What separates the wheat from the chaff at the Top Chef tryouts? Open calls for the 6th season were held yesterday, and it still is all about the cooking chops; schticks won't cut it here. And if at first you don't succeed? "Yeah, it takes a good many of our competitors a few times to get on the show," says Braun.25-page applications let the team get into the mind of the applicants. But in the end, "it’s great if you can take apart a caribou in fifteen seconds, but if you can’t make an inventive dish with it, you might not be right for the show."