the Family Battle
Have you ever thought about opening a
restaurant? Well it's not just get a building, get some food, and get to
work. There's budgetary concerns... there's decor... It's a real
business. And the people on this show probably have no business
undertaking it, but there you are. Welcome to "24Hour Restaurant
Battle", where two teams each week get a shot at their dream of opening
& Saoul Hicks
Pofcher-Goldman & Rachel Nason
mother & daughter
They have 24 hours before service to set
up concepts, decor, and menus. They will be given their own half of a
building, their own kitchen and wait staff, their own cookware, and a
budget of $4000. They will be judged by the customers as well as host
Scott Conant and three heavy-hitters of the New York culinary scene. The
players that best run their restaurant win $10,000.
Mookie & Saoul: BISTRO URBANA Progressive
Jane & Rachel: D'LISH (a melting pot of ... stuff)
24 HOURS LEFT
Jane & Rachel want to take the "small
plates" idea and run with it. They're going for multiple items on the
menus. Meanwhile, Mookie & Saoul are going more for depth and
Next comes decor. Saoul is a senior
graphic designer. He wants his place to look very chich.
23 HOURS LEFT
The teams are heading to a local market
to go shopping. One of the big issues is that Mookie doesn't make. Jane
& Rachel spend $1800 on food, while Mookie & Saoul get enough to spend
some more on front-of-house.
20 HOURS LEFT
Jane thinks of this as mission impossible
with the $2200 for front of house. Mookie realizes that he's got 75
portions for 100 covers. He's going to have to combine two entrees.
Meanwhile, Rachel notices that they have a lot of stuff. Jane arrives
and notices that they're really flustered.
14 HOURS LEFT
Prep. While Jane looks for something on
Antipasto: Cured Meats & Vegetables; Imported Cheese Plate
Salad: Classic Caesar Salad, Arugula Salad, Red & Yellow Beet Salad
Entrees: Tuna Tartare, Lump Crab Cakes, Pan-Fried Scallops, Stuffed
Dessert: Berries with Creme Anglaise, Bread Pudding, Humboldt Fog Cheese
First: Farm Greens with Grapefruit Vinaigrette, Cajun Catfish with
Grits, Crab Spinach & Artichoke Gratin, Crab Tomato Soup
Second: Smoked Salmon Filet, Chocolate Barbecue chicken, Chef Mookie's
Sweet Ending: Double Chocolate Brownie, Fruit Cobbler, both of which are
coming from store-bought materials.
Meanwhile, Saoul is working on his own
artwork. Meanwhile, Rachel's sous-chef is messing up the bread pudding.
According to the type A perfectionist.
Everyone seems to be gravitating toward
D'Lish. But Bistro Urbana gets their first table seated. D'Lish is the
first to have to waitlist patrons. Over at Bistro Urbana, there are
customers who want hot sauce, but that's not how Mookie rolls.
Things are starting to slow down in
D'Lish. To the point that there are walkouts.
The judges start to walk into the diners
with Scott. Tonight, we have chef Geoffrey Zakarian, restauranteur Jason
Denton, and Gabriella Gersenshon of Time Out New York. D'Lish is fresh
and eclectic in atmosphere. The presentation is a sign of someone who
cares about food, however the tartare is bland. The salads score out of
the gate. The entrees as well... except for the arancini, which has no
flavor. As for the structure of the meal, there's just a lot of
appetizers. The dessert needed ambition, AND the bread pudding was 86ed
at the last second. Jane & Rachel are not really happy with the way the
food is cooked. But at the end of the day, good food is good food, and
these are excuses. Rachel & Jane were ambitious. Rachel knows a lot of
ingredients. The customers loved the promise, but not all of them
believe she delivered.
Over at Bistro Urbana, Saoul talks about
his artwork. The decor is sophisticated. The appetizers show his passion
for cooking, but Saoul's blanking out indicates a disconnect with the
front and back. The entrees showcase the chef's hand, especially the
lighter ones. As for dessert... they just phoned it in with the
store-bought ingredients, and if you're a real chef, you frown on that.
A LOT. They had a real vision, and Mookie's passion for food, but their
polite manner may have hurt him.
At the end of the day, both teams did
what they set out to do: open a restaurant in 24 hours. But for one
team, it's going to pay out in a $10,000 profit.
The winner of this 24 Hour Restaurant
... BISTRO URBANA! From the sweet ending
of dessert comes the sweet ending.
Two more teams next time. Until then...
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