In July, you'll have a chance to do it where it counts -- in front of a Food Network casting agent. On July 26 at the W Hotel (181 Third St. at Howard), The Next Food Network Star is hosting open-call casting auditions for Season Six (scheduled to air next summer). What do you need, besides Paula Deen-like incandescence? "There are two must-haves in order to be a Food Network star," said Bob Tuschman, a senior VP for the network. "A bright, bold, likeable star personality that leaps through the screen, backed up by the culinary authority to inspire, teach, and engage viewers." Oh, is that all.
Tuschman said the casting agent would be sniffing around for energy, charisma, and what he called food credibility. "Be memorable, be authoritative, and be entertaining," he said. Auditions go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For applications and rules, log onto Food Network. Can't get away from your executive chef gig at Chez Panisse on July 26? Submit a three-minute video audition -- again, check the Web site for guidelines.