It's one of the most popular shows on FOX. Last season the valley's own Monti Carlo made it to the top four contestants. This season, hopefully another Arizona chef will bring the title of Master Chef home.
The search is on for the next Master Chef. Gordon Ramsay's hit show has never had auditions in Arizona until Saturday at Le Cordon Bleu.
Before their dishes were tasted, the chef hopefuls waited out in the holding area. They were anxious to get into a room where they put their food on a plate and have it judged.
74-year-old Dick Swenberger hoped his talents were enough to secure a spot on the show.
"Cooking is a hobby, I started chili cooking 20 years ago, and I've been doing it for 20 years now. I finished a world championship, second place," says Swenberger.
The former IT tech has never tried out for a reality show before, but today he is hoping his New Mexico green chili will be enough to impress the judges.
"Why not. I want to live the rest of my life and have fun," he says.
He is going up against North Carolina father of three, Mario Swaringen.
"I had opened my own business, I tried to get it to be successful, but it wasn't doing too well so I decided to come out here," says Swaringen.
The car salesman wanted to land a spot so that he can further his career.
"It feels great. It's a nice opportunity."
After a brief introduction by former Master Chef contestant Monti Carlo, the amateur chefs made their way into three rooms where they showcased their food.
The judges then tasted and reviewed each dish.
Swaringen prepared a wild rice mahi mahi with mango salsa and a maple glaze.
"Good color, contrast and flavors."
The judges then selected nine people to take on their mystery box challenge, which involved preparing six eggs four different ways. It's a tough job – even for any seasoned chef.