“Le Restaurant”: the reality on the plate

Both reality TV and observational documentaries, Zeste’s new cooking competition, “Le Restaurant” first shines a spotlight on entrepreneurship and the reality of the restaurant industry.

Talking about money, “food cost” and profitability. And the customer in all of this is entitled to a big piece of the pie.

“We are in the reality of catering. It is not only about creating good recipes, but also about putting them into practice. To cook for 40 customers, in competition with three candidates,” said Chef Owner of La Cabane d’à Côté, Vincent Dion Lavalle. Others are fighting head-on to win their place, it’s very motivating and very stressful.”

“We wanted to give the candidates a lab. Where these talented people were going to have all the tools, real customers in a real restaurant to test and pursue their dream to see if they would be able to handle the pressure, to be profitable, to be able to drive with the team,” said Renault Chassis. Show Producer: “Having proposals for dishes that will not only attract the audience, but will also be able to maintain quality.”

“We highlight a world frankly severely affected by the pandemic which reveals to us that once again and in spite of everything; there are dreamers and entrepreneurs who want to roll up their sleeves and want to dive into the restaurant business with their culinary DNA and personality to present a restaurant concept that looks like them,” the designer emphasized. and host, Helen Bourgeois Leclerc.

Quebec show concept. “Le Restaurant” produced by Sphère Média, opposes 12 future restaurateurs who will have to convince, yes, the mentor judge Vincent Dion Lavalle, but above all the customers who will taste their dishes.

Each week, the participants will first have to stand out in the “Creativity Challenge”, which will be directed to them by the Chief Animator. Then the worst three are sent to the “big service”. This is where 40 or so real customers come in. Once the room is opened, they will each choose a dish from the options on the menu and write it down at the end of the service.

The chef with the lowest average should leave “Le Restaurant”.

In the end, the winner will be able to put the clamp with $50,000 down payment to make his project a reality.

traumatic experiences

The 12 candidates were selected based on their competence and the concept of their restaurant. This sometimes leads to the shock of the experience, as in the same service a Mexican bar counter or good gastronomy can be faced, that is, always in highly targeted restoration challenges such as customers in a hurry or small budgets.

Chief Animator Chef remembers that not because the chef is very experienced or his kitchen is the most meticulous, that will necessarily satisfy the customers.

“Customer arrives, eats and is judged. We were very surprised to see the dishes, which for me were neither good nor good, but won the best marks, perhaps even from the competition […] And this sometimes causes shock waves,” added the chef, who we can see in the eleventh season of the movie“ Chef in the Cabin ”, which is currently filming.

And to spice up the competition a little, Helen Bourgeois Leclerc will of course sprinkle every now and then, here and there, a few flicks of “twists” for the candidates.

“Le Restaurant” starts Thursday at 9 pm in Zeste.

A flavor of novelties

In its new TV season, Zeste, which saw its audience grow 54% last year, welcomes several new features this season, including dozens of acquisitions and new seasons for its original products.

“Three times a day and you”

This Wednesday at 7 p.m. starts the new season of Three Times a Day and You. This season, Marilou will have 24 guests in her kitchen and talk to them while she cooks.

August 17, 7 p.m.

“food shots”

Just before the start of the winter “Coups de food” season, Sébastien Benot invited a few personalities, including Karine Gonthier-Hyndman, Benoît Gagnon, Sabrina Cournoyer, Benoît Roberge and Chef Normand Laprise, to his private holiday party.

December 22, 10 p.m.

Pastry Chefs Wall.

Chefs Patrice Demers and Riccardo Larvie participated as guest chefs in Food Network Canada’s “Le mur des pâtissiers” cooking competition. Under the supervision of 12 top chefs, the best amateur pastry chefs in Canada will compete to win $10,000.

October 3, 8 p.m.

“Supreme Chief”

Gordon Ramsey launched an all-new cooking competition at the beginning of the year that contests about fifteen chefs divided into three superimposed kitchens. The superior enjoys the privilege while the inferior must manage by the means at hand.

October 13, 10 p.m.

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