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June 8, 2017
Watson’s Soda Fountain & Cafe of Orange will be making its big appearance on the television show Food Paradise, aired on the Travel Channel. Watson’s has a rich history in addition to serving many enjoyable, homey style foods. Originally, Watson’s was known as a drug store, first opened in 1899 at a previous location, then moved to its current location on Chapman Avenue. During the early years of the business, Watson’s Drug also sold sodas and ice cream, however these were prohibited from being sold on Sundays. This in turn gave way to the ice cream sundae, where they sold ice cream with syrup instead of soda water. As years have passed, the menu has evolved and the drug business diminished, but the same comfort foods have stayed on Watson’s restaurant menu. The current chef, Araceli Gutierrez, has embraced the heritage of the location while also striving to keep the restaurant current.
Another interesting tidbit of information is that the inside and outside of Watson’s has been used as a set for movies. Tom Hank’s “That Thing You Do” and “The Bench Warmers.” In addition to this, even President George W. Bush has stopped by to appreciate Watson’s tasty malts!
Watson’s will be featured on Food Paradise in an episode called “Keepin It Retro” on Sunday, June 18th.
To explore Watson’s website, visit watsonscafe.com
May 30, 2017
Don’t throw out those food scraps and don’t change the channel. Joel Gamoran, a 2008 alumnus of The Culinary Institute of America, is host and executive producer of a new cooking show on the FYI cable network. Scraps debuted on Sunday, May 21.
The series features Chef Gamoran traveling around the United States and working with chefs and restaurateurs to create pop-up dinners from rescued or leftover food. The third episode is based near the CIA’s New York campus in the Hudson Valley. The show is produced by Katie Couric Media for FYI.
“Food waste is such a huge problem in this country and more and more people want to do something about it,” Couric recently told Variety in announcing the new series. “I’m so excited for Chef Joel Gamoran to introduce viewers to wonderful places and delicious recipes using ingredients we never imagined could taste so good. Joel’s energy and enthusiasm are infectious.”
Top Chef Season 14
Bravo Media reveals the eight returning chefs back for redemption on the new season of the “Top Chef” airing Thursday, December 1 with a supersized premiere from 10:00 – 11:15pm ET/PT. It’s the ultimate challenge of old blood versus new, on the Emmy and James Beard Award winning series, as the chefs head to Charleston to battle it out alongside eight talented “Top Chef” newcomers. For a sneak peek of the season, visit: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-14/videos/your-first-look-at-top-chef-season-14
- Sam Talbot (Season 2: Los Angeles) Brooklyn, NY
- Casey Thompson (Season 3: Miami & Season 8: All-Stars) Napa Valley, CA
- Amanda Baumgarten (Season 7: Washington, D.C.) Chicago, IL
- Brooke Williamson (Season 10: Seattle) Los Angeles, CA
- Sheldon Simeon (Season 10: Seattle) Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
- John Tesar (Season 10: Seattle) Dallas, TX
- Shirley Chung (Season 11: New Orleans) Orange County, CA
- Katsuji Tanabe (Season 12: Boston) Los Angeles, CA
*For more information on all 16 cheftestants, please visit Bravotv.com/top-chef.
Directly following the second episode on Thursday, December 8 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, BravoTV.com will kick off the sixth season of the Emmy Award-winning, groundbreaking digital video series, “Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen,” sponsored by Hidden Valley® and hosted by Tom Colicchio. Each week, the eliminated cheftestants face-off head-to-head in a pressure-filled battle to compete for the ultimate prize – redemption and a spot back in the “Top Chef” finale.
Season 14 heads to Charleston, recently named the number one city overall in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards,* with host Padma Lakshmi, Head Judge Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and “Top Chef Masters” alum, Graham Elliot. Fans and foodies alike can join in the #TopChef social conversation by following @bravotopchef on Twitter and Instagram, and by liking the Top Chef Facebook page. “Top Chef” can be seen on desktop, mobile and tablet at BravoTV.com, m.BravoTV.com, on BravoNow iPhone and iPad apps, as well as iTunes, Amazon, VOD and Hulu.
