What if you took Kitchen Nightmares and removed Gordon Ramsay? What if, instead of basing your restaurant improvement show around your host’s expertise, can’t-look-away vulgar tirades, and non-stop hustle, you centered everything around fussy Yelp customer reviews? Wonder no more, friends, because Yelp and the Food Network are partnering to put just such a series on your TV screen. It’s called Help My Yelp and premieres April 10th.
The show is hosted by Monti Carlo, herself a skilled chef and top 5 contender from Master Chef season three. “I feel strongly that we’ve made a difference in every restaurant that’s opened its doors to us,” Carlo wrote in a blog post confirming the show. Here’s the big pitch:
So she’ll be visiting restaurants that’ve been panned on Yelp by the app’s most ardent users. She’ll watch hidden camera footage to see what’s causing all those one-star reviews, and then use her own know-how to turn things around before a second group of Yelp’s Elite Squad users return for a final verdict.
Help My Yelp has actually been in the works for over a year and was originally called 12 Hungry Yelpers when the Food Network first announced it last March. I hate to rag on the thing too much, as it’s the culmination of a 17-year dream for host Carlo, but some of those reviews can be Gordon Ramsay levels of mean without the “there’s some semblance of a good person under there” counterbalance. Hopefully the show focuses on the funny, reasonable ones. Will I still stream the first episode either way? Almost definitely.