A new competitive reality TV show from Bravo has set out to discover the best upcoming restaurant in America. Best New Restaurant will feature 16 top new restaurants from around the country competing in challenges focusing on culinary skill, customer service, and various other aspects of successful restaurant management.
Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, a Top Chef judge and prominent restaurateur, worked to locate these popular eateries in collaboration with Bravo and Bon Appetit magazine. His travels naturally took him to Los Angeles, a hub of culinary culture and the home of three Best New Restaurant competitors.
The L.A. metropolitan area’s list of contenders includes Union Restaurant in Pasadena. Overseen by head chef and founder Bruce Kalman, the gastropub has been serving its innovative Italian cuisine paired with a vast collection of craft beers since March 2014. To the west, Doma Beverly Hills offers seafood and Italian specialties crafted by Dustin Trani, who has competed alongside top chef Ming Tsai at the James Beard Awards in New York City. The list of the L.A. metro area’s Best New Restaurant participants also includes Church Key in West Hollywood, where head chef Steven Fretz offers modern American dim sum and expertly crafted cocktails.
Best New Restaurant is scheduled to premiere in January 2015. The winning establishment will not only receive a special editorial in Bon Appetit, but will be a featured guest at next year’s Vegas Uncork’d culinary festival.