The audition video is at the end of the post, but you've got to read the post first!
Just like I promised, I sent my video, resumé, and headshot into the Magical Elves (the name of the production company for the TV show Top Chef). Sadly the Magical Elves have not contacted me yet. They start filming in March and I just barely made the cutoff date so it's possible they've already filled their spaces. The application clearly stated to turn it in before the due date because they have a short period of time to cast the show.
But, there's still a chance that the Magical Elves might tip toe into my room at night with their little pointy shoes and striped stockings and whisper in my ear that I'm the next contestant on Top Chef. Or perhaps they are having trouble finding my Paris address? Oh, woe is me.
To complicate matters, I just found out that one of the sous chefs from Guy Savoy, Las Vegas applied for the show too and the Magical Elves went to film him cooking at the restaurant. Oh double woe is me!!! They wouldn't put two contestants from the same restaurant on the show would they? Not unless they wanted to see a bloodbath. I do meat and he does fish so there's lots of potential for drama and competition.
However, I really really like the sous chef. He briefly visited our Paris restaurant and we had a ton of fun working together. We joked privately about how different the cooking culture is in Paris compared to the States. I showed him how to de-feather, gut, and fillet wild birds and together we zipped through piles of recently hunted game birds. He was happy to have a break from fish and I was happy to talk with a fellow American and see what's new in the food world.
We parted ways and he gave me a chef's jacket from the Guy Savoy, Las Vegas restaurant that has the official logo on it. (We don't have those in Paris, I'm not quite sure why not)
So guess what, I'm taking my jacket and I'm going to Las Vegas to cook for a few weeks. It's his turn to teach me what he knows! I'm planning on staying at the Paris hotel. So for anyone that thinks I'm leaving France or that I'm no longer an expat blogger, think again mon cherie! I hear they've got an Eiffle Tower and everything!!! I'll be writing from Paris and cooking in a French restaurant... just... uh... not the one on Rue Troyon a block away from the L'Arc de Triumph.
The other Paris!
This is embarrassing, but here's my video if you need a good laugh. I look extremely tired (because I am) and I was only allowed 5 minutes of video footage so a lot of good stuff got chopped. It was challenging to film at the restaurant and I owe a lot of thanks to Tse, the newest American stagier who is also blogging about her experiences, because she came in early to tape me. And yes, I know the beginning is cheesy, but I wanted to make sure I had the attention of the Magical Elves. You know how elves are...