24 January, 2009

Last Restaurant Standing Season 2 Coming to BBC America

One of my favorite food-related reality shows, Last Restaurant Standing (broadcast on BBC 2 in the UK as The Restaurant) is returning for a second season on BBC America.

The premise of the show is simple: Nine couples who dream of running a restaurant but who have little or no experience are given an opportunity to earn their dream come true. Restauranteur Raymond Blanc (owner and chef of the two-Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons hotel-restaurant in Oxfordshire) gives each of the couples a restaurant and puts them through a series of inspections and challenges. Over the run of the series, teams are eliminated one by one and their restaurants closed until one couple remains. The victorious duo open a full-fledged restaurant with the financial backing of Chef Blanc.

The first season aired in 2007 in the UK and in 2008 in the US. It was endlessly entertaining, especially as we became interested in the participants and tried to guess each week which of them would be locking their doors after the challenges. My wife and I are looking forward to the "new" season (which aired in 2008 in the UK) when it starts on BBC America on Tuesday, January 27 at 8 pm.

To my UK readers: Please don't leave spoilers in your comments.


BBC America's website
Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons - Raymond Blanc's Two Michelin star Restaurant and Luxury Hotel in Great Milton, Oxfordshire, UK
Raymond Blanc's website

Links to BBC 2's website will be added after the show has finished its US run because the site is one big spoiler.


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