Best New Restaurant

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Best New Restaurant
Best New Restaurant logo.png
GenreReality competition
Based onRamsay's Best Restaurant
JudgesTom Colicchio
Maggie Nemser
Jeffrey Zurofsky
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes11
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)One Potato Two Potato
Release
Original networkBravo
Picture format
Original releaseJanuary 21 (2015-01-21) –
April 1, 2015 (2015-04-01)
External links
Website

Best New Restaurant is an American reality competition series on Bravo that premiered on January 21, 2015.[1] The show is based on British television series Ramsay's Best Restaurant created by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.[2][3]

The show features a celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, along with Maggie Nemser and Jeffrey Zurofsky, who bring sixteen new restaurants against each other in a series of challenges in order to determine which one of them would be crowned as the best.[4] The challenges include the dishes that are served, the restaurant's decor and the overall concept.[5]

Judges[edit]

  • Tom Colicchio is a well-known celebrity chef. He has been the head judge on every season of Bravo reality television series Top Chef and also been serving as mentor to the competing chefs on the series, guiding them through their various challenges. On Best New Restaurant Colicchio will also act as host, judge, and executive producer.[6]
  • Maggie Nemser is the CEO and Editor-in-chief of Blackboard Eats, a food go-to site for perks and exclusive experiences at top restaurants as well as deals on artisanal foods and products.[7][8]
  • Jeffrey Zurofsky is an entrepreneur whose career started in the kitchen, eventually "trading in his apron for a business casual blazer."[9] Jeff is also Colicchio’s partner in ‘wichcraft, a sandwich shop business.[8]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Original air date U.S. viewers
1"Italian Cuisine"January 21, 2015 (2015-01-21)663,000[11]

The first two participating newly opened restaurants compete in three challenges. Both restaurants serve Italian cuisine. The menu in Dolce Italian in South Beach is dedicated to serving authentic Italian dishes while the other restaurant Doma in Beverly Hills offer Italian food with a global twist.[10]

Winner: Dolce
2"Shared Plates"January 28, 2015 (2015-01-28)518,000[12]
3"New Service Concepts"February 4, 2015 (2015-02-04)417,000[13]
4"Operated by Couples"February 11, 2015 (2015-02-11)366,000[14]
5"Battle of the Burger"February 18, 2015 (2015-02-18)363,000[15]
6"European Inspired"February 25, 2015 (2015-02-25)305,000[16]
7"Fast Casual Dining"March 4, 2015 (2015-03-04)227,000[17]
8"Seasonal Menus"March 11, 2015 (2015-03-11)433,000[18]
9"Semifinal Round 1"March 18, 2015 (2015-03-18)296,000[19]
10"Semifinal Round 2"March 25, 2015 (2015-03-25)315,000[20]
11"Finale"April 1, 2015 (2015-04-01)422,000[21]

Reception[edit]

The show has been very well received by critics.[22] Christina Chaey of Bon Appétit accented that Best New Restaurant is different from other cooking shows because it does not focus entirely on food, but includes the quality of service and hospitality as well.[23] Vicki Hyman of The Star-Ledger gave the show a B, praising the show’s different approach to “reward the restaurant that consistently fulfills its mission, regardless of cuisine or price point,” also distinguishing judges’ personalities as "genuine, not pumped-up-for-the cameras.”[24] Adam Smith of Boston Herald noted that even though the show seems similar to those that have come before it but also manages to stand out for not infilling the show with drama by saying that "the knives are used for cooking and not stabbing each other in the back."[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (December 2, 2014). "Bravo Media Serves Up Heated Competition Series 'Best New Restaurant' Premiering on Wednesday January 21at 10PM". Zap2it. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  2. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (April 8, 2014). "Bravo Media Greenlights Most Diversified Slate Ever of New and Returning Unscripted and Scripted Series" (Press release). Zap2it. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  3. ^ Bibel, Sara (September 16, 2014). "Competition Series 'Best New Restaurant' to Premiere in January 2015 on Bravo". Zap2it. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  4. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (September 16, 2014). "Bravo's 'Best New Restaurant' Gets Premiere, Sets Competitors". Variety. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  5. ^ Dwyer, Lexi (December 2, 2014). "Exclusive: Get a First Look at Tom Colicchio's Upcoming Show 'Best New Restaurant'". People. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  6. ^ "Tom Colicchio – Biography". Bravo Media. NBCUniversal. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  7. ^ "Maggie Nemser – Biography". Bravo Media. NBCUniversal. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Steinthal, Andrew (January 16, 2015). "Maggie Nemser & Jeffrey Zurofsky of Bravo's 'Best New Restaurant'". The Infatuation. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  9. ^ "Jeffrey Zurofsky – Biography". Bravo Media. NBCUniversal. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  10. ^ "Best New Restaurant Season 1 Ep 1: Italian Cuisine". Bravo Media. NBCUniversal. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  11. ^ Matcalf, Mitch (January 21, 2015). "ShowBuzzDaily's Top 25 Wednesday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 1.21.2015". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  12. ^ Matcalf, Mitch (January 28, 2015). "ShowBuzzDaily's Top 25 Wednesday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 1.28.2015". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  13. ^ Matcalf, Mitch (February 5, 2015). "ShowBuzzDaily's Top 25 Wednesday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 2.4.2015". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  14. ^ Matcalf, Mitch (February 12, 2015). "ShowBuzzDaily's Top 25 Wednesday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 2.11.2015". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  15. ^ Matcalf, Mitch (February 19, 2015). "ShowBuzzDaily's Top 25 Wednesday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 2.18.2015". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  16. ^ Matcalf, Mitch (February 26, 2015). "ShowBuzzDaily's Top 25 Wednesday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 2.25.2015". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  17. ^ Matcalf, Mitch (March 5, 2015). "ShowBuzzDaily's Top 25 Wednesday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 3.4.2015". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  18. ^ Matcalf, Mitch (March 11, 2015). "ShowBuzzDaily's Top 25 Wednesday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 3.11.2015". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  19. ^ Matcalf, Mitch (March 18, 2015). "ShowBuzzDaily's Top 25 Wednesday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 3.18.2015". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  20. ^ Matcalf, Mitch (March 25, 2015). "ShowBuzzDaily's Top 25 Wednesday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 3.25.2015". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  21. ^ Matcalf, Mitch (April 2, 2015). "ShowBuzzDaily's Top 25 Wednesday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 4.1.2015". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  22. ^ "Best New Restaurant – Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  23. ^ Chaey, Christina (January 22, 2015). "Bravo's "Best New Restaurant" Experts Weigh in on Last Night's Premiere". Bon Appétit. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  24. ^ Hyman, Vicki (January 21, 2015). "Bravo's 'Best New Restaurant' turns the tables on 'Top Chef' formula". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  25. ^ Smith, Adam (January 18, 2015). "Rewards are big for Bravo's 'Best New Restaurant'". Boston Herald. Retrieved January 25, 2015.

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