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East Tennessee mom in Food Network finals

GREENVILLE, TN -- Greenville, Tenn. resident Jan Charles is one of nine chefs competing to test her cooking and business skills on Food Network for the Executive chef position in Las Vegas.

In a new series, Restaurant Express, premiering Sunday, November 3rd at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network Chef Robert Irving heads to Las Vegas to give nine chefs a chance at fulfilling their lifelong dream of launching a restaurant in Sin City. Over the course of seven episodes the chefs will visit different cities and locations traveling aboard the Restaurant Express bus, competing in challengers that test their culinary skills and business savvy as potential restaurateurs. After each challenge Robert will review their performance, with one chef being eliminated each episode. The final contestant standing wins an opportunity to help launch and become the executive chef of a restaurant at the M Resort Spa Casino, just minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip.

Jan, 44, is a home cook and longtime Food Network fan. In addition to providing for her own four children, she is now mother to her three nieces and nephews, and hopes that a restaurant would offer her new opportunities for financial growth.

In the premiere episode, Robert Irvine welcomes the nine chefs and aspiring restaurateurs to Las Vegas as they board the Restaurant Express bus. Right away the contestants realize there are only eight beds on the bus as they must pitch themselves and their dream restaurant concept to Robert. One chef's vision comes up short as they fail to make it aboard and are left behind as the journey begins. For the next challenge, the competitors are charged with creating a restaurant with only $500 and six hours before they'll be serving to a hungry crowd of 250 people. The challenge is all about profit, and Robert tells the contestants that the bottom three earners will have to face him in a review. Robert decides which other contestant will be sent home, with the remaining seven one step closer to their dream.

Published October 18, 2013

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