Fans can create their own “Top Chef” experience at home with Top Chef Cutlery, the officially licensed knives that deliver high-quality German stainless steel blades for precision cutting. With Top Chef Cutlery, viewers can tackle their own at-home Quickfires and bring innovation, ease and style to their kitchen.
The series is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Magical Elves with Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Doneen Arquines and Casey Kriley serving as executive producers.
Amar Santana of Broadway by Amar Santana and Vaca can be seen on the Top Chef Season 13 debut on Bravo.
April 16, 2015
Restaurant Start Up
This fall, Restaurant Startup returns with more deals and more heat.
Restaurant moguls JOE BASTIANICH and TIM LOVE vie against each other to invest their own money in concepts they think can make big profits. Antonia LoFaso serves as their culinary consultant.
February 3, 2015
Best New Restaurant
BravoTV’s new series Best New Restaurant premiered January 21st at 7:00 pm (PST). Little Sparrow has put a projector and screen in the bar. Come on down and join them Wednesday evenings for a cocktail or dinner as they watch the series unfold.
The episode that Little Sparrow will be featured on is February 25th.
PS. Wednesday is also Wine Wednesday at Little Sparrow – 1/2 off all full bottles of wine.
November 25, 2014
SECOND SEASON OF CNBC’S ‘RESTAURANT STARTUP’ PREMIERES TUESDAY, JANUARY 13 AT 10PM ET/PT
Investors Joe Bastianich and Tim Love Return for All-New Episodes
Chef, Restaurateur and TV Personality, Antonia Lofaso, Joins as Culinary Consultant
CNBC announced today that season two of the popular primetime series “Restaurant Startup” will premiere on Tuesday, January 13 at 10PM ET/PT. Produced by Shine America, the ten original one-hour episodes will feature restaurateurs, Joe Bastianich and Tim Love, who vie to invest their own money in restaurant concepts they believe could make them millions. Joining them this season is chef, restaurateur and TV personality, Antonia Lofaso, who will help guide the hungry entrepreneurs as they are put to the ultimate test: opening a restaurant!
Each week on “Restaurant Startup,” two teams, selected from hundreds of applicants, are invited to pitch their food ideas to the investors, Bastianich and Love. But, only one will receive the opportunity of a lifetime. The chosen team is given the keys to a working restaurant on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. They get 36 hours and $7,500 to put their dream to the test and create a business plan; come up with a branding campaign; and finally, launch their pop-up restaurant. Under the watchful eye of Bastianich and Love’s culinary consultant Antonia Lofaso, the aspiring food moguls open their doors, serve their food and test their concept on the public.
Based on the reaction from the diners, the quality of the branding and the viability of the business plan, Bastianich and Love must each decide whether or not they will put their own money on the line to make someone’s dreams come true – and, hopefully, make big money for themselves.
New addition Antonia Lofaso is one of America’s most popular chefs, perhaps best known for her role in the Top Chef franchise. And, as executive chef and owner of two restaurants in California, Scopa Italian Roots and Black Market Liquor Bar, she not only has the culinary expertise but also the business expertise to help guide these contestants through the process.
Joe Bastianich, restaurateur and TV personality, is behind some of the most internationally recognized dining destinations, including New York’s Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca and Del Posto; Las Vegas’ B&B Ristorante and Carnevino; Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles and Singapore, as well as the famed Italian marketplace Eataly now in New York and Chicago. His memoir Restaurant Man became a New York Times Bestseller in the first week of its release.
Texas restaurateur Tim Love is known as much for his savvy business acumen as he is for his signature urban western cuisine. As chef and owner of five acclaimed concepts, Tim is a culinary trailblazer, embracing bold flavors and wild game while pioneering the innovative use of wood to add flavor. Tim is the Official Chef at Austin City Limits Music Festival and featured at events around the world including the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and Lollapalooza in Brazil and Chicago. He is a co-founder of Austin FOOD & WINE, where he leads the world’s largest hands-on grilling demo every year
To learn more about “Restaurant Startup,” visit: http://www.cnbcprime.com/restaurant-startup/.
