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Emmy Award-winning series Check, Please! Arizona invites Arizona residents to recommend locally owned restaurants to be reviewed on show

PHOENIX -- (June 24, 2014) Eight, Arizona PBS is issuing a call for nominations of local and independently owned Arizona restaurants to be featured on its Emmy Award-winning restaurant review series Check, Please! Arizona. Producers of the weekly show will choose a trio of guests who will each dine at the three local Arizona restaurants they recommended to each other, then review them in a roundtable discussion with series host Robert McGrath, an internationally acclaimed James Beard Award-winning chef. The series creators seek to continue expanding the show’s featured dining-out destinations beyond the borders of the Phoenix metro area, having visited Flagstaff, Winslow, Jerome and Sedona in prior seasons.

“When we ask for nominations, we take everything into consideration. We try to group together trios of guest reviewers and restaurants in a way that offers variety in every episode,” said Scott Wallin, producer of Check, Please! Arizona. “Restaurants must be in business for three years and cannot be national chains; otherwise, we just want to make the program as entertaining and diverse as possible for our viewers.”

New episodes for Season 5 are scheduled to begin taping in July, and the new season is scheduled to launch January 8, 2015 at 7 p.m. Check, Please! Arizona continuously accepts and reviews restaurant nominations; however, nominations submitted by July 31, 2014 have the best chance to be included in Season 5.
Details about the show and nomination rules are available on Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona website at

Check, Please! Arizona airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m. on Eight, Arizona PBS, hosted by James Beard Award-winning chef Robert McGrath, whom Food & Wine magazine ranked among the “Ten Best Chefs in America.” McGrath offers his culinary insights each week, as he leads guest reviewers in a roundtable discussion about the restaurants they have visited, based on recommendations from their fellow guests.

An Eight original production made possible by, Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers, Lawns By Les, LLC and Safeway.

Check, Please! is a registered service mark of Check, Please! LLC.

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