Curious as to whether Keegan Gerhard, our hometown sugar star and owner-pastry chef of D Bar Desserts, 1475 East 17th Avenue, would be part of the cake squad, I got in touch with him late yesterday. "Bravo approached me to host the show about three weeks ago, but I don't have an agent and apparently I need an agent, and right now, I have no plans to get an agent," Gerhard told me.
And that, said Gerhard, who already hosts the top-rated Food Network Challenge, is just the half of it. "Honestly, it's a really big decision to switch networks, but beyond that, I'm not looking for that kind of work. I already get enough shit from people who say that I'm not at D Bar enough, and even though I don't agree with that, I want to spend as much time here as I can," he told me.
Then again, if he were approached to cook, he might consider it. "I don't know, man," Gerhard said. "Maybe a TV show where I can cook, but I know I don't want to host."
If you're interested in going head-to-head with other pastry chefs on Top Chef: Just Desserts, applications can be downloaded from www.BravoTV.com/casting, and open calls are currently being held in cities (not Denver) across the country:
WASHINGTON D.C. Wednesday, November 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Occidental Grill & Seafood at Willard InterContinental Hotel
BOSTON Wednesday, November 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Westin Boston Waterfront
ATLANTA Sunday, November 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Craft Restaurant
NEW YORK Sunday, November 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CraftSteak
DALLAS Wednesday, November 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Abacus www.kentrathbun.com
LAS VEGAS Wednesday, November 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Craftsteak
LOS ANGELES Sunday, November 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Craft Restaurant
PORTLAND Sunday, November 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Benson Hotel