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March 4, 2014 > Food Court Wars invades NewPark Mall

Food Court Wars invades NewPark Mall

By Miriam G. Mazliach

The city of Newark Òwent HollywoodÓ when the Food Network came to NewPark Mall on February 27th, to film an episode of Food Court Wars. Over 500 curious and hungry locals showed up to sample the food from the two competing teams. The television series is filmed at various malls across the country.

ÒThis is important for our city and an exciting event,Ó said Newark Mayor Al Nagy, Òand brings something different to our community.Ó

The premise of the show is that two teams, each with a strong desire to open their own food court restaurant, develop their own unique and tasty menu concept. Popular Food Network star, chef and restaurant owner, Tyler Florence hosts the show and serves as a mentor.

Those who attend the screening event are asked to indicate their preference, choosing between the two teams when selecting meal items to sample.

For the winning team, the prize is the opportunity of a lifetime - a year lease of a food court restaurant at the mall, paid in full, valued at $100,000.

Secrecy was the word as all attendees who came to sample the food items were required to sign non-disclosure forms and had their picture taken. Until the show airs, no one is allowed to disclose the food served or outcome of the contest.

Food Court Wars is currently airing on the Food Network; the NewPark Mall episode is scheduled for April. An official announcement of the winner will not be made until then. YouÕll just have to watch to find out who wins!

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