“Restaurant Startup” is produced for CNBC by Shine America and JB Crushed, LLC with James Bruce, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Robin Feinberg and Joe Bastianich as executive producers. Jim Ackerman and Luke Bauer are the executive producers for CNBC.
August 13, 2014
Food Forward TV, a new 13-episode, half-hour PBS series about the innovators and pioneers who are transforming the way we eat and grow our food, premieres on PBS beginning September 2014 (check local listings). Meet the “food rebels” — farmers, chefs, teachers, scientists, fishermen and ranchers — in more than 50 communities across the country as they explore new ways to help meet America’s growing food challenges. Blending personal storytelling with humor and top-notch journalism, Food Forward TV features beautiful cinematography, clever animation, cooking segments and original music videos, and offers a unique, entertaining and positive perspective on the choices we make everyday.
How did something as fundamental as food go so fundamentally wrong? Instead of nourishing us, too much of what we consume is produced in such a way that it threatens the air we breathe, the water we drink and the dirt under our feet. Food Forward TV opens the door into a new world, where pioneers and visionaries are creating viable alternatives to the social and environmental impacts of our industrial food system. Across the country, farmers, chefs, fishermen, teachers, scientists, and entrepreneurs are creating inspired but practical solutions that nourish both us and the planet. From tuna fisherman in Oregon to lunch ladies in Detroit with a whole different attitude to organic cattlemen in Georgia,Food Forward TV takes us on a tasty journey across the landscape of a new America.
Nominated for the James Beard Award, the pilot for Food Forward TV, “Urban Agriculture Across America,” premiered on PBS in 2012. Food Forward TV is presented by Chipotle, Applegate, Clif Bar, Lundberg Family Farms and Annie’s, Inc.
Food Forward TV will be available for streaming online at pbs.org/foodforward as of September 1 and on DVD through PBS.
July 9, 2014
Esquire Network’s hit original series KNIFE FIGHT returns with 11 new episodes airing Tuesdays at 10/9c. Back to create more culinary anarchy, Top Chef season two winner and KNIFE FIGHT host Ilan Hall leads more underground cooking competitions, featuring some of America’s biggest chefs, crazy ingredients, few rules and even fewer prizes. The results? Pure cooking, straight respect and major bragging rights. In each half-hour episode of KNIFE FIGHT, two chefs face off in Hall’s downtown LA restaurant to make at least two dishes in one hour from a selection of mystery ingredients (some still breathing). In these anything-goes bouts, chefs vie for one-upmanship in front of a loud heckling crowd and judges that include respected chefs, food professionals and Ilan, himself. This round of KNIFE FIGHT face-offs include some of the culinary world’s biggest names, including James Beard Award winners, Michelin star owners, Top Chef contestants and Food & Wine ‘Best New Chefs’ (NOTE: air order TBD): Northwest meets Midwest when Adam Sappington of Portland’s Country Cat faces Michael Smith of Michael Smith’s Kansas City Restaurant. Sappington’s butcher skills come in handy as the chefs pull out all the stops to conquer a forequarter of beef. KNIFE FIGHT champ and LA’s Peruvian powerhouse, Ricardo Zarate, takes on Ray Garcia of Santa Monica’s Fig in a duel to keep his champion knife – by conquering a big ass octopus. It’s a whirlwind war for control of the Northwest when Seattle’s Jason Wilson of Crush throws down against Greg Denton of Portland’s Ox Restaurant. The chefs work to dazzle the judges with chicken gizzards, juniper berries and mystery ingredient, eel. It’s a tussle for Tennessee when Kelly English of Nashville’s Restaurant Iris goes head-to-head with Tandy Wilson of City House in Memphis. One competitor will give up the goose … and lose a little facial hair before the night is through. In a clash of Californian female culinary crusaders, Mary Sue Milliken of LA’s Border Grill empire challenges long-time pal, San Francisco’s Traci Des Jardins of Jardinère in a battle with skate. Friendship is put to the test and the rivalry heightened when the