Here’s how to get cast on a Food Network tv show

With so many contestants on reality tv shows hailing from Dallas, the city seems to be ground central for talent (and misfits).

If you’d like to follow the tv limelight cast by chefs Dean Fearing, Stephan Pyles, Kent Rathbun, Tre WilcoxD.J Quintanilla of Resto Gastro Bistro  — hell, maybe even John  Tesar at Knife, here’s the link you need. Maybe you, too, can get your own Wikipedia page, just like Tiffany Derry-Mtchell.

Right now, the Food Network says they’re looking to Dallas for:

Mystery Diners (“Is your restaurant or bar NOT living up to its full potential? Need help rooting out a problem? Then Mystery Diners wants to hear from YOU!!! Food Network is currently seeking independently owned restaurants/bars in Miami, New Orleans, Dallas, Los Angeles, Boston, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Owners must have strong, outgoing personalities and be ready to get down to the root of their problems.

If you would like to nominate your restaurant/bar please email us at: Please put “RESTAURANT/BAR OWNER” in the subject line and include your FULL NAME, RESTAURANT/BAR NAME, LOCATION, REASON FOR SUBMISSION, NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES, PHOTOS OF YOU AND YOUR RESTAURANT/BAR (inside and out) and PHONE NUMBER. In order to be selected for Mystery Diners, you must own or work at the restaurant that you are filling out an application for.”)

And these shows are now casting:

American Diner Revival (“Is your local diner in desperate need of a renovation? Would your community come together to save it? Food Network’s American Diner Revival is traveling the country to restore diners to their past glory! We’re currently casting diners deserving of a free makeover. We want to hear your diner’s story and how your customers and community are the best in the country.”)

Guy’s Grocery Games (“Food Network’s hit show, Guy’s Grocery Games, is casting for upcoming seasons and giving you the chance to win up to $20,000! This fast-paced culinary competition puts talented chefs and professional cooks to the test in the ultimate supermarket-themed showdown. To navigate the aisles of this high-pressure competition, you’re going to need clever cooking solutions and supermarket savvy. From shopping on a budget to substituting out-of-stock ingredients, contestants will have to race against the clock to survive. If you make your living in a professional kitchen and think you have what it takes to be the last chef standing, then Guy Fieri is ready to put you to the test!”)

To apply, please email us:

Please put your city/state in the email subject line.

Chefs for Beat Bobby Flay (“Do you have what it takes to compete against Bobby Flay? Do you have an iconic dish that could take him down?”)

Fitness Impossible (“Robert Irvine’s newest mission is you! Is there a question you’ve always wanted to ask Chef Robert Irvine? How does he work on the road, stay in shape, keep positive and help others? Have you ever wanted to ask for his help with your life? Now is your chance to get his advice for your own choices about food, health and fitness, family and life as a whole! All you have to do is follow the upload instructions below and send us a 2 minute video telling us about yourself. Include where you live, what you do and your question for Robert Irvine. Explain why you think you’re in trouble and why Robert can help you. Robert will answer as many questions as he can and make you his next mission!”)

Cutthroat Kitchen (“Just how far is a chef willing to go to win a cooking competition? Cutthroat Kitchen hands four chefs each $25,000 and the opportunity to spend that money on helping themselves or sabotaging their competitors. Alton Brown, Embassy Row and the producer of Top Chef are seeking professional chefs with the talent, personality and appetite to compete for up to $25,000.”). Meet Jet Tila in person! Doodle with Alton Brown!

Decadent Home Cooks (“Food Network/Cooking Channel are making a new show highlighting decadently delicious family dishes. Is Grandma’s lasagna so ooey-gooey good that just the thought of it puts on five pounds? Are Dad’s glazed babybacks putting a hurtin’ on your waistline? If you love your family’s home-cooked foods but would like to leave Sunday dinner without having to unbutton your jeans, then you’re the person we are looking for! We want you to nominate someone in your family for a recipe makeover. We’re looking for big, dynamic personalities who make unbelievably tasty dishes for a new series where the challenge is to make their dishes lighter, leaner, but just as flavorful. Submit a brief description of yourself, the person you are nominating and the dish that they make. Also include your favorite Food Network/Cooking Channel shows and personalities.”)

Restaurants and Restaurant Owners (“Is your restaurant one way and you think it should be another? Do you have partners, family or co-owners with differing visions for the restaurant? Maybe you are constantly back and forth with your family or longtime business partner about the way the restaurant should be run.This is your chance to receive expert restaurant advice and a restaurant makeover! If you are ready to make your restaurant a success, we want to hear from you.”)
Restaurant: Impossible (“Hey restaurateurs: Empty tables? Dishes tired? Chefs grouchy? Front of the house upside down? Let Robert Irvine’s next mission be your restaurant’s rescue. Food Network’s impossibly clever, creative chef will work makeover magic — in time for dinner.”)
And if you want to tell Guy where to go:

Find all the details here.