America’s Next Great Restaurant

8:00pm – Wednesday, December 31 on /A

8 p.m. – AMERICA’S NEXT GREAT RESTAURANT – “Venture in Vegas” – NEW EPISODE

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESSFor their next test, the four remaining contestants travel to Las Vegas to see if their concepts can succeed outside of sunny Los Angeles. They will have to serve three dishes off their current menu or a brand-new dish to hundreds of people at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. The restaurateurs also must hire two local employees to help execute their menu and run the restaurant during the first hour of service.

8:00pm – Sunday, April 17 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

The remaining five restaurateurs must create a kid-friendly dish and work with a product development company to create a toy that will go along with it. The restaurateurs unveil their promotional toys and meals to a couple hundred parents and their kids – including their toughest critic yet – Bobby Flay’s daughter Sophie. Investors Bobby Flay, Curtis Stone, Steve Ells and Lorena Garcia then evaluate their performance and decide which restaurateurs’ concepts are another week closer to becoming a chain of restaurants across the country.

8:00pm – Sunday, April 10 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

The remaining six restaurateurs create their very own food truck and take to the streets of Los Angeles. In addition to designing the food truck, they must also have well priced “take-away” menu items that will yield the highest profit. Investors Bobby Flay, Curtis Stone, Steve Ells and Lorena Garcia will evaluate the contestants and decide who will continue on in the competition – becoming one week closer to winning the prize of opening their own chain of restaurants.

8:00pm – Sunday, April 3 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

The remaining seven restaurateurs design their uniforms and create their restaurant’s image. The photos, uniforms and a new dish will then be showcased to 100 diners as well as investors Bobby Flay, Curtis Stone, Steve Ells and Lorena Garcia to evaluate their performance and decide who will continue on in the competition.

8:00pm – Sunday, March 13 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 9 p.m. on ACCESS

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8:00pm – Sunday, March 6 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Twenty-one hopeful restaurateurs face investors Bobby Flay, Curtis Stone, Steve Ells and Lorena Garcia for their chance at achieving the American dream of launching their own restaurant chain. In the premiere episode, the investors ask the potential restaurateurs to pitch their restaurant concept and serve an “iconic” item from their menu.

/A\ announced today that it has acquired the delectable new reality series AMERICA’S NEXT GREAT RESTAURANT, airing Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, beginning March 6 on /A\ (visit Atv.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

From Emmy Award-winning TOP CHEF and PROJECT RUNWAY producers Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, the hour-long competition series follows contestants from every walk of life as they vie for the opportunity of a lifetime — to see their original restaurant concept spring to life.

New episodes are also available on demand the day following their television broadcast on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.

After a nationwide search, 21 competitors present their restaurant concepts to a group of investors, and when 11 hopefuls are quickly eliminated, the remaining Top 10 are left to battle it out over the course of the season.

Funding the restaurant concepts and acting as judges are the four accredited investors: Bobby Flay, distinguished restaurateur (IRON CHEF AMERICA: THE SERIES, THROWDOWN! WITH BOBBY FLAY); Curtis Stone, internationally renowned chef (THE BIGGEST LOSER, TAKE HOME CHEF); Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle; and Lorena Garcia, executive chef and restaurateur.

The investors/judges determine which competitor’s concept has the greatest potential for success, and those who do not rise to the challenge are sent home.

One contestant survives elimination each week to receive one of the biggest reality prizes in television history – their concept turned into a new restaurant chain in three locations – Hollywood, Minneapolis and New York City. 

In each episode, Flay, Stone, Ells and Garcia also work side by side with the competitors as mentors, to further develop their concepts and put each competitor’s restaurant concept through rigorous business and cooking challenges, and to determine which idea has what it takes to become “America’s next great restaurant.”

“The restaurant business is about the people who have the drive to make their eateries work,” said Flay. 

“We have a strong interest in making sure that the person who wins this will be successful. They’re not just winning a three-restaurant chain, but the opportunity to grow that chain and make it more valuable,” adds Ells.

In the series premiere (Sunday, March 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on /A\), for their first test, the investors ask the potential restaurateurs to pitch their restaurant concept and serve an “iconic” item from their menu. After the investors have heard the pitches and tried the menu items, they will choose 10 concepts to move on in the competition. 

AMERICA’S NEXT GREAT RESTAURANT is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Magical Elves (TOP CHEF and PROJECT RUNWAY). Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Ross Jacobson, Nan Strait, and Amy Chacon serve as executive producers. Casey Kriley and Gayle Gawlowski serve as co-executive producers.