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Restaurant Startup Season 2 Preview

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Warning: Spoilers Ahead

We love cooking competition shows. Tim Love is new to us, but we know (and enjoy) Joe Bastianich from MasterChef Junior and Antonia Lofaso from Top Chef. What we like most about this concept is that we get to see it all come together. Each week two teams pitch their ideas to Tim and Joe, who then choose one team to back. They give them 36 hours, $7,500 and a restaurant space in Los Angeles to bring their concept to life.

Photo Credit: Jesse Grant/CNBC

Photo Credit: Jesse Grant/CNBC

Tim, Joe and Antonia, their culinary consultant, evaluate their business plan, their branding campaign and the actual launch of their pop-up restaurant. Based on their own observations, as well as the reaction of the diners, Tim and Joe decide whether or not to risk putting their own money on the line to make these teams dreams come true — and, hopefully, make big money for themselves in the process.

A look at season 2:

“Visions of Vietnamese” synopsis, from CNBC:

In the season premiere, Bastianich and Love look to the East for delicious flavors and high profits. First up is Rice Paper Scissors, two young women who impress the high-tech denizens of San Francisco with their low-tech pop-up events featuring traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Next up is Lone Wolf, whose food truck has taken Tulsa by storm with a new American spin on the classic Vietnamese banh mi. Will it be out with the old and in with the new? Or will Joe and Tim stick to the tried and true?

Season 2 of Restaurant Startup premieres Tuesday, January 13th at 10/9c on CNBC.

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