Category: Business Owner

Save My Bakery – Casting Guide

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  • Contestants: One Bakery per Episode
  • Top Prize: Bakery Rennovation
  • Selectivity: 2 Star
This is a single episode reality show hosted by Kerry Vincent. She is famous baker and sugar artist who currently owns a shop in Oklahoma. She is known for her time on the Food Network Challenge, and many people refer to her as “The Queen of Cakes”. She is a true legend in the industry both for her flavors as well as her decorating ability. The show appeared on the Food Network with the reruns still airing.

The show has a very procedural format in which each episode Kerry shares the background of a struggling bakery. Most of the bakeries have had success in the past; however, they failed to keep their designs current. She also seems to need to teach the managers to be more assertive when dealing with the staff. The production team also seem to be drawn to bakeries that have a family relationship that is creating tension. Once the background is explained to the public, the viewers are taken to the current shop which is shot to make it look dated and cluttered. Unlike Bar Rescue, they are never meant to appear unsanitary. The show simply focuses how the environment isn’t conducive to selling pastries and cookies.

After the viewers are introduced to the bakery, the staff is introduced. There is a bit of time in which every employee receives a tad bit of airtime so they can share their story. This may be something to discuss with your staff before applying for the show in case someone feels strongly about not appearing on the show. Additionally, each staff member will be asked for their ideas on improving the bakery as well as the weekly competition that we’ll discuss in detail below. The interactions between the staff are the key element of the show in which Kerry attempts to get the owner or manager to face the reality of their issues.

In each episode, the current product is tasted and reviewed for the viewers. After that Kerry will provide recommendations on changing recipes and designs with an eye towards the staff’s current limitations. This along with the renovations are the two most valuable items that come from appearing on the show. Most of the time the recipes and presentations are dated so having someone who can provide an honest critique is really going to move the business forward. After the food is reviewed, the show’s production team will create a reason for a bake off between the employees. This is less about getting a winner and more about allowing everyone on the show to have the spotlight a tad while providing a venue for launching some new products.

Directly prior to the launch, there will be a heart to heart talk over tea. This is a nice friendly conversation in which the owners are encouraged and review the lessons they learned while being on the show. After this, the bakery is revealed which usually has a completely new upscale interior with some work done on the exterior. The better design of the bakery is a major reason the shop is able to raise prices as well as the free advertising obtained from appearing on the show. This show also has one of the highest success rates for any of the “Takeover” style shows. As of the writing, we are unaware of any contestant which appeared on this show that later went on to close their establishment.

Save my Bakery Cancelled

Despite the success the contestants achieved after appearing on the show, the ratings simply weren’t there. The show premiered in 2014 and aired 10 episodes. The show is currently in a holding pattern. While we are unaware of an order to create any new episodes, Food Network is airing one episode per week both on the US and in UK. There is a possibility if it can gain the necessary audience that a revised version be launched.

Save my Bakery Updates and Tips

We haven’t received any updates from the contestants who appeared on this show. If either applied for this show or appeared on it, we would love to hear from you to get any tips you have for people who aspire to be on the show.

Save My Bakery Casting

As of Spring 2015, the show is currently not creating season 2. We will update this page when or if the application process is opened in the future.

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Food Court Wars – Casting Guide

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  • Contestants: Two Teams per Episode
  • Top Prize: $100,000
  • Selectivity: 2 Star
This is a single episode reality show hosted by Tyler Florence that is a simpler version of Food Truck Faceoff. The show appeared on the Food Network with the reruns still airing. The basic premise of the show is that two team consisting of two contestants each launch a restaurant in a food court. The competition takes place over three days in which each team creates a menu, markets the launch and finally opens the doors. The team that generates the most revenue from sales wins a fully paid one year lease for their restaurant in the food court which the show claims if valued at $100,000.
The show was modestly popular in its 2013 and 2014 seasons averaging about 1 million views. The final and 20th episode of the show aired on May 29, 2014, and there has been no additional information about future casting.

Food Court Wars Cancellation

There have been some reports that the show was cancelled after its 2014 season. The show completed the 13 episode production run and received respectable number of viewers. We haven’t received official word that the show is cancelled so it’s possible the production schedule was delayed to make this a summer series rather one that is more competitive in the January time frame. Additionally, the show continues to have an active website on Food Network’s page.

Food Court Wars Show Overview & Strategy

The overall competition is based solely on generating the most revenue from operating the restaurant on the final day of the competition. The show offers a prize worth roughly $100,000 from the lease plus the advertising they received from being on the show which is roughly another $30,000+ depending on the market. Overall, this is incredibly high prize value for beating out one other team. For comparison, the winner of Chopped or Cupcake Wars much each defeat 3 other bakers to simply win a $10,000 prize. Food Court Wars prize is more than 10x those payouts. From a production standpoint, the show gets a huge benefit in that the mall gets a bump in traffic from the food court wars creating a very robust symbiotic relationship.

