SEASON(S): 2 (20 episodes, 0 of which have yet to air)
ADDITIONAL NOTES: a show on hiatus for longer than 12 months - without any news about its future - is assumed to be canceled
DESCRIPTION: (from Food Network's press release, April 2011) Hosted by renowned chef Scott Conant, each episode features dueling teams of aspiring restaurateurs who have 24 hours to conceive, plan and open their own restaurants for one night. On each team, one person handles front-of-house issues like decor, seating and service while the other manages back-of-house matters like menu planning, shopping and, of course, cooking. When the doors open, each restaurant serves a discerning group of diners along with Scott and a panel of judges representing three areas of expertise: restaurant marketer, restaurant reviewer, and restaurant investor. Based on the concept, execution, and viability, the judges choose a winning team who receive $10,000 seed money toward realizing their dream.