Calling All Chefs: Top Chef Season 12 Auditions in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles + NYC

TCNOLASeason 11 of Top Chef just wrapped (Congrats, Nicholas Elmi!), but we’re already looking forward to the next mouthwatering competition. If you’ve always aspired to compete on the show that has helped usher in the next generation of America’s best chefs, come on down! Casting calls for season 12 of Top Chef are being held in cities across the U.S. This is the ideal opportunity to get in front of the folks who have had a hand in furthering the cooking careers of dozens of Top Chef winners and cheftestants.

Auditions begin TODAY in Atlanta and Dallas and head to other cities in the coming weeks. The current schedule is:

* ATLANTA: February 18 10AM-1PM, at The Spence, 75 Fifth Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia.

* CHICAGO: February 24, 10AM-1PM, at Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

* DALLAS: February 18, 10AM-1PM, at Hotel Palomar Dallas, 5300 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas.

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On Our Plate: Restaurant Weeks in Dallas, Tampa Bay, Raleigh + Vegas; Food Shaming + More

orlandoHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re tuning in to the newest season of Top Chef. Find out which restaurants the newest batch of cheftestants hails from.

* Has anyone ever food-shamed you for how you like a particular dish? Shame on them!

* New York City Restaurant Week continues. Three-course $25 lunches and $38 dinners through August 16.

* Pittsburgh Restaurant Week have arrived! Don’t miss steals on meals in the Steel City through August 18.

* Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurant Week continues. Book $25 lunches and $35 or $45 dinners through August 18.

* Costa Mesa Restaurant Week starts tomorrow. Reserve today for up to 40% off on gourmet meals at Costa Mesa’s best eateries, August 16-23.

* Dine Tampa Bay begins tomorrow, too. Enjoy special three-course $25, $35, and $45 dinners through August 30.

* Baltimore County Restaurant Week heats up! Get charmed by $15.13-$30.13 lunches and $15.13-$35.13 dinners through August 25.

* Downtown Cincinnati Restaurant Week is on like Tron. Take advantage of $35 dinners for one or two through August 25.

* Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week reservations are open. Book now for $20 or $30 three-course dinners, and $10 beer or wine pairings at select locations, August 19-25.

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Top Chef New Orleans Cast Revealed; Debuts 10/2

Angelina Jolie’s leg also appears as a guest judge.

The latest season of Top Chef will debut on Bravo on October 2, 2013. Set in the Big Easy, the season is sure to put cheftestants to the test by challenging them to tackle some of NOLA’s most beloved culinary specialties. If you thought risotto sent people packing their knives, can you imagine what will happen when competitors are tasked with taking on gumbo? I’m pretty sure they’ll roux the day.

The competitors include Bene Bartolotta formerly of CircoRamon Bojorquez of NINE-TENShirley Chung formerly at China PoblanoJason Cichonski of ElaNina Compton of Scarpetta Fontainebleau Miami BeachStephanie Cmar of No.9 Park, Justin Devillier of La Petite GroceryNick Elmi formerly of Rittenhouse TavernCarlos Gaytan of MexiqueBrian Huskey of PiccaLouis Maldonado of SpoonbarCarrie Mashaney formerly of Cascina SpinasseBret Pelaggi formerly of Chiara Bistro, and Patricia Vega of David Burke Fishtail.Continue Reading

Wine Prices to Rise; Kids Against Kid Menus; Chef Swims Against Current with Plankton + More News

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Sheldon J. Plankton reacts to the exciting news regarding Aponiente’s latest menu items.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Meet the mashgiach. Also known as a gatekeepers, they keep kitchens kosher. [NY Times]

* Get ready to whine about wine prices. They’re going up. [MSN Money]

* Are kids over kid menus? At least one is — and she eloquently explains why. [TODAY]

* Plankton is on the menu at an acclaimed restaurant. And, no, we’re not talking about the Krusty Krab. [Daily Mail]

* Top secret. Chefs share tricks of the trade to those looking to up their culinary game. [Wall Street Journal]

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