Do you have a dream kitchen? The Kavourakis brothers from Livingston do. It’s a modern diner called Jaks. And now you can watch them whip up Greek family traditions when "Restaurant Battle" heats up the Food Network for Season 2.
Renowned chef Scott Conant (owner and executive chef of Scarpetta) challenges dueling duos of hopeful restaurateurs to an intense 24 Hour Restaurant Battle
"Battle of Family Traditions" will feature Livingston brothers Alexi Kavourakis, a compliance representative at Standard Chartered Bank, and Jonathan Kavourakis, a cook at Commerce Restaurant in New York City's West Village. They’ll be channeling their Greek family traditions into a modern diner called Jaks Diner. The episode will air Thursday, April 28 at 10 p.m.
They’re going against best friends Hope Billings, a Verizon call center manager in Livingston, and Natalie Stephenson, executive assistant at an asset management company in Philadelphia. The friends overcome personal battles in hopes of opening Savor, an upscale and modern restaurant with traditional Southern specialties.
The two teams will have 24 hours to conceive, plan and open their own dream restaurants for one night. When the doors open, each restaurant serves a discerning group of diners along with Scott Conant and a rotating panel of judges representing three areas of expertise: restaurant marketer, restaurant reviewer, and restaurant investor. Based on the restaurant's concept, execution, and viability, the judges choose a winning team who receive $10,000 seed money toward realizing their dream.
How do the Kavourakis brothers do? Can Hope Billings' friendship survive? Stay tuned. You can read more here.