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NBC Lines Up Judges for 'America's Next Great Restaurant'

by Sharon Knolle, posted Jun 10th 2010 4:40PM
Australian celebrity chief Curtis Stone will join Bobby Flay as judge and investor on 'America's Next Great Restaurant,' a new NBC reality series, in which contestants will pitch concepts for a new restaurant chain, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Stone has appeared on a number of cooking and dieting shows, including TLC's 'Take Home Chef,' and 'The Biggest Loser' and is a frequent guest on 'The Today Show.' He also competed on 'The Celebrity Apprentice' earlier this season.

Also just named to the judges' panel: Chipotle founder Steve Ells and executive chef Lorena Garcia. They'll decide which contestant's restaurant deserves their backing to become a chain in three U.S. cities.

The series comes from Emmy nominated duo Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, whose 'Top Chef' franchise airs on NBC partner network Bravo.

Look for 'American's Next Great Restaurant' sometime next season.

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Richard Ott

I think America's Next Great Restaurant should be
one that's built right here in Baltimore Maryland,
if the show performs well enough in the ratings, and
if Baltimore is one of the cities nominated for it.
With that said, if this show is in a decent timeslot
and night, I'll watch the show whenever it airs in
2011. After ESPN Zone's closing, we could use a new
type of restaurant here, downtown, courtisy of NBC.

June 10 2010 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy

Interesting that Bobby Flay is part this considering Food Network often treats their talent like personal property, but this is Bobby Flay.

June 10 2010 at 7:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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