NBC just released a preview clip of the upcoming series America's Next Great Restaurant in which contestants compete to see who has the best restaurant concept and win "the biggest reality prize in television history, a new restaurant chain." The kicker here, though, is that the four judges — Australian chef Curtis Stone, chef/Food Network host Bobby Flay, Nestle/Splenda spokesperson Lorena Garcia; and Chipotle founder Steve Ells — are actually going to invest in the nationwide launch of the chain. (Or maybe just three cities as a press release announced earlier this year.)
The series, which was produced by Magical Elves (the people behind Top Chef), premieres Wednesday, March 16th. Which concept will win? Kebab sliders? Chicken and waffles? Or maybe, just maybe, Saucy Balls.
Video: America's Next Great Restaurant Preview