chefs discover they are cooking for former Top Chef rival, KNIFE FIGHT judge Naomi Pomeroy. Rising star chefs of the California coast rumble as Jason Paulska of The Lark in Santa Barbara faces Kyle Itani of Oakland’s hip Hopscotch in a battle with live halibut. It’s competition with diversity as Jason’s bold farm-to-table taste is paired with Kyle’s smooth Japanese American flavors. With the deep fryer out of commission, these two fish might flop right of the table. It’s a battle for San Francisco as James Beard Award-winner and cooking competition veteran Charles Phan of the Slanted Door takes on Rising Star chef Anthony Strong of Locanda Osteria in a flying fish cookoff. The Midwest meets the Big Apple as St. Louis chef Kevin Nashan of Sydney Street Café tests his chops against NYC chef Harold Moore of Commerce. Butchering a whole spring lamb proves difficult for one of our chefs. It’s all fun and games until someone almost loses a finger. Who will be proclaimed the king of Mexican cuisine as Gilberto Cetina Jr. tests his skills against LA Magazine’s East LA Emperor: Chef of the Year, Ricardo Diaz? They face off with calf liver as their mystery ingredient Ricardo Zarate’s right hand man and former Top Chef contestant, Brian Huskey, battles against Michael Voltaggio’s protégé, Mei Lin of INK. The chefs are challenged to make their masters proud as they work with Silke Chicken. With these two young guns working frantically to prove themselves, something in the kitchen is bound catch on fire. In a battle of Colorado’s best chefs, Steve Redzikowski of Denver’s Oak at Fourteenth takes on the queen of seasonal American cuisine, Kelly Liken of the eponymous Aspen restaurant, in a battle with live spot prawns
June 4, 2014
Bravo Media turns up the heat in a new culinary competition series “Top Chef Duels”premiering Wednesday, August 6 at 10 PM ET/PT as the network brings back the best culinary talent ever seen on “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters” for a gastronomic battle royale of epic proportions. Hosted by celebrity chef Curtis Stone, the newest iteration of the Emmy Award-winning franchise pits eighteen of the biggest, boldest and most talked-about personalities from past seasons against one another in high-stakes cooking challenges designed to test their passion and imagination in the kitchen. In addition to his role as host, Curtis Stone will also anchor the judges’ table with Gail Simmons, while chefs Wolfgang Puck and Hugh Acheson along with other special guests will round out the judging panel throughout the series. For a sneak peek, go to: www.bravotv.com/top-chef-duels/season-1/videos/this-season-on-top-chef-duels
June 3, 2014
CNBC today announced that “Restaurant Startup,” the newest addition to its primetime reality lineup, will premiere on Tuesday, July 8th at 10pm ET/PT. Produced by Shine America, the eight one-hour episodes feature restaurateur and TV personality Joe Bastianich and chef and restaurant operator Tim Love who vie to invest their own money in restaurant concepts they believe could make them millions.Each week, two teams selected from hundreds of applicants are invited to pitch their food ideas to our investors. Under high-pressure questioning, each team tries to convince Bastianich and Love that theirs is a concept worth backing. But, only one team moves forward.The chosen team is given the keys to a working restaurant on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. They get 36 hours and $7,500 to put their dream to the test and launch a pop-up restaurant; come up with a branding campaign; and write a business plan. Under the watchful eye of Bastianich and Love’s culinary consultant Waylynn Lucas, the aspiring food moguls open their doors, serve their food and test their concept on the public.Based on the reaction from the diners, the quality of the branding and the viability of the business plan, Bastianich and Love decide whether or not they will put their own money on the line to make someone’s dreams come true; and hopefully, make big money for themselves.
May 29, 2014
West 3rd Streets latest Los Angeles eatery, ToC, a French-style bakery and cafe brought to you by Food Network Star, Penny Davidi, who is also the Executive Chef of Lisa Vanderpump’s latest West Hollywood hot spot, PUMP!
