0804topchef.jpgWhile current Top Chef contestants battle it out in Chicago, the series prepares for its next round of the culinary contest/reality show. Bravo has announced its casting call for the 5th season (New York's open call is May 11th at the Culinary Institute of America in Astor Center):

Chefs with a passion for food, creativity, a thorough knowledge of cooking techniques and trends and oodles of charisma are what we're looking for. We want both self-taught cooks and those who have trained at top culinary schools.

An application and video must be submitted, so check the site for more details. No word yet on where the new season will take place -- but perhaps Top Chef Brooklyn is in order. We can already envision a challenge at Whisk & Ladle or a crossover episode with Williamsburg's Feed Me Show.