Food-themed television shows have exploded in popularity in recent years. Mrs. FoodHound and I certainly watch a number of them. Our favorites include Bravo's Top Chef and Travel Channel's No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain. We also still catch the occasional Man v. Food and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Last week I was contacted by one of the producers of a new show on Food Network Canada called The Opener with David Adjey, a restaurant consultant and formal personal chef to actor Dan Aykroyd. Adjey has also been a combatant on Iron Chef. The premise of this new show is that Adjey swoops into a city (the show travels throughout North America) and helps rookie restaurateurs with the opening of their first restaurant. Opening - and keeping open - any new business is always tough, particularly restaurants. Throw in a soft economy and I would imagine it's like marching through quick sand.
So if you, or someone you know, is a first-time restaurateur that is a few months away (1-3 months) from opening their restaurant, you might want to get in touch with the show's producers. Your restaurant needs to have at least 30 seats; serve alcohol; not be a chain/franchise; needs to be full-service (e.g. not a deli, bakery, take-out only); willing to share your budget on camera; and provide access to the restaurant for 10 days. This is TV so I'm sure they're looking for folks who are interesting and colorful on camera.