The name of the restaurant, ToC, is short for Tartine o Chocolat, and the menu features various breakfast and lunch dishes that range from crepes, pastries, and salads, to soups, sandwiches, and pastas. The country inspired Parisienne bistro utilizes repurposed materials as part of it’s quaint interior such as reclaimed woods, communal benches, steel features, wax finishes, and more, designed by Garry “Ventura” Reynolds of ASE Design and Events. The restaurant also offers catering services, and pastry classes will be coming soon as well!
May 28, 2014
The Tamarindo Truck, an Orange County Food Truck, will be featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on Friday, May 30th on the Food Network.
May 16, 2014
Thirteen former chef’testants of Bravo’s Emmy Award-winning series “Top Chef” will set sail on four exclusive Celebrity Cruises vacations beginning in July 2014 as part of the “Top Chef at Sea” experience. The Celebrity Cruises and Bravo partnership gives fans the opportunity to vacation with their favorite “Top Chef” alums and experience their dishes, including complimentary cooking demonstrations, interactive Quickfire Challenges and other activities. For a more exclusive experience, guests can choose to enjoy private cooking classes and events hosted by the chef’testants. On July 27, guests can set sail onboard Celebrity Summit to the charming and colorful island of Bermuda for seven nights with three culinary experts:
Spike Mendelsohn: Top Chef Chicago and Top Chef All-Stars contestant; Co-owner and Chef at Béarnaise, We, The Pizza and Good Stuff Eatery in Washington, D.C.
Ash Fulk: Top Chef Las Vegas contestant; Chef de Cuisine at Hill Country Barbecue Market in Brooklyn
Angelo Sosa: Top Chef D.C. and Top Chef All-Stars contestant; Chef and Owner of Añejo in NYC and Poppy Den in Las Vegas
Those looking to experience a luxurious outdoor adventure can vacation onboard Celebrity Solstice, beginning August 15, for a seven-night journey to Alaska with four of their favorite chef’testants:
Paul Qui: Top Chef Texas winner; Chef/Owner of Qui and East Side King in Austin
Tiffani Faison: Top Chef Season 1 runner-up and Top Chef All-Stars contestant; Chef/Owner of Sweet Cheeks Q in Boston
Brooke Williamson: Top Chef Seattle runner-up; Co-Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Hudson House, The Tripel and Playa Provisions in California
Nina Compton: Top Chef New Orleans runner-up and Fan Favorite winner; Chef de Cuisine for Scarpetta Miami at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel
On September 19, vacationers can set their sights on the most romantic cities in Europe on the ‘France & Iberian Discovery Cruise.’ Guests can wine and dine in modern luxury style for 12 nights on board Celebrity Infinity with chefs including:
Chris Crary: Top Chef Texas contestant and Fan Favorite winner
Kristen Kish: Top Chef Seattle winner
*Additional chef to be added.
April 30, 2014
Bravo Media announced today in partnership with the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau that the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning culinary competition series “Top Chef” will travel to Boston, MA for the series’ twelfth season. Chef’testants will battle it out knife-to-knife in the “Birthplace of the American Revolution” to see if they have what it takes to earn the title and culinary bragging rights.
Host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judge Gail Simmons return for Season 12, which begins production this Spring. The series will also feature guest judges including Boston-based chefs and celebrities, as well as top entertainers and culinary stars throughout the season. “Top Chef” Season 12 is set to premiere this Fall on Bravo.
April 22, 2014
Pastry chefs Meg Galus of NoMI Restaurant at Park Hyatt Chicago in Chicago and Jim Hutchison of Winvian Relais & Chateaux in Morris, Conn., tied for first place in Season Three of the Emmy-award-winning Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition (CRPC). The fourth and final episode of Season Three was released Monday, April 21 at midnight CST and can be viewed at http://jmpurepastry.com/VIDEO.html.
Galus and Hutchison’s competitors were pastry chef Sean Pera of The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary, N.C., and pastry chef Michaela Hapak of Splendido Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario.
