He pulled few punches on Food Network Canada show Restaurant Makeover, helping struggling restaurant owners and their chefs boost business, and it’s unlikely things will be much different as Toronto chef David Adjey tackles the topic from the opposite end on his new show The Opener. Premiering Aug. 31 on Food Network Canada, The Opener will follow Adjey – who is a restaurant consultant as well as a chef – as he assists entrepreneurs opening their first restaurants. Adjey will help so-called ‘wide-eyed restaurant rookies,’ who will range from frat boys to ex-nightclub promoters, run the gauntlet of management, menus, floor plans and staffing. Thirteen 60-minute episodes have been scheduled, a spokesperson for the network says. The show’s microsite is a priority for the Food Network’s online strategy for fall, and will feature full episodes, follow-ups on restaurants profiled and tips from Adjey himself, who will be a featured blogger.
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