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NBC & 'Survivor' producer Mark Burnett to team-up for new 'The Restaurant' reality show


By Reality TV World staff, 04/10/2003 

Ever dream of working in a hip New York restaurant and starring in a television series at the same time? NBC along with Executive Producers Mark Burnett ("Survivor" & "Eco-Challenge") and Ben Silverman as well as Chef Rocco DiSpirito announce a national open call for all positions at the Manhattan hot spot that the network will chronicle. DiSpirito is now hiring waiters/waitresses, hosts/hostesses, bartenders, sous chefs, kitchen and bussing staff. Only experienced candidates need apply.

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"The Restaurant" is a one-hour unscripted drama that offers a behind-the-scenes look at rising New York star Rocco DiSpirito, a first generation Italian-American chef and one of People's "Sexiest Men Alive," as he puts his reputation on the line and risks losing everything to fulfill his lifelong dream to create, launch and operate his own ultra-chic Manhattan eatery. The workplace drama will also follow the foibles and flirtations of his waiters, waitresses, bartenders and sous chefs as they mix it up with the steady flow of Manhattan's social scene. And, in a unique twist, "The Restaurant" will be the first dramatic series that literally caters to the viewing public. Unlike other so-called "reality shows," fans can actually visit "The Restaurant" where Rocco and his wait staff will welcome them for a truly unforgettable night on the town. In a country starved for something different, "The Restaurant" serves up an original.

“We’re excited the next step in the creation of ‘The Restaurant’ is fast approaching. We welcome anyone to apply---sous chefs, waiters, bartenders, dishwashers and more-to be part of what is destined to be a critically acclaimed and highly successful restaurant. I am sure the lucky ones chosen by Rocco will elevate the dining experience of his establishment to another level. That’s great news for us as these characters, along with Rocco, will be the storytellers from which America will see the inner workings of a new and vibrant Manhattan eatery.” said Mark Burnett, Executive Producer .

Added Silverman, "we are looking for talented waiters and waitresses, bartenders and busboys to come work at America’s first televised restaurant. The staff will interact with real customers who can land a reservation and even potentially get on TV." “We think that ‘The Restaurant’ will mark a new trend in primetime television, the unscripted drama. What better venue than a restaurant to witness real life, high-pressured drama? It is also an ideal environment for our sponsors---good storytelling set in a glamorous environment and the ability to integrate their products in a completely natural way," said Robert Riesenberg, Executive Producer and EVP, Magna Global Entertainment

To apply, please send a tape illustrating personality and experience and a picture & resume before April 18th to: Rocco DiSpirito, c/o Restaurant Staffing, 1114 Avenue of the Americas, 18th floor, New York City, New York 10036.

The series is executive produced by Mark Burnett of Mark Burnett Productions, Reveille’s Ben Silverman and Magna Global Entertainment’s Robert Riesenberg.









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