The final episode features:
Scenes from a gelato garden party at The Chicago School of Mold Making
A final look at the chef finalists putting finishing touches on their Signature Desserts
The competition closing at Grace restaurant in Chicago with:
A interview discussing the importance of the CRPC with Curtis Duffy, chef and owner of Grace
Preparation of sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres by Chef Curtis Duffy’s team from Grace
Pastry industry VIPs enjoying cocktails and bites to the music beats by DJ Kwest_on from Freedom Dance Party Chicago
The winner announcement by the CRPC creator and executive producer, Chef Jimmy MacMillan
This year’s celebrity judges were superlative Pastry Chef Antonio Bachour from St. Regis Bal Harbour in Miami, Curtis Duffy from acclaimed restaurant Grace in Chicago, and avant garde globe-trotter Will Goldfarb representing Ku De Ta in Bali.
The CRPC is a weekend-long event featuring three pastry challenges that was filmed live in September 2013 at The Chicago School of Mold Making’s creative center in Oak Park, Ill. Dubbed CRPC3 “International,” this season is the first year the competition was open to chefs from around the world.
Season Three of the CRPC is made possible with the support of more than 10 sponsors including: Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, a manufacturer of the finest vanilla products and flavor extracts; Waring Commercial, a manufacturer of professional-quality appliances for the home, foodservice and laboratory industries; Steelite International, a manufacturer and supplier of tabletop ranges for the international hospitality industry; Wholesome Sweeteners, a leading provider of sustainable, environmentally and ethically responsible, great tasting sweeteners; PreGel AMERICA, a specialty dessert ingredients company; Midwest Foods, a specialty produce food distribution company; Will Powder, a producer of technical food ingredients; Frigomat, a company that manufactures ice cream machines; deZaan Gourmet, a producer of premium chocolate, cocoa powders, cocoa butter, chocolate batons, pralines; and Clifton Larsen Allen, a professional services and accountancy firm; and more.
April 18, 2014
CNN To Highlight “Motel Kids” Benefactor In Worldwide Update(Bruno Serato & Caterina’s Club Featured on CNN April 18-21)
An international audience will have their attention focused on one OC philanthropist who has been feeding the county’s poor children every night for 9 years. CNN, which bestowed its Heroes Award to Bruno Serato in 2011, will feature an update on his work in feeding OC’s growing hunger problem especially prevalent among its “motel” children, so named because their poor, working class parents are relegated to living in cheap, crime-filled motels. What started out as 2,100 meals each week has grown to 5,000 and he now served kids in Anaheim, Garden Grove, Buena Park and Stanton. In addition, he is now finding housing for many of those families.
CNN’s update on Serato will appear on both that network and its sister HLN on the following days and times (all times are Eastern Standard Time):
CNN: 8a, 11a, 3p, 9p
HLN: 6a, 7a, 3p, 4p, 8p
CNN: 10a, 3p, 5p
CNN en Español: 7p
Among Serato’s many accolades was recently being recognized on the Vatican’s own television network for the extraordinary lengths he took to keep the program growing despite personal sacrifice. i.e., he mortgaged his home to keep the program running. Also, he was also knighted by the Italian government, received a humanitarian award on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, honored by the Good News Foundation, received any number of proclamations, Man of the Year awards and other forms of recognition.
For more information, visit www.thecaterinasclub.org or call (714) 408-5762.
April 8, 2014
On the heels of its best quarter among P25-54 in more than a decade (M-F 8P-2A), CNBC today announced an extended order of episodes for season two of THE PROFIT. CNBC, the fastest-growing cable network among P25-54 in weekday prime, also revealed that the network has greenlit two new series joining the primetime line-up this summer: RESTAURANT KICKSTART (July) with restaurateur Joe Bastianich, and celebrity chef, Tim Love; and FILTHY RICH GUIDE (August). In addition, CNBC revealed three series in development: RESTAURANT CONFIDENTIAL: NEW YORK (working title), HARD MONEY (working title) and MORE MONEY MORE PROBLEMS (working title). The announcements were made today by Jim Ackerman, SVP, Primetime Alternative, CNBC.
