‘MasterChef’ to hold open casting call in New Orleans Saturday _lowres

FOX photo by GREG GAYNE -- Claudia Sandoval won last season's 'MasterChef.'

The Fox cooking competition series for home cooks “MasterChef” is looking for contestants for Season 8.

An open casting call will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Marriott, 614 Canal St., New Orleans.

The show is searching for talented home cooks from all types of backgrounds and with a range of cooking styles, a news release says. “The casting team is looking for home cooks who enjoy preparing everything from delightful desserts and hefty main courses to fine French cuisine, great-tasting burgers and more,” the release says.

On the Gordon Ramsay-hosted series, the contestants compete in weekly cooking challenges, with one cook sent home each week. The winner gets $250,000.

For more information and to preregister, visit masterchefcasting.com.