Nieporent, Samuelsson, and Conant Judge on ‘24-Hour Restaurant Battle’

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On the heels of that MasterChef trailer, the Food Network is circulating a promo for Scott Conants new show, 24-Hour Restaurant Battle, wherein teams of aspiring restaurateurs compete against each other for seed money by opening a restaurant concept within 24 hours. Judges include Marcus Samuelsson, Geoffrey Zakarian, Drew Nieporent, Jason Denton, and writers and publicists like Ben Leventhal and Alison Brod. Its kind of like Top Chefs Restaurant Wars meets Chopping Block meets Hells Kitchen meets etc. etc. The lines in the promo are pretty choice: I can do it, and I dont have to be afraid anymore!; Im 100 percent man Im not going to say pretty please at this point. There is outrage over stemmy arugula, and yes, there are tears. The series premieres with a sneak peek on July 18 at 10 p.m.