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Eater Exclusive: Meet Next Season's Top Chefs

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Vitiator of human nature and vaguely food-related show Top Chef is auditioning masochistic cheftestants for its sixth season. Our intrepid intern Bailly Roesch steaked {get it) out Craftsteak where the fourth round of open casting calls on Sunday, March 1 from 10am to 2pm. Lots and lots of people showed up.

From Bailly:

Previous casting calls in San Francisco, Seattle and Atlanta turned up around 1,000 possible cheftestants. One hour into the call in NYC, over 75 people had shown up to audition, with some people having arrived and waited in line at 4:30 am. The audition consisted of an extensive application, a photo being taken, and a question and answer session. The potential cheftestants had to sign confidentiality agreements so no details as to what they were asked in the sessions is known.
Except, duh, these people can't keep their mouth shut worth bumpkiss. So here are your hopefuls:

David Collins
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Culinary experience: Self taught, though has been cooking for about 15 years.
Collins is a stay at home dad and is working on a pilot of a TV show featuring kids as sous chefs. He believes that to be on Top Chef would "be a blast" and really hopes that he gets to do restaurant wars.
Bet: Probably not going to make it.

Angie Armenise
Hometown: Providence, RI
Culinary experience: Went to Johnson & Wales University and has been working in the culinary field for 14 years. She currently is working at the Waterplace Restaurant in Providence, RI.
Armenise is excited about challenging herself in Top Chef and is looking especially forward to the restaurant wars.
Bet: Good chance. She does have a faux hawk.

Matt Wolfe
Hometown: Plainview, NY
Culinary experience: His only training is 6 years of high school home economics, but has been cooking for 20 years.
Wolfe is looking forward to the challenge of Top Chef, in particular anything having to do with seafood.
Bet: Nope.

Bobby Marcotte
Hometown: Derry, NH
Culinary experience: Has been cooking for 13 years and is currently working at the Village Square Restaurant in Hamstead, NH.
Marcotte believes that being on Top Chef would be life changing and really just hopes that he can participate in any of the challenges.
Bet: Not edgy enough.

George Hernandez
Hometown: New York, NY
Culinary experience: Has been cooking for 13 years and is currently a chef at the Gold Street Restaurant in NYC.
Hernandez wants to be on Top Chef to make sure that there are no more cheftestants like Stefan and is up for anything in terms of challenges.
Bet: Well, the most complex item on the Gold Street menu is a Rice Ball with ground beer and marinara sauce, so, nah.

Dante Bua Jr.
Hometown: Boston, MA
Culinary experience: Went to Newbury College and has been cooking for 15+ years. Currently works at Mistral Restaurant in Boston, MA.
Says "Why not?" when asked why he wants to be on Top Chef and is up for any of the challenges.
Bet: Mistral is well-respected. That'll get him into the second round. Also: name is Dante.

Mina Newman
Hometown: New York, NY
Culinary experience: Went to City Tech to study cooking and has been in the industry for 15+ years. Currently works at Christos Steakhouse in Astoria.
Newman thinks that being on Top Chef would be fun and is really looking forward to restaurant wars.
Bet: Pass.

Barrett Partington
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT (currently residing in DC)
Culinary experience: Stay at home dad but has worked in both the front and back of the house in restaurants. Has be cooking for about 8 years.
Partington would like to be on Top Chef for the exposure and hopes to make it to restaurant wars.
Bet: Good name, maybe Mormon which is a plus (see: World, The Real) but no compelling back story.

Michael Glosman
Hometown: New York, NY
Culinary experience: Graduate of the French Culinary Institute; has been cooking professionally for 7 years and is the president of New York based catering company, Distinctive Palate.
Glosman would love to participate in restaurant wars and really hopes to have Michelle Bernstein as a guest judge.
Bet: FCI is good and Top Chef does love caterers so ok.

Darryl Cabrera
Hometown: New York, NY
Culinary experience: Graduate of the New York Restaurant School and has been cooking for 30 years. He is currently the chef manager at the Ramaz School.
Cabrera would like to be on Top Chef to get his 15 minutes of fame and hopes to participate in all of the challenges.
Bet: Glorified school cafeteria chef. No chance.

Ronald Friedman
Hometown: Fairhaven, VT
Culinary experience: Formerly a chef in the Navy, has been cooking for 23+ years. Currently the sous chef at the Fairhaven Inn.
Friedman hopes to gain both experience and exposure by participating in Top Chef and is excited for restaurant wars.
Bet: Navy. Yes, please.

Ulrich A. Sterling
Hometown: Beaufort, SC (currently living in NYC)
Culinary experience: Has been cooking for 13 years and is currently the executive chef at the soon-to-be-opened Agua Dulce in NYC.
Sterling is hoping that his participation in Top Chef helps to boost the notoriety of Agua Dulce and looks forward to any of the challenges that include fish.
Bet: Maybe the next Stefan. His name sounds European.

Chris Randell
Hometown: Fountain Valley, CA (Currently living in Long Island, NY)
Culinary experience: Has been cooking for 18 years but never went to culinary school. He is currently the executive chef at the City Cellar in Long Island.
Randell hopes to win the $100,000 to help pay for the house that he just bought and looks forward to participating in the "Best Meal" challenge.
Bet: I can see the talking head now. This means a lot to me. If I don't win I'll be homeless.

Eleazar Fuerte
Hometown: Miami, FL (Currently living in New Jersey)
Culinary experience: Graduate of Johnson & Wales University. He has been cooking for 8 years and is currently the head chef of Grand Cru in Englewood, NJ.
Fuerte has never seen Top Chef and decided to audition "on a whim".
Bet: Yes based on name and experience. Obviously lying about not seeing Top Chef. Canny.

Marna Smith
Hometown: Minas, Brazil (Currently living in Newport, RI)
Culinary experience: Graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. She is currently the saute cook and the pastry cook at The Mooring in Newport, RI.
Smith feels that she has a lot to show on Top Chef and is looking forward to any of the holiday challenges.
Bet: They do need a Latina woman. Elia did pretty well.

Katherine Horsman
Hometown: St. John, New Brunswick, Canada (Currently lives in Dumbo)
Culinary experience: Nothing professional but has been cooking for 10 years.
Horsman is actually in finance but says that food is her passion. She feels that she has a strong palate and looks forward to any of the challenges that require her to replicate another chef's dish.
Bet: Yes for shits and giggles.

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