I’m, admittedly, a terrible cook, but I love food and TV shows about food so I was very excited when last night a new show debuted on Food Network and it was filmed right here in Fort Myers.

“Big Restaurant Bet” is set at the beautiful Luminary Hotel in Downtown Fort Myers and has eight chefs from across the US competing for a chance to open their own restaurant backed by chef and restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian.

I love a good competition, and last night’s episode had the chefs making a dish that sums up the concept for their restaurant in one bite, and also cooking a chicken with a side dish in the style of their restaurant. If only there was smell-o-vision, because these dishes looked GREAT! And also the setting for the show in our paradise can’t be beat!

“Big Restaurant Bet” airs Tuesday night at 10pm ET on Food Network and also streaming on Discovery+.

Photos of The Luminary Hotel in Downtown Fort Myers:


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Marija was born and raised in Illinois, but moved to Florida in 2018. She loves dogs, kayaking, concerts, beachin', checking out new restaurants & is always planning her next vacation. Follow her on Instagram @marija127