Now in its third season, CNBC's Restaurant Startup pretty much rolls together the best elements of ABC's Shark Tank and BravoTV's Top Chef Restaurant Wars. In it, two teams of chefs compete to win loads of cash and fulfill their dream of opening a restaurant, and tomorrow night brings local chefs Javier Canteras and Ryan Spragg of Bocadillo (also, Basque Supper Club). "We saw the ad on Craigslist and applied," says Canteras, "and within 24 hours, they called us."
In tomorrow night's episode, airing on CNBC at 10 p.m., Bocadillo battles against Old New York, a restaurant concept run by two New York City restaurateurs. The two teams start out by pitching their restaurant ideas to celebrity chefs, Joe Bastianich and Tim Love, and Bastianich and Love will choose one team to advance to the next stage: opening their dream restaurant with $7,500 in 36 hours. If Bastianich and Love ultimately like what they see, they will offer a bunch of cash in an attempt to become the restaurant's sole investor.
"Filming was more difficult than either of us thought it would be," Canteras tells Eater. "You always hear that about reality cooking shows, and most of us chefs, we're always kinda like: It's can't be that hard. But I have a new found respect for anyone who goes on a reality cooking show. It's more difficult than it looks."
Canteras says you have elements on television that you just don't have in a kitchen, like five cameras in your face when you're trying to fillet a snapper. Or being pulled away every 20 minutes to give your reaction to something.
But Canteras says the experience was worth it. "It's really awesome that they [Bastianich and Love] are giving people the opportunity to have dreams and to make them come true," says Canteras. He concludes, "Tune in to see what happens. I think it's a pretty big surprise."
Still need convincing? Check out the trailer: