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Casting calls in Chicago this Saturday for adventurers, cooks

A couple of casting calls in Chicago this Saturday are looking for people wanting to race around the globe or work their magic in front of a stove.

CBS’ long-running reality competition “The Amazing Race” is inviting would-be teams of two to show up between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Marmot store, 932 N. Rush.

You and your teammate will be assigned a number and, if called, you’ll have one minute to explain on camera why you should be on the show. Applicants must be at least 21 years old. Get more details and read about eligibility requirements at

If cooking sounds like more fun than racing, you might want to try out for the Food Network’s new culinary competition featuring home chefs across the country. One winner from the Midwest will go on to vie against other regional home cooks in a final competition with a cash prize.

The casting call is being held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wooden Spoon, 5047 N. Clark. Hopefuls are asked to bring one savory dish, a photo of the dish and the recipe. You’ll need to plate the dish for one person. Get the skinny at