NBC looking for contestants to open “America’s Next Great Restaurant”

Superstar chef Bobby Flay is joining NBC’s move back into the restaurant business.

The network is moving forward on the new series “America’s Next Great Restaurant,” tapping Food Network staple Flay as a participant. Show — previously titled “United Plates of America” — will air sometime next season.

Flay will serve as one of five restaurant and business leaders who will search for a winning chef and/or entrepreneur to help open a new eatery. Flay will serve not only as an investor in the restaurant, but also as a judge on the show and mentor to the contestants.

Magical Elves’ Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, who know a thing or two about the food biz (as producers of Bravo’s hit “Top Chef” and spinoff “Top Chef Masters”), are the producers.

Cutforth and Lipsitz have launched an open casting call across the country, via a bus tour with stops in New York; Raleigh, N.C.; Nashville; Columbus, Ohio; Chicago; Kansas City, Kan.; Denver; and Los Angeles.

Contestants will compete to open a restaurant chain in three American cities.

NBC has been down the new-restaurant road before. Its reality series “The Restaurant” featured another celeb chef, Rocco DiSpirito, as he opened a new Italian eatery in New York.

More details from NBC:

Flay joins a select panel of some of the most important names in both the dining and business worlds who will ultimately select the winner. These individuals will invest their own money in the final restaurant chain, and will have a huge stake in the game’s winner. These larger-than-life personalities will offer the hopeful restaurateurs their expertise, support — and the kind of tough love it will take to overcome great odds. Ultimately, after much-heated debates, the panel will choose the winning concept and decide which idea will become America’s newest restaurant chain.

Thousands of ideas will be narrowed down and then each week the investors will put the chosen few through rigorous challenges to discover which contestant’s concept has the greatest potential for success. The stakes have never been higher for the contestants and the investors. One contestant’s dream will become a reality.

Flay, star of “Iron Chef America: The Series” and “Throwdown with Bobby Flay,” shows his culinary versatility in the multiple talents he brings to the field as a chef/restaurateur, award-winning cookbook author and television personality. Most importantly, he is a leading restaurateur.

Interested applicants for the series should log onto nbc.com/casting to pre-register for an open casting call at one of the eight stops on the nationwide casting bus tour.

Hope the winners of “America’s Next Great Restaurant” have better luck with their NBC eatery than DiSpirito, whose “The Restaurant” restaurant was ultimately a disaster. Meanwhile, I’m busy prepping my all-Spam restaurant entry.

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  1. I am a big fan of bobby flay, a huge foodie,I think you should check out The Parks Finest in Los Angeles, Yelp them they are just starting out but thier food is so yummy…They also have a great back story!!

  2. Laura Cilia says:

    My husband and I currently own a very successful catering company and are wondering how we would audition?
    Thank you~

  3. Punita Patel says:

    I would like to find out how I can apply to be considered for season 2 of Americas next great restaurant.I have Mac N cheese restaurant Cerritos CA.
    You can check us out on Yelp and on our website at http://www.elbowsmacncheese.com

  4. oooh this is exciting! I am going to submit… :) Good luck to all the applicants, I can’t wait to see who is chosen!

  5. Sophia Taylor says:

    Dear Mr. Flay,
    How do I become try out for season 2 of America’s Next Great Restaurant? Please let me know asap! I have a great idea!

  6. Linda White says:

    I am also interested in when the next casting call will be. I have the total concept in mind from soup to nuts, with the recipies to match. Will there be another shot for those of us who would like to go for it??

  7. Mark Cameron says:

    How does one become a contestant on America’s Next Great Restaurant? Does anyone know when is the next open casting call for next season’s show?

  8. Adrian Lee says:

    How do I become a contestant on Americas Next Great Restaurant.

  9. Guy Durrwachter says:

    I have been watching the show and I would like to impress you with my idea. Please send me information so I may be a contestant. My concept is great, My menu is ready,my chefs are ready, I have chosen an awsome name, and slogan. I have a specific building design,as well as advertising and coupon ideas. I would really like to here what you think of my concept. Thank You Lets make a lot of money together.

  10. Brian Scott Stovie says:

    Hello Bobby,
    I watch your shows many times, I like your style. I have the food concept chain that could win the “Next Great Restaurant Challenge.” I’m not sure how to make you contact me but, I would like to share my winning concept. It would be worth the your time and mine, thank you. One of many goals is to serve and give back to the public.
    Thank you again,

  11. Gilbert says:

    Dear Mr. Flay,
    I am from the english speaking Caribbean but I always thought that a restaurant that incorporated the all encompassing cultural and ethnicity of the Caribbean would be Great. The restaurant will encorpurate English, French, Dutch and Spanish influence into the Native Indian, African, East Indian, Creol dishes of the wider Caribbean. This a concept of Antilles, it would be great.
    Please call me.

  12. maria,carrion says:

    how do i enter to be on this show?

  13. LYNN FOWLKES says:

    i am looking foward to having the next great restuarant in three cities

  14. Mr flay
    I was listening to you this morning on z100 while driving the ambulance and i think this is an opportunity of a lifetime.I am a mother of three Puerto Rican half french mother from the Bronx who is an excellent cook .i have a great idea on restaurant that is a simple tasty twist that will incorporate Italian,Caribbean, Hispanic etc…I would love the opportunity to pitch my ideas to you if there’s any way to still audition please post it thank you.

  15. Marva Alexander says:

    I own a small restaurant in Newport News, Va. along with my mother who is 89 years young. We have some fantastic recipes for mac and cheese, candied yams, meatloaf, salmon and crab cakes as well as a variety of desserts. We would like t0 try out. Where do we go and when?

  16. Pablo Martin says:

    Mr. Flay,
    I’m the youngest of 6 sibling from Miami (come from Hispanic home). I have been cooking since I can remember. I learned by watch my mother, and grand-mother cook. I have been told that I’m and excellent cook. I make things on the fly sometime, but like to keep it traditional most of the time. Great with a grill or a flat iron. I would like to try to enter this so I can try to reach this dream of mine. Nothing bring people together like a great meal. Thank you for this chance of a life time.

  17. mark says:

    how do you get a try out?

  18. LaBarbra says:

    I would really like to try out for this show. Where can I go to try out?

  19. Gary says:

    How do you get to “try out?” Thanks.

  20. I want to be a contestant on “America’s Next Top Restaurant” with my fantastic spaghetti recipe. It is second to none. I hope that my being an older person does not interfere with any possibility of my being a contestant. I have never met anyone that has not been blown away with any one of my spaghetti recipes.

  21. Chef Franco says:

    I tried out for this contest and pitched two winners. I briefly met Chef Flay for the first time and he was very personable! I have a great backround for this and want to take this all the way!
    NBC-will get a good run with me,Chef Bobby and the rest of the investors will have a great concept from me to sink their teeth into and make money!

  22. Danica Brammer says:

    I am a great cook and will please your palate inside and out!

  23. Troy Skeen says:

    I’m so thrilled to be casting for the show here soon and looking forward to winning. If you’re sitting on the fence about competing, well…please don’t. Save yourself some time and me some heart ache;) Well…this one should be interesting, so gl to all!

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