Home Video Instructions

Home Video Instructions

Note: Please read the “How to Apply” section first! That will give you all the information you need. Home videos should not be done until you have contacted a member of the casting team.

Please make a home video that depicts your trials and tribulations in the kitchen, along with a taste of your home life. You should bring the tape with you to the open call.

Below is all the information you’ll need to make a great tape, including what to film, tips and guidelines.

We look forward to seeing you in action!

Tips and Guidelines for making your home video:

  • Tapes should be 3-5 minutes long

  • Please show us your personality! This is the key to having a great tape; don’t be too serious and have fun!

  • Please film an example of a meal that either frustrates you or that you are proud of but your friends & family consider inedible. We need proof that you need help in the kitchen!

  • Try to incorporate a bit of cooking into the video; we would love to see you in the process of cooking a meal.

  • Be sure to include some footage of your home/everyday life. We want insight into who you are outside of the kitchen!

  • Please film family members/co-workers/significant others/anyone who thinks you need to stay far away from the kitchen! We want to know how they feel about your cooking; you might even want to cook something for them and then capture their reaction to it.

Guidelines for filming


Try not to be more than 10 feet away from the camera as the sound will be too faint.


Make sure the room in which you film is well-lit. You might want to turn on some lights as the camera will not see as much daylight as your eyes do.


When you and your nominator are answering questions, have the camera set up on a tripod or somewhere steady and safe. Or have another adult you trust do the camera work.


Position yourself so that your head and shoulders/the upper halves of your body fill the frame or viewfinder.


Make sure you are in an environment where your voices will be audible. IMPORTANT: You must turn OFF any music, TV, radio or other noises around you.



(Below are a few questions we’d love to hear the answer to. Please answer EVERY question on camera. Remember to restate the question in your response. For example, “My name is Joe Smith, I’m from Dallas, Texas and I work as an anthropologist.”)

Tell us your name, where you’re from, what you do for a living.

Why do you think you are hopeless in the kitchen? And/or why do other people think you are hopeless in the kitchen?

Why do you want to get better at cooking?

What would it mean to you to be a great cook?


Tell us your name, where you’re from and what you do for a living.

Describe your relationship with the nominee.

Why did you nominate this person (please be detailed!)

Have you told this person why you think they’re a bad cook?

Why do you want this person to learn how to cook?


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