Due to the rules around the show, there are some special strategies that we’d recommend. These are certainly not the optimal methods for running a long-term business, but in the short-term to simply generate total income these will provide and advantage over a team who chooses just to play it straight.

  1. Create Simple & Fast Food – The winner of the show will need to sell more than 700 servings. The quality of the food is less important than being able to serve everyone. If a team is too slow, they risk losing a lot of their customers.

  2. Bring Friends & Family – As the contestants compete in their home town, there’s a real opportunity to pack the line with followers of your existing business.

  3. Sell Multiple Items Per Customer – While it may be difficult to get more than 100 people to visit your shop during the few hour window that it’s open, it is completely within the rules to sell multiple items per customer. This means if you have the people you bring in all order three or four of the exact same dish, you can more than triple the earnings which gaining time making three dishes at once.

  4. Don’t Offer Food Options – This is really a numbers game. You will be far better off creating an item like Fried Chicken or Donuts rather than something that needs to be personalized for each guest.

  5. Use Social Media – Ensure that you announce to all your twitter, instagram and facebook followers that you will be setting up a shop. They can really pack the lines to ensure there is no downtime.

  6. Have a Closing Strategy – The show appears to allows everyone who has placed an order when the time is closed to be served. When you are getting ready for time to be called, you should take these steps. Have all three members of the team begin taking orders and collecting money. The time may run out with a deficit of 100 orders, but they will still count even if the food is delivered later. Also, have a closer who clears out the inventory. Essentially have a close friend of family member place a $300 order for 60 assorted items right before time is called.


Reality Show Casting Process

The show is produced by Gordon Ramsay’s One Potato Two Potato company. Each competitor is required to complete this 15 page application form The form will take most people between 2-3 hours to complete so this is best something done over the course of an afternoon. Additionally, we recommend saving a copy of the file on your own computer so you can easily pull the answers back if there’s a mistake while filling out the whole form. The show has these requirements of the contestants: ies to all applicants:

  • Must be at least 18 years if age at the time of the application submission.

  • Must be a legal U.S. citizen or permanent legal U.S. resident.

  • Must be in excellent physical and mental health.

  • Must be able to exclusively work on the Program for at least 5 days, plus any necessary travel days, with no other commitments.

  • Must be within one-hour’s driving distance to the designated prize location. However, if willing to relocate to accommodate the prize location, must be able to provide a relocation plan.

  • The Team must be able to provide a short business plan.

  • The Team, as a whole, must possess the managerial skills and the culinary skills to run a restaurant.

  • At no time during the casting process are applicants allowed to contact any mall in the designated city. All inquiries must mandatorily go through the casting company without exception.


Finally, if you applied to be on this show, we’d love to hear your story whether or not you were selected to appear on air. Feel free to click the link below to share your story with us and our readers. Also, anyone who won this show is especially suggested to contact us as we would happily do a feature article on your story with an update for all our readers.

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Cupcake Wars – Casting Guide

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  • Contestants: Four Per Episode
  • Top Prize: $10,000
  • Selectivity: 2 Star
Cupcake wars is one of the best reality cooking shows. The show has a maximum prize of $10,000, but the real key is the exposure and marketing that the bakery gets for appearing on the show. Even if someone goes out in the first round, they will be able to advertise they were selected to appear on the show. By making it to the second round, the contestant can advertise they were in the “Top 3”, “Cupcake Wars Finalist” or “Cupcake Wars Winner”. Ultimately, appearing on this show is worth thousands of dollars in growing a business, and it will really allow the participants’ businesses to standout in the local market.

Show Details

The show is divided into three rounds which are judge by Florian Bellanger, Candace Nelson, and a guest judge that will change each episode. The first round will be a taste test in which the contestants will be provided ingredients which don’t normally go into cupcake. This could include raw seafood, green vegetables, meat or savory food. This really forces the contestant to think on their feet as they can’t simply come in with a predetermined recipes. After this round, the team which creates the worst cupcake is eliminated.

The second round requires each team to make three cupcakes which are judged equally on taste and appearance. There are no restrictions for ingredients in this round so it’s the best strategy is to come in with recipes set for 5-6 different cakes to cover different flavor profiles. The other half of this is decoration which is greatly undervalued by many teams. Before appearing on the show, at least one of the people on the team should be comfortable with fondant sculpting and molded chocolate. Even if this isn’t something that is done in your local shop, this is one of the main skills to win the show. Once again after this round another team is eliminated leaving two teams.

The third and final rounds pushes the bakers from someone who creates the treats to someone who is leading a small army. While the first rounds were based on making remarkable items, the final round gives only a couple of hours to create 1000 cupcakes. To put the task in perspective, each team has a head baker, an assistant, and four production workers who each have to create an average of 167 cupcakes in 3 hours meaning. The effectively works out to about 1 minute of labor for the entire cupcake. Additionally, each team is responsible for creating a stand for the cupcakes.

