Get Cast: How to Be on Food Network

Check back here regularly for information on how to become a contestant on Food Network shows, send in questions, request recipe rescues and more.

Now Casting Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off

Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri are back for the battle, looking for the most talented kid chefs in the country! They're seeking out kids ages 8-13 who dream of being on Food Network.

Does your child cook better than most adults?

Apply now at for the chance of a lifetime and a grand prize that will kick-start the career of one talented kid chef.

Now Casting 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.

To apply online, visit Filming requires just two to three days' commitment if selected (subject to change). You must be a legal U.S. resident to be cast.

Now Casting 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.

Apply Now

Now Casting The Great Food Truck Race Season 5

Acclaimed chef and host of The Great Food Truck Race, Tyler Florence, is once again giving you the opportunity to start your own food truck!

We are currently searching for passionate chefs and cooks from all walks of life - trained chefs, amateur chefs, line cooks, sous chefs, home cooks and dedicated foodies to compete for the chance to own and operate their first food truck. If selected, you and two teammates will embark on an epic coast-to-coast culinary road trip. The last team standing wins their very own gourmet food truck and big cash prize!

To apply, please email us with the following information: Your name, age, phone number, photo, proposed teammates (and their photos), description of your culinary background, and the idea for your truck!

**Food truck newbies only, please! You must have never owned/run your own food truck to be considered**

Restaurant Stakeout

Is your revenue not where you’d like it to be? Is your food getting rave reviews, yet your customer service struggling? Are your wait staff, managers and hostesses your biggest problem? If so, Willie Degel and Restaurant Stakeout are here to help.

To apply, send your email address and phone number, the owners' names, the name and address of the restaurant, and, optionally, pictures of or links for the restaurant to Restaurant must be have been open at least six months, be privately owned (non-chain), offer dinner service, have at least 35 seats and be located in Las Vegas, New York or New Jersey.

Can You Make the Cut? Or Will You Get Chopped?

Can you create a $10,000 meal out of our mystery baskets? Chopped casting is now seeking skilled, creative, competitive professional chefs to compete on Chopped. Men and women, of any specialty and skilled in any ethnicity, may apply online.

Apply Today: Professional Chefs

Not a professional chef, but think you have the chops to be on Chopped? We are cooking up a menu of special episodes, including amateurs, moms, grandmothers, dads, teens and more. If you or someone you know fits one or more of these categories, apply for Chopped Special Casting now.

Now Casting 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.

To apply, please email us with the following: 

Phone number
Restaurant name and location
Name and job description of each person who has a significant role at the restaurant
Restaurant website
Current photo of those who own/work at the restaurant, photos of both the inside and outside of the restaurant
A short description of why you feel your restaurant is struggling and what you are hoping to change

For more information, please visit

Mystery Diners: Now Casting

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.

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.

Apply Now

Tell Guy Where to Go

Do you have a favorite diner, drive-in or dive that Guy should visit? Send your suggestion now to: Don't forget to include your contact information!