Ever wanted to watch a show about a surly British critic trying to find a good meal in North America? Well, here it is: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Canada's W Network and BBC America have given a series order for Million Dollar Critic, starring Times UK critic Giles Coren.
Part documentary series, part competition, the hour-long episodes will feature Coren traveling through the US and Canada looking for "new and fresh restaurant experiences." The winning restaurant receives "a rave international review" from Coren which apparently "could be worth a $1 million in extra business." Sounds ... maybe unethical?
This isn't the first news of Coren's North American TV activities. In February he told the Spectator that he was working on show in Canada that he stood "to make billions" from it. Coren has developed a reputation for stirring up controversy in the restaurant world. He's feuded with big name chefs and restaurateurs like René Redzepi and Keith McNally.
Coren seemed to have a good time on a recent trip to Los Angeles (apparently he was there to take a meeting), so perhaps that bodes well for the restaurants in his path. The show is slated to air in 2014.
· BBC America and Canada's W Snag Giles Coren [THR]
· All Giles Coren Coverage on Eater [-E-]
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