THE PROFIT, airing Tuesdays at 10PM ET/PT, follows serial entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis who saves struggling businesses while investing his own cash in the process. Last Tuesday’s episode (4/1/14) of THE PROFIT was the most-watched original series telecast ever for the network among P25-54 and total viewers. Among P25-54, season two of THE PROFIT is up +115% from last year’s first season. CNBC added eight additional episodes to season two for a total of 16 one-hour episodes. The additional episodes, which have yet to be shot, will air in October. THE PROFIT is produced by Machete Productions with Amber Mazzola as executive producer.
The network also greenlit two new primetime series for its summer line-up: Premiering in July, RESTAURANT KICKSTART, from Shine America and Joe Bastianich, stars the restaurateur, wine expert and TV personality Bastianich and celebrity chef, Tim Love, two A-type personalities vying against each other to invest their own money in food concepts they believe will make them millions. FILTHY RICH GUIDE, from Leopard USA, part of the Argonon group, is a fun, fast-paced guide that catalogues the ways in which the .001 percent spend their money. FILTHY RICH GUIDE premieres in August.
March 27, 2014
Back for a triumphant second season, gritty cooking competition show KNIFE FIGHT debuts on Tuesday, April 15 at 9P E/P on the Esquire Network, with more anything-goes, after-hours chef bouts at host Ilan Hall’s restaurant in downtown LA, The Gorbals, including impromptu bets that raise the stakes and crazy ingredients (a few live ones).
This season, renowned chefs from San Francisco and Seattle to New York and New Orleans and cities in-between, eagerly signed up to battle in Hall’s kitchen and go chef-to-chef against their peers. Contenders include such esteemed chefs as Sue Zemanick, Tim Love, Traci des Jardins, Chris Shepherd, Kevin Gillespie, Mark Peel, Kelly Liken, and Charles Phan.
March 20, 2014
Chef Jaime Gwen will be competing on Cutthroat Kitchen once again, in the CUTTHROAT CHAMPIONSHIP of CHAMPIONS, this Sunday night, March 23rd at 7pm/10pm on the Food Network. It’s a crazy culmination of campfires, breakfast in bed and of course outrageous sabotage; Wait until you see this one! Hope you’ll watch!
February 24, 2014
Tonight, Larry Broughton of Broughton Hotels teams up with host Anthony Melchiorri on the Travel Channel’s hit show, Hotel Impossible, to help a Hollywood hotel turn its business around in tonight’s episode, “Hollywood Nightmare.”Utilizing many years of experience operating and managing hotels around the United States, not to mention his own Hollywood hotel, The Moment, Larry Broughton brings valuable insight on the operational issues a hotel may face and helps form the recipe for their success moving forward.
Tonight – Monday, February 24, 2014
The Travel Channel at 10PM/9 Central
February 20, 2014
In California, citrus is part of our history and landscape. We’re the #1 fresh citrus producing state in the nation and California homeowners have more citrus trees in our yards than in any other state.
Now the state’s citrus trees are under attack. The Asian citrus psyllid is spreading throughout California and it can carry a tree disease called Huanglongbing (HLB), which is a death sentence for California citrus. HLB has already been found in the state, and there is no cure. But, with all of us working together we can save our backyard citrus trees and the state’s $2 billion citrus industry.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program, the United States Department of Agriculture and others are enlisting the help of homeowners across the state to battle the Asian citrus psyllid and HLB.
The public service announcements – available for TV and RADIO in :60, :30 and :20-second versions – give viewers facts about pest and disease, including what to look for, and what to do if they think they found the pest or disease.
The non-commercial spots, with no end date, are provided by the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program.
Many in your audience are among the millions of California homeowners whose backyard citrus trees are at risk. We ask you to join us in the fight to save California citrus by downloading and airing these PSA spots whenever you have time available.
For more information on the threat from the Asian citrus psyllid and HLB, visit www.californiacitrusthreat.org.
