Monday, February 01, 2010

Not for NRN readers

February 1

Nation’s Restaurant News, the magazine of which this blog is part, is intended for, and mostly read by, people who own or manage restaurants or are in some way involved in buying or selling things for restaurants.

A lot of food writers read it, too, and many of your favorite consumer magazines and newspapers subscribe and copy liberally from it.

Some NRN readers also read this blog, but a lot of people who read this don’t read NRN (and, as the lackluster number of responses to my poll on MUFSO illustrate, they're not interested in big chain restaurant conventions). They are simply food enthusiasts or restaurant scene voyeurs and the sort of people who might be interested in the casting call announcement I just received, which I will paste below, exclamation marks and all.

Restaurant operators and former operators are not invited.

Thank you for your attention.


Food Network and the producers of The Next Food Network Star are looking for two person teams for a new competition series!

Have you always dreamed of running your own restaurant? Does your wife, husband, brother, sister, mother, partner or friend share that dream?

Do you make restaurant quality meals at home and want to show that you can take it to the next level? Are you a pro in the kitchen while your teammate is a star in the front of the house? Are you ready to prove that you have what it takes to run a restaurant? If so, we want to meet you!


Date: Friday, February 12, 2010
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Professor Thoms
219 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003
*Please go to to download two applications (one for you, one for your partner). Please bring completed applications along with recent photos to the casting call.*

Two person teams with pre-existing relationships: Husband & wife, ex-husband & wife, father & daughter, mother & son, newlyweds, brothers, sisters, twins, cousins, best friends, etc.

The Skills to Run a Restaurant: Applicants may have no restaurant experience, a ton of experience, or some combination of the two. One member of the team will be the chef and run the kitchen, and the other will run the “front of the house,” so all we ask is that you have the skills to, as a team, actually run a restaurant.

Personality that Pops: Are you and your teammate charismatic and outgoing? We’re looking for lots of energy and charm!

*Please don’t apply if you already own your own restaurant or have previously owned a restaurant.

• If you have any questions, please contact us at
• Applicants must (a) be a US citizen or permanent legal resident with the unrestricted ability to work in the U.S. and (b) be at least 18 years of age.

1 comment:

Shane Curcuru said...

Thanks for that valuable public service! You should have included a "Bret sent me" so you can get the referral bonus!

I only counted three "!" in their message - not at all out of place for a casting call like that, I think.

Sadly, I believe our long-past plans to run our own restaurant/bar are just dreams at this point - I think we've grown up to much to see the excitement over the actual work.