 9:15 and the line was already long. It was a couple hours before getting inside the building, then an hour for the special elevator, another hour to get inside the audition room and another hour or so for the interview/tasting. I left around 2 p.m.

                          Jarona, good for you, sounds delicious. Let us know how the call back goes!