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'Top Chef' holds casting call

February 18, 2009

NEW YORK - Bravo's Emmy- and James Beard Award-winning series and the No. 1 rated food show on cable, "Top Chef," will be returning for a sixth season.

"Top Chef" Season Six casting calls will come to Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at XIX NINETEEN at Park Hyatt at the Bellevue. Go to www.nineteenrestaurant.com for information.

Bravo's "Top Chef" offers a fascinating window into the competitive, pressure-filled environment of world-class cookery and the restaurant business at the highest level. The series - hosted by Padma Lakshmi and presided by head judge Chef Tom Colicchio - features aspiring chefs who compete for their shot at culinary stardom and the chance to earn the prestigious title of "Top Chef."

Each episode holds two challenges for the chefs. The first is a quick-fire test of their basic abilities and the second is a more involved elimination challenge designed to test the versatility and inventiveness of the chefs.

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