America’s Next Great Restaurant

7:30pm – Thursday, April 14 on TV 3

3’s brand new reality series America’s Next Great Restaurant will allow the winner to open a three-unit restaurant chain! America’s Next Great Restaurant premieres on Thursday, April 14th at 7:30pm on 3.

Curtis Stone, Steve Ells, Lorena Garcia and Bobby Flay will serve as the investors and judges on this brand new series featuring wannabe restaurateurs competing for the once in a lifetime opportunity of opening their own chain restaurant.

Steve Ells says that it was the addition of the investment element that puts America’s Next Great Restaurant ahead of other food-related competition shows.

“I think that’s part of the brilliance of the show,” he explains. “I think that, because we are investors, we have this vested interest in making sure that the person who wins really is going to be successful, as opposed to, you know, a reality show where there’s a prize and then that’s it.”

Aside from providing the initial capital to get the winner’s restaurant concept up and running, fellow investor and judge, Bobby Flay, says that it was the series’ ability to utilise his experience in the culinary industry that attracted him to America’s Next Great Restaurant.

“First of all, it’s a great way to mentor people who are looking to get into the restaurant business,” he says.

“You know, the restaurant business is one of those things that is intriguing to almost everyone. And I think that almost [every] single person has said at least one time in their life, ‘I have a great idea for a restaurant…’. And this was a perfect opportunity for anyone, no matter who you are, to come and pitch your ideas to four people that have had success in the restaurant business.”

Each week, America’s Next Great Restaurant will see the contestants’ passion, judgment and skills tested as they compete in business and cooking competitions related to opening a restaurant.

In the end, one contestant will be left standing and will have his or her concept brought to life, opening restaurants in Hollywood, Minneapolis and New York City, all with the help of the show’s four investors.

Make sure not to miss your first introduction to all 21 contestants and the four judges who could be making all their dreams come true when America’s Next Great Restaurant premieres on Thursday, April 14th at 7:30pm on 3.