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"AMERICA'S NEXT GREAT RESTAURANT" WILL PREMIERE ON MARCH 11TH ON CNBC

(ALL TIMES ARE IN ET)

"America's Next Great Restaurant" will premiere on Friday, March 11th at 10pm on CNBC. The one hour show will air on Fridays for 9 consecutive weeks (3/11 to 5/6).

In this delectable new alternative series, people from every walk of life will vie for the opportunity of a lifetime to see their original restaurant concept spring to life - starting with the opening of a restaurant chain in three locations - Hollywood, Minneapolis and New York City.

Funding the restaurant concepts are four accredited investors: Bobby Flay, distinguished restaurateur ("Iron Chef America: The Series," "Throwdown! with Bobby Flay"); Curtis Stone, internationally renowned chef (NBC's "The Biggest Loser," "Take Home Chef"); Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle; and Lorena Garcia, executive chef and restaurateur.

Flay, Stone, Ells and Garcia not only serve as investors who put their money into the winning restaurant idea, but they also serve as mentors. They will be working side by side with the competitors to further develop their concepts and put each competitor's restaurant concept through rigorous business and cooking challenges to determine which idea has what it takes to become America's next great restaurant.

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