The series will be called Best New Restaurant and premieres on Wednesday, January 21 (10 p.m ET). It will be modeled after executive producer Gordon Ramsay‘s U.K. show Ramsay’s Best Restaurant.
Colicchio will be joined by two advisors from the food world to help guide his decisions: Maggie Nemser, editor-in-chief of BlackboardEats.com and Jeffrey Zurofsky, co-founder of Colicchio’s ‘Wichcraft sandwich chain. The trio will visit 16 restaurants in New York City, Austin, Miami and Los Angeles “to determine who gives the best overall dining experience,” Colicchio explains in the video below.
Among the competitors are The Little Sparrow in Los Angeles (Colicchio is pictured above with the restaurant’s chef Eric Samaniego), The Pines in Brooklyn, Barlata Tapas Bar in Austin and Buns & Buns in Miami.
The challenges begin with the restaurants divided into eight competing pairs, each with a common theme such as “battle of the burger” or “shared plates.” A source at Bravo shared the basic outline for the show:
The winning restaurant will receive the chance to be featured in Bon Appetit as well as a $100,000 prize. For a taste of what’s to come, check out the trailer below for what looks like a gripping, fast-paced show. As Colicchio says to one restaurant team: “We’ll provide the chaos, you provide the control.”
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