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Restaurant Express Comes to Temecula November 9, 2013

Restaurant Express Robert Irvine Temecula Old Town

Restaurant Express Robert Irvine Temecula Old Town

Remember that big bus in Old Town Temecula? The “Restaurant Express” Food Network Show, hosted by Robert Irvine, is finally airing Sunday, November 9, at 9 p.m. 

On his all-new Food Network Channel reality series, “Restaurant Express,” Robert Irvine challenges nine finalists to survive a culinary road trip across the West. The fact that the second episode takes place in Temecula, California makes it taste a little sweeter.

The show, which premieres on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 9 p.m on the Food Network,  will feature Temecula on the second episode, November 10th at 9 p.m. (Check your Direct TV, Dish, or local listings and set that DVR!)

Mayor Mike Naggar with Restaurant Express Tour Bus

Mayor Mike Naggar with Restaurant Express Tour Bus

The City of Temecula, which prides itself on being a film-friendly City, was selected by Food Network Scouts, who fell in love with the Temecula charm and superior customer service. In the episode filmed earlier this summer,  contestants surveyed the feel of Temecula, coming up with their own ideas to what this city was “missing” with regard to the restaurant world–at least in Old Town Temecula.

On Restaurant Express, each contestant must prove both superior culinary abilities and food industry business know-how in order to keep a ticket to ride the Restaurant Express touring bus. The second episode, airing, November 10th, will show that Contestants taking a walking “inventory of existing Old Town restaurants, develop a restaurant idea, and pitch it to Irvine and Temecula’s Mayor Mike Naggar.” according to press release.

When asked by Food Network Producers to stand side by side on camera with Chef Robert Irvine, Mike Naggar agreed to help judge each contestant’s restaurant prototype proposals, and whether they would or would not  fit in with the Temecula ideal.

Mike Naggar with Robert Irvine for Restaurant Express in Old Town Temecula

Mike Naggar with Robert Irvine for Restaurant Express in Old Town Temecula

“It was exciting to see a nationally recognized cable network transform Temecula’s downtown into a television production site. Chef Robert Irvine, the contestants and the Food Network Team were a blast to work with. I am excited to watch and see how our downtown district, our local restaurants and our citizens shine on the television screen!” stated Mayor Naggar.

For more information on Restaurant Express, please visitwww.foodnetwork.com/restaurant-express

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About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

2 comments on “Restaurant Express Comes to Temecula November 9, 2013

  1. Gillian Larson
    October 17, 2013

    Hi Ashley, as a matter of interest. Patrick Ruocco and Jan Charles from this show will be at Reality Rally 2014 in April. Coooool. They are 2 of 79 Stars already signed up in 2 weeks to come in April and are all raising funds. 🙂 Cheers Love your Grapvine Gillian


    • Ashley Ludwig
      October 18, 2013

      That is totally cool, Gillian! Can’t wait to start promo for Reality Rally!

      ❤ Ashley & Temecula Grapevine


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