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OTRC: ABC cooking show with Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson announces auditions

Nigella Lawson appears in an undated photo from her official Twitter account. / Anthony Bourdain appears in a still from 'Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.' (Twitter.com/Nigella_Lawson / Travel Channel)

A new ABC cooking show featuring Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson has announced auditions in three major cities.

The cooking competition series, with the working title "ABC Cooking Show," seeks to cast cooks from all walks of life and varying degrees of training in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.

"Whether you are a restaurateur, executive chef, sous chef, line cook, culinary student or home cook, you are encouraged to apply!" read a press release for the reality series.

The open call casting requires hopefuls to bring one prepared dish to be served to the food judges, after pre-registering online on the show's website.

"We are looking for professional chefs, home cooks, and foodies from all walks of life," reads a statement on the website. "You'll get to sharpen your skills with the help of the world's most renowned culinary experts."

Lawson is an English journalist and food writer who has written eight best-selling cookbooks including "Nigella Bites" and "How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking." She has also appeared on several of her own cooking shows, including "Nigella Kitchen," "Nigella Express," "Nigella Feasts," "Nigella" and "Nigella Bites."

Bourdain, who is known as the cooking world's "bad boy," recently left his seven year stint on the Travel Channel series "No Reservations" and recently signed a deal to do a travel show for CNN. Bourdain will begin working with CNN in the fall for his series which is slated to debut in early 2013.

Bourdain made headlines last year after calling Food Network star Paula Deen "the worst, most dangerous person in America" for teaching Americans to cook unhealthy, butter-laden dishes and aligning herself with "evil corporations."

The star of "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" also sounded off on several other celebrity chefs including Guy Fieri ("I look at Guy Fieri and I just think, 'Jesus, I'm glad that's not me'"), Rachael Ray ("Does she even cook anymore? I don't know why she bothers") and Sandra Lee ("I hate her works on this planet").

Fortunately, Bourdain does not feel the same disdain for Lawson, who he considers a friend.

"I will be hosting a competitive reality series for ABC. I'm particularly looking forward to working with Nigella - who's a friend from way back," Bourdain told Eater.com.

Watch a promotional video for "ABC Cooking Show" below.

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