Cooking competitions on television seem to follow the same pattern: highly qualified and confident chefs are pressured by a ticking clock and have wrenches thrown in their recipe arsenals when odd ingredients are thrown into the mix. It's challenging. It's nerve-wracking. It's nail-biting drama.
But above all, it's predictably bland. Luckily, Bravo has been spicing up the cooking competition formula with its hit series, "Best New Restaurant." It's not about individual chefs competing for a cook-hat crown. Since its premiere in January, viewers instead have enjoyed watching entire restaurants -- from the chefs to the servers -- being pitted against one another for the ultimate title. The rounds don't take place in a prim and proper TV studio, either. They take place at the actual restaurant location, where competitors will literally have to get out of the kitchen if they can't take the heat.
Out of the 16 contestants, five are representing Miami and showing the nation why the Sunshine State will shine the brightest in this competition.
The five Miami-Dade restaurants are: Dolce Italian, heralded for its authentic Italian menu; The Federal, a popular high-end comfort food and shared-plate joint; R House, hailed for its modern, global taste; Tongue & Cheek, known for its Contemporary American cuisine; and Buns & Buns, a fast casual with a pinch of fine dining. Most of these are regulars on the Foodable Miami Top 25 restaurant list. Since the airing of the show, the social scores of The Federal and Prime Italian have climbed ranking the restaurants in the top three.
There are challenges where 30 diners were dropped off at each restaurant, while others had undercover guests trying to catch customer service slip-ups. The winner will receive $100,000, a feature in Bon Appétit Magazine and a coveted spot in the Vegas Uncork'd Food Festival. Show your support and watch to see if any of our local restaurants make it to the top. Read More