Season 1 contestants Audrey Brust, of Zachary, and Katelyn Rickert, of New Orleans, will appear Wednesday in the Crescent City at auditions for Season 2 of Universal Kids' "Top Chef Jr."

The auditions will run from noon to 7 p.m. at the Ritz Carlton, 921 Canal St. They'll be looking for young chefs ages 9-14. New Orleans will be one of nine major U.S. cities hosting open call auditions for the culinary competition series.

"Top Chef Jr.," patterned after Bravo's "Top Chef," airs at 7 p.m. Fridays on Universal Kids and the winner gets $50,000. 

Formal applications for the auditions are available at

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