Bobby Flay fires up NBC 'Restaurant' series

bobby-flay-getty-320.jpgCelebrity chef Bobby Flay will help pick "America's Next Great Restaurant" on NBC next season.

The Food Network star and restaurateur will be one of five investors and judges on the show, which will award the winning contestant a shot at starting a restaurant chain. The show is also starting a series of open casting calls next week in New York.

"America's Next Great Restaurant" comes from "Top Chef" executive producers Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth. The show will put contestants through a series of tasks to discover the best restaurant concept. The five judges will also put up some of their own money to invest in the winning concept, which will launch in three cities.

Casting calls will take place in New York; Raleigh, N.C.; Nashville; Columbus, Ohio; Chicago; Kansas City, Kan.; Denver; and Los Angeles between March 19 and April 5. More information is at NBC.com.

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