Bravo's Best New Restaurant: Tongue & Cheek Advances

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Tongue & Cheek advances to the semifinals.
In what was a tense competition, Tongue & Cheek emerged victorious after a rough start on last evening's episode of Best New Restaurant.

The SoBe restaurant competed against Austin's Porter Ale House for the "Battle of the Burgers."

Once again, Tom Colicchio was joined by Maggie Nemser and Jeffrey Zurofsky for the Cheek's pressure test, during which DeRosa and his general manager, Gustavo Rech had two hours to provide a full meal service for 30 diners.

Before the service, Tom tried Chef DeRosa's crispy pig ears and beef cheek burger and was impressed, saying, "The chef has got an amazing technique. This is the best of both worlds -- a fun place with really great food." Tom, however, cautioned that the restaurant was still quite new and, although DeRosa has decades of experience, having your own restaurant is a much different experience.

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R House Featured on Best New Restaurant Tonight

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Chef Rocco Carulli from R House.
Bravo's Best New Restaurant is really showing Miami establishments in a great light.

The new culinary competition that grades restaurants on both front of the house and back of the house skills and expertise, has been on for less than a month and, already, two Miami restaurants have advanced to the next level.

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Bravo's Best New Restaurant: The Federal Advances

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Chef Zapata in the kitchen.
Bravo's Best New Restaurant has hit its stride. In the first episode, a lot of the rules weren't explained.

This week, it felt like host, judge, and executive producer Tom Colicchio took his own advice, because the episode was tighter, with more structure and better editing.

Like the first episode, two restaurants were highlighted. Miami's the Federal Food Drink & Provisions went up against Austin's Swift's Attic, with each culinary team competing for a feature in Bon Appétit, a $100,000 spot at a Las Vegas food festival, and the title of "Best New Restaurant."

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Bravo's Best New Restaurant: Dolce Italian Advances

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Chef Paolo Dorigato wants Dolce to be Best New Restaurant.
Dozens of people filed into South Beach's Dolce Italian last evening for the first Best New Restaurant watch party. The reason behind all of this interest in another Bravo TV series is the fact that five Miami restaurants are in the game, vying for a feature in Bon Appétit magazine, a $100,000 spot at a Las Vegas food festival, and the title of Best New Restaurant.

The show's format is such that it features two restaurants each week in the initial phase of the competition as they are individually introduced and then compete against each other. This week, Dolce Italian squared off against Doma in Beverly Hills. The watch party drew other competing restaurants in a show of solidarity. R House's Rocco Carulli and the Federal's Ani Meinhold and Cesar Zapata were on hand to support their fellow Bravo-lebrities, as was Haven's Todd Erickson.

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Bravo's Best New Restaurant Premieres January 21, Meet the Miami Restaurants

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Tom Colicchio must have given The Federal's Ani Meinhold some good news.
Five Miami restaurants will turn into "Bravolebrities" come nest week when Best New Restaurant premieres on Wednesday, January 21, at 10 p.m.

The series spotlights 16 restaurants in four major cities (New York, Los Angeles, Austin and Miami) each vying for a feature in Bon Appetit magazine, a $100,000 spot at a Las Vegas food festival, and the title of Best New Restaurant.

Top Chef's Tom Colicchio serves as host, judge, and executive producer, with Maggie Nemser (BlackboardEats) and Jeffrey Zurofsky (Colicchio's partner and cofounder of 'Wichcraft) rounding out the judging table. Gordon Ramsay is producer of the show.

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Bravo's Best New Restaurant Features Five Miami Eateries

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The staff of Tongue & Cheek faces the judges on Bravo's Best New Restaurant.
Bravo's new culinary competition series, Best New Restaurant, finally has a premiere date. Fans of Miami's restaurant scene should block out a few months of Wednesdays, because five of our favorite new establishments are featured on the show, which will air Wednesdays at 10 p.m., beginning January 21.

The show's format takes host, judge, and executive producer Tom Colicchio on a journey across America in search of the best new restaurant in the United States. Based on the UK series Ramsay's Best Restaurant, the show also features Maggie Nemser (BlackboardEats) and Jeffrey Zurofsky (Colicchio's partner and cofounder of 'Wichcraft) joining Colicchio to evaluate 16 restaurants from four cities: New York, Los Angeles, Austin, and Miami. The fact that Miami is in the running with these other cities means we've got major clout. (And the fact that Colicchio is opening a restaurant here probably helps too.)

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Anthony Bourdain Chills at Oolite

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Anthony Bourdain hangs with Kris Wessel and Lisa Odom.
Looks like there's been another Bourdain sighting in Miami.

Last afternoon, Anthony Bourdain was spotted at Oolite Restaurant and Bar, where he filmed a segment of CNN's Parts Unknown with rock legend and Miami resident Iggy Pop.

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Anthony Bourdain Caught Filming in Miami

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Bourdain at Dim Ssäm a Gogo.
Miami foodies, be on the lookout!

If you're dining out in the next few days and spot a thin, silver-haired gent who looks familiar, chances are it's intrepid chef/writer/television host Anthony Bourdain.

Bourdain is in Miami filming, which means we likely have a South Florida Parts Unknown episode to look forward to next season.

According to Variety, CNN recently renewed the travel/food/anthropology show for another season. The entertainment insider says the show "ranks among CNN's most-watched programs, and it has earned Primetime Emmys two years in a row for informational series."

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Watch Party For Sam Gorenstein on Kitchen Inferno at My Ceviche This Wednesday

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Curtis Stone hosts Kitchen Inferno
Food Network's newest culinary competition show, Kitchen Inferno, pits non-celebrity chefs against celebrity chefs in four cooking rounds -- with a game show twist. After each round, the competing chef will have the chance to walk away with the money he or she has earned -- or let it ride with a possible $25,000 prize purse.

That's what intrigued My Ceviche's Sam Gorenstein, who competes on this Wednesday's episode, entitled "Miami Heat". On the show, hosted by Curtis Stone, Gorenstein will compete against mystery celebrity chefs with each round getting more difficult.

What will Gorenstein do with the prize money? Spend it on a wedding, of course.

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Chopped Champions Winner Diana Sabater Talks Giorgio Rapicavoli and Moving to Miami

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Last week, Giorgio Rapicavoli found himself in familiar territory as he faced Chopped judges for the third time in the dessert round of the first-ever Chopped Champions. The only difference this time around was that once Ted Allen lifted the silver cloche, Rapicavoli lost.

Diana Sabater, a single mother of two and former police department employee defeated the Eating House chef and owner, winning $50,000 and a brand new car -- the biggest prize in Chopped history. We caught up with Sabater yesterday as she's visiting Miami for the first time and thinking about making this her home.

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