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Out of the Frying Pan: BBC America Announces Season Two of Fiery Culinary Series "Last Restaurant Standing"

Sharpen your knives (and your claws), BBC America's deliciously addictive culinary competition series Last Restaurant Standing returns later this month with a brand new season.

Launching Tuesday, January 27th at 8 pm ET/PT, Season Two of Last Restaurant Standing (or The Restaurant, as it's known in the UK) will find host and judge Raymond Blanc (of the world famous two-Michelin starred Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons) and judges Sarah Willingham and David Moore selecting one of nine couples to win their own eatery as they compete head to head over 14 weeks by opening restaurants that serve everything from traditional British fare to--wait for it--Welsh-Chinese fusion food.

As in Season One, each of the nine couples, who have little to no professional cooking experience, must transform an empty restaurant into their very own, individual eatery and open it to the public within a week.

The nine couples competing for a shot at their own restaurant this season are:
  • Kashelle, a single mum, and her mother Annette, offer a Caribbean-inspired menu.
  • Stephen, an ex-Naval officer, and his wife, Helen, offer a rustic European fusion-style cooking set in a family restaurant.
  • Caroline and Chris, a young married couple, serve a simple menu of traditional British fare made from quality ingredients.
  • Peter, a blue chip company executive, and his wife, Laura, have the chance to amaze us with their Welsh-Chinese fusion concept.
  • Best friends Alasdair and James offer a fine dining concept.
  • Buffet business owners Michele and Russell serve up a warm, friendly place with eclectic furniture and home-sewn table cloths.
  • Tom, a line cook, and Lindsie, his HR manager wife, offer a modern European-style brasserie.
  • Father and daughter team, Harriet and Mike, devise a diner dishing out modern takes on classic dishes.
  • Scott, an airline manager, and his partner Richard open a relaxed meeting place, serving up seasonal, locally-sourced food.

Which couples will buckle under the immense pressure and have to close their restaurants prematurely and see their dreams go up in smoke? And which couple will make it all the way to the end and win the restaurant? Find out this month.

Season Two of Last Restaurant Standing launches Tuesday, January 27th at 8 pm ET/PT on BBC America.

Comments

Yay! I loved this series and am so happy to hear that we'll get to see the second season. It's a fantastic reality culinary show that rivals Top Chef in quality (although the contestants are quite a different breed in terms of skill). I just wish more people knew about it!
Anonymous said…
yay!!

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