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As the son of celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich, being a restaurateur is in Joe Bastianich's blood. He has opened a number of restaurants. Now he's using his expertise -- and cash -- to back new eateries. Joe and Texas-based chef Tim Love invest their money in concepts they believe have potential to succeed. In each episode two teams get a chance to pitch ideas to Joe and Tim, who choose which has the better concept. The selected one gets a tryout with three assets: keys to an L.A. establishment, 36 hours, and $7,500. The team uses them to test their dream in a pop-up restaurant, to devise a branding campaign, and to write a business plan -- under the scrutiny of a culinary consultant. Results of the 36-hour shot determine whether the entrepreneurs will get the backing.

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A pair of divas from Los Angeles claim to have the best mac 'n' cheese ever; a young couple burst onto the San Francisco food scene with made-to-order, hand-crafted doughnuts.
aired 5 days ago
California natives have a hip idea for gourmet chocolates made with bacon; an engaged couple from Oakland, Calif. hope to sell their alcohol-infused marshmallows and brittle nationwide.
aired 12 days ago
Two brothers who have a chickpea pasta concept called Banza; another team of brothers who are behind a pasta tasting-bar concept called Ravioli Revolution.
aired 19 days ago
A catering and farmer's market staple in the city; a Michelin-trained chef and his wife who want to transition their Mills & Co brand of high-quality charcuterie.
aired 26 days ago
A mother and daughter duo from Brooklyn, N.Y. want to reinvent the waffle cone with portable meals; a loveable pair of friends, from New Jersey want to turn their bakery concept into the next Starbucks.
aired 33 days ago
Two women want to evolve their sexy Los Angeles burger food truck into something bigger that can be franchised; a San Francisco restaurant with a bacon themed menu.
aired 40 days ago
Joe Bastianich and Tim Love decide whether or not to invest in Kraken Congee in Seattle, Wash. or Ramy's Falafel Fusion in Portland, Ore.
aired 47 days ago
Two Miami chefs known for both their food and their fiery personalities vie for investment help.
aired 54 days ago
Two teams that have found their dream location need money from the investors to sign their lease.
aired 61 days ago
Chefs looking to make a name with a taste of Spain, and two friends trying to capitalize on an up-and-coming Manhattan neighborhood try to cash in with the investors.
aired 68 days ago
Two teams with late-night snacks, one with a spin on the traditional eggroll and one with an old family rice ball recipe, look to impress the investors.
aired 75 days ago
One restaurant looking for more profit from opening a rooftop bar, and two brothers wanting to open a fourth location featuring small plates look for investor help.
aired 82 days ago
Two teams looking to spin off fast-casual restaurants, one with sliders and one with South African flavors, look to impress the investors.
aired 89 days ago
An owner who lost everything in his divorce, including a restaurant, and an owner buried in debt from a hemp-centric restaurant try to get money from the investors.
aired 96 days ago
Owners that have created an interactive culinary experience, and a Michelin-star chef who has staked his comeback on truffles try to dazzle the investors.
aired 103 days ago
Two steakhouses, one in Queens, New York and one in Stockton, California, want to provide high-end food without pretension.
aired 110 days ago
A high-end, chef- driven restaurant for the 1 percent; a quick- service restaurant that serves snacks, desserts and drinks to the masses.
aired 117 days ago
A brother and sister team from New Jersey believe they have the skills to make their fine-dining concept soar; a husband and wife team hope to open the first gastropub in their part of northeastern Pennsylvania.
aired 124 days ago
A rock n' roll couple from Detroit wants to take their hand-crafted delights and turn them into a nationwide sensation; a company outgrows its tiny space within two years of opening.
aired 131 days ago
A food truck hopes to stabilize their business by opening a brick-and-mortar location; two culinary teachers from Philadelphia look to transition from the classroom to a fast-casual takeout restaurant.
aired 138 days ago
A married couple runs a restaurant with an international small plates menu in Las Vegas; a restaurant that serves slow-cooked meats with a heap of healthy options in a fast-casual setting.

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