|My Restaurant Rules|
|Presented by||Curtis Stone (series 1)|
Ian 'Dicko' Dickson (series 2)
Cindy Sargon (series 1) Caterina Borsato (series 2)
|Opening theme||"We Used to Be Friends" by The Dandy Warhols|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||63|
|Running time||60 minutes (including commercials)|
|Original network||Seven Network|
|First shown in||2004|
|Original release||15 February 2004 -|
29 May 2005
|Related shows||My Kitchen Rules|
The series pits five couples, one each from Australia's five largest cities, to compete against each other in opening a successful restaurant.
In initial episodes of the show the couples are given a vacated restaurant space in their home city that must be renovated. They also compete for additional money that can be used for renovation from a panel of judges based on a presentation of their mission statement and plan for their proposed restaurant. The judges also make further appearances later on in the series in both critiquing the restaurants and offering rewards to the contestants.
After a number of weeks the elimination process begins in which the restaurants (and their owners) are reviewed and judged for nomination. The nominated restaurants then compete for votes from a phone poll, with the victor moving on and the loser being forced to shut down. This process continues until a single competing restaurant remains.
Despite the process of elimination that sees almost all competing restaurants shut down, every restaurant featured in the programme was successful and operated in the black. This may be because of the exposure the restaurants are given via the show. Moreover, some eliminated restaurants managed to re-open at new locations.
The first series of My Restaurant Rules aired in 2004 and featured the five following restaurants and couples:
In UK and Ireland, this series aired on Good Food. In Poland, this series aired on Viacom Blink.
Series one hosted by Curtis Stone.
The second series of My Restaurant Rules aired in 2005 and featured the six following restaurants and couples:
In the series finale, Adelaide's The Greedy Goose and owners John and Justine were declared the winners, beating Evan and Bella of Sydney's Pink Salt.
In late 2005, Seven announced in their Seven in 2006 brief on their corporate site that they were developing new episodes of My Restaurant Rules to broadcast sometime in 2006. However, no new series of the show materialised during the year. When Seven released their Seven in 2007 brief in late 2006 or Seven released their Seven in 2008 brief in late 2007, My Restaurant Rules was not mentioned at all.
In 2010, the Seven Network considered reviving the format to cash in on the success of Network Ten's MasterChef Australia. This came in the form of the My Kitchen Rules series. In 2015, Seven produced a new restaurant reality show, known as Restaurant Revolution, which lasted only one season.
In early 2005, series one contestants Ash and Amanda of Room Nineteen discovered that the site that had been allocated to them by Seven was booked to be demolished in December. They were unable to sell the restaurant due to a clause in a contract they signed and the cost of moving the restaurant to another location was too high, so Room Nineteen closed its doors in June 2005.
In contrast, the series two winning restaurant The Greedy Goose continued to stay in business for several years after the show. However, in February 2009 they declared that they would be closing up business after an unsuccessful attempt to open a second restaurant in the beachside suburb of Glenelg. The poor performance of the second restaurant (focusing on gourmet hamburgers) and the 'harsh economic times' put the winning couple into a position, they couldn't recover from.
In addition, despite Sydney's defeat in series two, contestants Evan and Bella of Pink Salt opened a new restaurant (under the same name) on 22 March 2006, at a new location in Double Bay from the original suburb of Manly. They were featured as one of the best restaurants in Australia. The new restaurant also includes a cocktail bar and is currently having more success than it did on the television series.
Evan bought Bella's share of the business in 2010. Pink Salt in Double Bay has been operating since 2005 and Evan now runs Pink Salt on his own. In October 2014 Evan temporarily closed Pink Salt for a complete renovation, new concept, new style of food and with a new team. The restaurant has received great reviews and this new Pink Salt seems to be thriving. The Sunday telegraph reviewer rated the restaurant very highly. Apart from Pink Salt, none of the other restaurants in series 1 or 2 are still operating.
vtm started broadcasting Mijn Restaurant (My Restaurant) on 4 March 2008. The show is presented by Rani De Coninck. Five couples started their own restaurant in Leuven, Ghent, Hasselt, Antwerpen or Oostende. The jury consists of the famous Belgian chef Peter Goossens, the head editor of the culinary magazine "Ambiance" Dirk De Prins and the General Manager of a hotel Christel Cabanier. Leuven won this season.
vtm started broadcasting the second season of "Mijn Restaurant"("My Restaurant") on 3 March 2009. Restaurant "Dell'Anno" (Kortrijk) with Claudio and Gaëlle won. As after winning they started renovating earlier than the counsel allowed them, works were put on hold. November the restaurant opened again. As it is such a success, no closingdays. "Bigarreaux" (Sint Truiden) with Tom and Ann were runner-up. They have recently opened a new restaurant.
The serie aired for 4 consecutive seasons till 2011 and was followed up in 2014 by serie 'Mijn Pop-uprestaurant' till 2017. Similar to Restaurant Revolution the restaurants in this reality serie were constructed out of shipping containers.
Mein Restaurant (My Restaurant), began airing on 10 October 2008, with subsequent episodes airing every Tuesday and Friday at 20:15. The series premiered on VOX with five couples from Munich, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg and Leipzig. The Munich team from the "Grinsekatze" restaurant won the first and only season contest.
The first season of Mijn Tent is Top (My Shed is Best) started on 18 January 2007. The winners of the first season was "Coquille" in Den Bosch. The second season was aired in 2008 and "Flinstering" in Breda was the big winner. In 2009, "De Pastinaeck" in Amersfoort won this third season. RTL 4 broadcast the series and it was presented by Herman den Blijker.
A series with a similar format entitled "The Restaurant" in the UK first aired on BBC Two in 2007. A group of couples compete for the chance to set up a restaurant financially backed and personally supported by French chef Raymond Blanc. The winning couple are given their own restaurant to run, in Oxfordshire, near to Blanc's own Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons. The serie aired for 3 seasons.