By Andrew Z. Galarneau
Who will win a food truck in Niagara Falls?
A Toronto casting company has invited local cooks to apply for a role in an upcoming Food Network competition.
The winner gets a food truck for a year. Even better, they get the brand recognition that comes from being on television.
“We’re looking for two-person teams who have never owned or worked on a food truck before, who dream of having one,” said Sergio Alvarado of The Brunch Store, a casting company. “The prize in each episode is a one-year lease.”
So far applicants have ranged from trained chefs to home cooks, lawyers, teachers and accountants, he said.
Early in the show’s history, it’s not clear when it will air, or who the host will be. It would likely run on Food Network Canada as well.
“We’re doing five cities, and we’ve already started filming in Miami. Then we’re doing L.A., Austin and Toronto as well as one Niagara Falls episode.” It will include contestants from both sides of the border, as teams, vie in a Toronto studio and amid the tourist crowds in Niagara Falls, Ont.
The road to the Food Network starts with filling out an application, at http://castingapp.tv/foodtruckfaceoff/, and sending a photo. Then there’s a phone screening. If they still like you, they’ll invite you to appear in person, on March 1. “We’ll bring a select few in for auditions in Niagara Falls,” Alvarado said.
If you don’t have a passport or an enhanced license, don’t bother.
The deadline is Feb. 27, but the earlier you apply the better. “We schedule as applications come in. People who apply last minute might not get a chance if all the spots are filled.”