February 14, 2014
Top Chef Season 12 Now Casting. Every Season the bar gets higher. Every season it means more to be on the top. Do you have what it takes to be the Next Top Chef? For more details visit topchefcasting.com or email [email protected]
Los Angeles Monday, March 310am -1pm Scarpetta 225 N Canon Dr Los Angeles, CA 90210
February 12, 2014
Chef Noah Blom of ARC competing on this Sunday’s bacon themed episode of Chopped.
February 11, 2014
Bravo Media is bringing fans three new specials in February, which highlight some of the most unforgettable and dramatic moments from their favorite series and Bravolebrities.
“Bravo’s Top Ten Dinners From Hell”Premiering Wednesday, February 12 at 8pm ET/PTFrom table flips to a truly “unbeweavable” moment, viewers do not want to miss this trip down a very dramatic memory lane as we rank the craziest dinner scenes in Bravo’s history.
February 6, 2014
Bravo Media’s “Top Chef” named its 11th season winner Nicholas Elmi in Maui, Hawaii last night with the highest rated episode of the season among all key demos, according to Nielsen. The finale cooked up 1.7 million total viewers, marking a 13 percent increase from the prior week (1/29/14), as well as one million P25-54 (+13%) and 872,000 P18-49 (+7%).
Leading to what the judges proclaimed to be the closest decision in the series’ history, Nicholas faced off head-to-head against Nina Compton. Each was challenged to execute the best service of their lives while opening pop up restaurants in Maui serving diners including their family members, former chef’testants and judges Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Emeril Lagassse, Gail Simmons and Hugh Acheson. As previously announced, the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series will be returning for a twelfth season in Fall 2014.
In addition on last night’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live” featuring Nicholas and Nina, Andy Cohen announced Nina as the winner of the “Top Chef Fan Favorite” online poll, awarding her $10,000.
January 31, 2014
Celebrity Chef Adrianne Calvo takes us behind-the-scenes, as the first chef on Foodable TV’s new reality show “Food as a Lifestyle”. Food is a lifestyle; and hers is orchestrated chaos. Owner and mastermind of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar in Miami and brainchild of all things Maximum Flavor, Calvo’s culinary creations are a reflection of the talent and devotion necessary to be successful in the restaurant business. Famous for bringing ‘dark dining’ to Miami, this young and edgy chef thrives under pressure and in the kitchen.
Throughout the show, viewers watch the life of an award-winning chef and see what it takes to make food your life or better said, make a fabulous life from food. From Paradise Farms to the dining room of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard and Wine Bar, Adrianne takes a strategic approach to menu planning and restaurant operations. Viewers will see her switch from gastronomic artist to cutthroat business woman in one of the world’s most competitive fields.
The first episode demonstrates the importance of detail, showing how fresh herbs and restaurant temperatures come together to kick start a “maximum flavor” dining experience.
January 30, 2014
A New “Top Chef” Will Be Crowned Wednesday, February 5 at 10pm ET/PT During the Season Eleven Finale From Maui, Hawaii
If you think you can stand the heat, sign-up to get in the kitchen! Bravo’s Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series “Top Chef” will be returning for a twelfth season in Fall 2014. Open casting calls for chefs interested in competing in the high-stakes culinary competition series will be held in cities across the country starting on Tuesday, February 18.
January 28, 2014
Top-rated television personality from of SPIKE TV’s “Bar Rescue,” award-winning hospitality expert and author of the ultimate guide to running a bar/restaurant/nightclub, JON TAFFER is now proud to announce TAFFER TV. TAFFER TV is a specially designed video program for bars, restaurants, and nightclubs which includes Taffer’s specific patented management approaches ranging from Reaction Management, Guest Experiences, Creative Marketing, Beverage Program and Success Dynamics.
In addition, Taffer concurrently serves as president of Nightclub and Bar Media Group, which operates the Nightclub & Bar Convention & Trade Show happening in Las Vegas on March 24-26th. We would love to arrange an interview with you and Taffer about both highly anticipated new projects!
January 28, 2014
Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced plans to launch “Far