Series premieres Sunday, November 3 at 9 p.m. ET / PT
Nine chefs compete in testing cooking and business skills for the executive chef position in Las Vegas
New York, NY (RestaurantNews.com) Chef Robert Irvine travels to Las Vegas to give nine chefs the chance to realize their lifelong dream of opening a restaurant in Sin City in the new Restaurant Express series. Premiere Sunday, November 3 at 9 p.m. ET / PT on Food Network. In seven episodes, the chefs will visit different cities and places traveling on the Restaurant Express-Bus and face challenges that will test their culinary skills and business acumen as potential restaurateurs. After each challenge, Robert will review their performance, eliminating one cook per episode. The final entrant will have the opportunity to become the head chef at a restaurant at the M Resort Spa Casino, located just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.
“Restaurant Express tests every aspect of aspiring restaurateurs’ ability to start and run a successful restaurant,” said Bob Tuschman, general manager and senior vice president of Food Network. “Robert’s expertise as a chef, restaurateur, and tenacious mentor makes him the perfect host to push competitors to their limits and give them the chance to win a life-changing opportunity.”
In the premiere, Robert Irvine greets the nine chefs and aspiring restaurateurs in Las Vegas when they board the Restaurant Express Bus. The participants immediately realize that there are only eight beds in the bus, as they have to introduce themselves and their dream restaurant concept to Robert. A chef’s vision falls short as he fails to make it on board and falls behind at the beginning of the voyage. For the next challenge, participants must set up a restaurant with just $ 500 and six hours before serving a hungry crowd of 250 people. The challenge is all about profit, and Robert tells contestants that the bottom three earners must face him in a review. Robert decides which other participant will be sent home, with the remaining seven getting one step closer to their dream.
With over 25 years of experience in the catering industry, Chef Robert Irvine has made his way through Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean and America, in hotels and on the high seas. Irvine brings his experience as a presenter of Restaurant: Impossible on the Food Network and previously appeared on Dinner: Impossible, The Worst Chefs in America, The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs and Food Network Star. Born in England, he joined the British Royal Navy at the age of 15 and his superiors soon became aware of his skills in the kitchen. As part of his service for the Royal Navy, Robert was selected to work aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, where the royal family and their followers regularly dined. Robert worked in the White House kitchen and served his creations to senior government officials while training U.S. Navy chefs on a visiting chef program.
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Restaurant Express is produced by Relativity Lifestyle Television, a division of Relativity Television.
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