Top Chef auditions in Seattle: Canlis

This is for you Top Chef fanatics in Seattle (or around the country); open auditions will be happening over the course of the next few weeks. Cities like Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and a few more will be hosting auditions, check out if there is one near you.

In Seattle, the auditions will be taking place at the esteemed Canlis on Queen Anne. Overlooking Lake Union, Canlis is considered the preeminent special occasion restaurant in Seattle. It’s more or less part of Seattle royalty. They are one of the few places in Seattle that requires men to wear a sport coat. But with this refinement, you do feel like you’re part of something different from the norm. And in some cases that’s a good thing.

Given all the pomp and circumstance, it is odd that they are hosting an audition for a reality TV show. Maybe it has something to do with Canlis’ efforts to appeal to a younger crowd. I’m sure most of the Seattle viewers of Top Chef would never consider going to Canlis for dinner. So maybe getting these folks into the door is the objective.

Whatever the case may be, Canlis is the location for the auditions to the next season of Top Chef. So sharpen your knives, lock down your schtick and come with your best recipe next week to Canlis. Auditions will be on Wednesday 2/11/09, from 10am to 2pm. Best of luck!

I have to mention one last thing about Canlis because I knew nothing about this space until I read about it at All You Can Eat. Nancy mentioned briefly The Cache at Canlis and I was instantly intrigued. It is an ultra-private dining space in Canlis that is only meant for a group of 2-4 people. I did a bit of research and it’s now my mission to have a dinner there. The only hiccup is that I need at least $1K to splurge on dinner. The name makes sense – folks in Alaska use the term ‘cache’ to refer to a hidden place set up high to protect stuff from animals while camping, on hunts, or in general. Caches are usually elevated on stilts, just like Canlis is set up on the side of the cliff. Or, phonetically, cash sounds about right too.

UPDATE – The always delightful Nancy Leson of the Seattle Times has an insider’s look at yesterday’s audition. Check it out and then go support these local chefs.