Show Tips

This is one of the most popular shows on our site, and we’ve gotten a lot of feedback for tips that we want to pass along to our readers when you make the show.
  1. In round 1, always avoid fish, onions, and hot dogs. You want to use one of the more memorable ingredients, but don’t pick the one with the strongest flavor on the table.

  2. In round 1, don’t play it entirely safe. There is almost always an option to choose two or three fruits that will fit a normal cupcake. This is a trap. The judges will grade more harshly expecting an amazing flavor, and there’s an incredibly high chance you’ll be going home.

  3. In round 1, use the minimum number of ingredients. In later seasons, many contestants try to prove their chops by throwing in more ingredients than necessary. You do not show off by adding more than the normal number, you are instead diluting the overall flavors.

  4. In round 1, decorate your cupcake. Having a nice appearing cupcake will greatly improve your chances should you make it to the final. Additionally, when a nicely decorated item is submitted in the first round, it very rarely gets eliminated.

  5. In between the first two round work with your assistant on your stand design. I recommend keeping some paper and pens with you to rough sketch and talk through ideas during the judging. This will allow the idea to simmer while working through round two.

  6. For Round 2, ignore all ingredients from the first round. One contestant will get stuck in the ideas from round one and try to incorporate those flavors going forward. This is a complete mistake as all previous ingredients should be forgotten.

  7. Create one chocolate cake, one spice/flavor cake and one fruit cake. The daily theme should not impact the cakes and frosting you make as you should focus the branding with the decorations.

  8. Decorations should demonstrate multiple techniques. You always want a piped chocolate and some fondant pieces. Additionally, adding a candied item like nuts, bacon or pretzels really helps add a bit of texture. These items be worked out in advance of appearing on the show, and only the decorations need to change.

  9. For round 3, create a 360 degree stand that has shelves starting about waist level. You want the logo and brand of the event front and center, and it helps to have an interactive element with a smoke machine or video screen.

  10. For round 3, avoid sparklers or fire. Contestants who go this approach usually don’t win the show as the decoration becomes a fire hazard. Find other ways of making the stand vibrant.

  11. Also patronize the judge and agree with their recommendations. In your kitchen, you are the boss, but on set listen to them and make the cake to their tasting even if you feel they are completely wrong.

  12. Don’t make red velvet cake. This cake is done too often, and making it is a sure way of having the judges feel your cake fell short.



Casting Videos

As we know a lot of you out there are creating your casting videos, our editors wanted to include some of the best /video submissions.
The submission from Rise cupcake is one of the best we’ve seen as it hits all the elements. The head baker and assistant are very photogenic and memorable. They look to have fun while dancing and being silly around the store. They also have a very nice store meaning that if they win, the cupcake wars brand wouldn’t be embarrassed to be associated with them. Additionally, the images of the cupcakes also show a high level of decorating skill. Finally, by talking about her staff and the large orders the store has done, they demonstrate the ability to lead a team of people to be able to accomplish the 1000 cupcake for the final round.


Applicant Requirements

  • Must Over 18 Years Old
  • Must Be Eligible to Work in United States


Casting Calls – Date & Location
This show has completed casting for the 2014 season and is currently airing. We will be updating this page when the casting for the next season opens up.


Finally, if you applied to be on this show, we’d love to hear your story whether or not you were selected to appear on air. Feel free to click the link below to share your story with us and our readers.

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Shark Tank – Casting Guide

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Contestants: 3 per episode
Top Prize: $TBD
Selectivity: 3 Star


Shark Tank is an business based reality show which appears on ABC. The show is based off of the Canadian show Dragon’s Den, and the premise is that would be entrepreneurs pitch their business idea to potential investors.

Applicant Restrictions:
  • Must be 18+ Years Old
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must have an application Video
  • Must not be a felon

There are two methods of applying for Shark Tank. The first is to attend one of the casting calls for the show. The show had three open casting calls this year with last one being June 7, 2014 so the only option to appear is a video submission.

Open Casting Calls:
  • Columbus, OH — May 16, 2014, 2014
  • Denver, CO — May 30, 2014
  • San Diego, CA — June 7, 2014

To apply via video submission, you will need to complete a four page application process and submit a video detailing your business and explaining why you’d be a great contestant for the show. Once you have those, the Shark Tank Application Form can be found here.

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Hungry Investors – Casting Guide

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Contestants: 2 Businesses
Top Prize: $50,00
Selectivity: 3 Star


Hungry Investors is a very unique spin on the business takeover show. The premise of this show is that the three judges, John Taffer, Tiffany Derry, and John Besh, are willing to invest money in one of two restaurants that go head to head for the money. Because of the nature of the show, this works better for restaurants in larger markets. In some of the smaller cities, there simply may not be two comparable restaurants for the challenge.

Applicant Restrictions:
  • Own a Restaurant
  • Be Open to Changes in the business

The application process for this show is currently closed. We will update this page when the upcoming season begins casting.

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