Under The Grill

8:00pm – Tuesday, September 20 on TV 3

It all comes down to this. Celebrity chef, Sean Connolly had $4 million and just 100 days to turn a demolition site into Auckland’s top dining destination – has he achieved his goal? Find out in this week’s Under The Grill season finale, screening on Tuesday, September 20th at 8pm on 3.

In this week’s Under The Grill season finale, audiences will find out whether Connolly and his brand new staff can overcome all the obstacles they have experienced over the season and deliver Auckland’s newest top dining destination – The Grill By Sean Connolly.

Make sure not to miss the answer to this $4 million question when Under The Grill concludes its season on Tuesday, September 20th at 8pm on 3.

8:00pm – Tuesday, August 16 on TV 3

What do you get when you follow one award-winning chef, who is given $4 million and 100 days to create a world class restaurant from scratch? Great reality TV that’s what. Under The Grill premieres on Tuesday, August 16 th at 8pm on 3. 3’s brand new local series Under The Grill sees Australian celebrity chef Sean Connolly having just 100 days to open an award-winning and profitable restaurant in Auckland – a city he has barely visited. It needs to open in time to capitalise on the rush of 80,000 tourists to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup.

Sean has $4 million dollars and an area on the ground floor of the Sky City Grand Hotel. That’s it. The area is currently the Hotel lobby, there’s no kitchen and no dining room. He has to design and source everything, from the gas cookers to the cutlery and head chef to the dishwasher, everything has to be designed/bought/hired. Sean, Australia’s Chef of the Year and host of the Family Feast TV series in Australia, is staking his name on making the venture successful. The restaurant will be called “The Grill by Sean Connolly” and while he calls it a “steak and seafood” restaurant, this is one where the chips are cooked in duck fat and if you want to eat $1000 caviar, you can.

To make the challenge even more interesting, The Grill isn’t the only new attraction in the neighbourhood – it’s just one of three new hotspots being constructed to bring the best of New Zealand’s dining and bar venues together into a brand new entertainment precinct in Federal Street. Some of the biggest personalities in the hospitality scene will come together in this area – TV Chef Al Brown will be opening a new bistro called The Depot, and Luke Dallow is creating a bar called The Red Hummingbird – both just down the road from “The Grill”.

But will all this be possible in just 100 days? Find out when the brand new fly-on-the-wall documentary series, Under The Grill premieres on Tuesday, August 16 th at 8pm on 3.