Cooking Documentary Now Casting Arizona Culinary Institute Students


Planning to attend Arizona Culinary Institute? Producers are looking for students with an interesting story to tell…

If you are about to enter a culinary program, then we want to hear your story, for consideration to take part in a documentary series on a national cable television network. Producers are currently looking for new students of all ages and from all walks-of-life. Students would need to be willing to share their experiences, all background on their ‘story’ and how they found their way to Arizona Culinary Institute — all with a film crew throughout their first semester.

If you’re interested in being considered, please e-mail your name, age, phone number, a recent photo, and a description of your path to culinary school to:


Once a student has expressed interest in being considered for the series, we’ll move very quickly. We’ll set up a good time to interview the candidate via Skype (webcam-based, so that no travel is required and that we can work around their schedule). We can record that interview and piece it together with home videos and photographs (that we will request) into a package to be sent to the network for consideration. The interview will take about 20 minutes, and will cover basics like the candidate’s background, how they decided to pursue culinary arts, and what they hope to accomplish within the industry.


Punched in the Head is a New York City-based production company specializing in documentary-style television and specials. They are an Emmy-winning company, and have created 35 episodes of the series “True Life” for MTV, as well as projects for Bravo, CBS News, VH1, and commercial advertising.


Michael Petrella is a casting director with over 50 credits including Emmy-winning seasons of The Amazing Race and MTV’s Made. He has worked on a wide variety of projects — from live events, like a pair of Super Bowl Halftime Shows, to documentary-style entertainment, like Extreme Couponing, Project Runway, and The World of Jenks.

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