Check, Please! Arizona
Jan. 5, 2011
WEDNESDAYS AT 7:30 PM
EIGHT, ARIZONA PBS
Award-winning restaurateur and chef Robert McGrath is host
Three new guests each week, three local restaurants, three different verdicts, one great show
Next month, Eight debuts the new half-hour restaurant review show where Arizonans dine, then dish on local restaurants. Each week, three people – ordinary Arizonans, not professional critics – will sample one another’s favorite restaurants and then get together at the Eight studios to share their experiences on the program. Robert McGrath, the James Beard Award-winning restaurateur and chef, serves as host. Check, Please! Arizona airs every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Information on nominating a favorite Valley eatery (restaurant, supper club, diner, lunch cafe, dive, hole-in-the-wall, stand, food truck) and applying to be a guest on Check, Please! Arizona is available at http://www.azpbs.org/checkplease
“We want our guest reviewers to have fun. All we ask is that you are passionate about your favorite restaurant,” said McGrath, “My job as host is not to offer an opinion but to share culinary insights and explain cooking techniques or dishes based on my years of experience in the restaurant industry. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a great time.”
The restaurant review program first launched in Chicago in 2001 and has since become so popular it has “franchises” in San Francisco, Miami and Kansas City.
“We are excited about bringing Check, Please! to Arizona,” said Scott Wallin, executive producer for Eight. “It’s a unique way to showcase our state’s restaurant community, and to introduce our audience to restaurants they might not visit otherwise.”
The first season – a total of 13 episodes and 39 reviews – will feature restaurants in Maricopa County but plans are to extend the show beyond the Valley.
An Eight original production made possible by BestDentalCareAZ.com, Ironwood Cancer & Research Center, and Whitfill Nursery.
Check, Please! is a registered service mark of Check, Please LLC.
Media Contact: Colleen O’Donnell Pierce
(602) 478-3867 (cell)
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