The catering trade is set to get ‘The Apprentice’ treatment later this month when BBC Two and award-winning top chef and restaurateur Raymond Blanc put nine couples through their paces to see if they have what it takes to run their own restaurant in a brand new series.
The Restaurant features couples, some with little or no catering experience other than cooking at home and throwing dinner parties, but whose dream is to run their own eatery.
They have to create their perfect restaurant and then open the doors to the paying public. Their first crucial decision � who will take on the kitchen and who is best equipped to run the front of house?
It’s so simple. Lots of us can cook. We have all been to restaurants. We all think we know what people like to eat. If only we had the money and the opportunity. For one couple this programme will realise that dream.
Says Raymond: “It is a life changing decision to take part in this programme � it is not just a game. They are making many sacrifices without even knowing if they are going to win.”
Each of the nine couples takes over an empty restaurant, makes it their own and will open their doors to the paying public.
And in true Sir Alan fashion Raymond will be using a panel of “inspectors” – industry experts Lee Cash, Sarah Willingham and John Lederer. – to keep an eye on the contenders.
Raymond will then select the three restaurants he judges to be the worst performing and one of them will be closed at the end of the week.