Check, Please! Bay Area

Check, Please! Bay Area began its ninth season on KQED April 3, 2014. The success of Check, Please! Bay Area has added a new dimension to the famous Bay Area restaurant scene, as regular diners become amateur food critics of popular and hidden local restaurants. With more and more people clamoring to share their favorites combined with the never-ending supply of great Bay Area dining, the eighth season of Check, Please! Bay Area promises to be even tastier than the first seven.

Every week, Check, Please! Bay Area features three guests who are local diners, not professional restaurant critics. Each guest chooses their favorite restaurant and the other two guests visit that restaurant under total anonymity — the restaurants are not notified that Check, Please! “reviewers” are dining there. After trying each others restaurant recommendations, the guests come on the show to discuss, dispute, and celebrate their dining experiences. The panel of diners is moderated by host Leslie Sbrocco, an award-winning author, wine connoisseur, newspaper columnist, and speaker. At the end of the show, each restaurant is rated based on the panelists’ comments.

The concept was originated by David Manilow, the executive producer for the original version of the program, based in Chicago. Now entering its seventh season as the highest-rated local program on public television station WTTW in Chicago, Check, Please! enjoys a huge fan base with 300,000 weekly viewers.

Once again the food is shot entirely in high definition making each forkful mouthwateringly tempting.

On this website you can watch the episodes online, download the video podcasts to your computer or ipod, read guest reviews, get restaurant information and recipes, add your comments on the program and restaurants, watch wine tips from Leslie Sbrocco and apply to be a Check, Please! Bay Area guest.

With some of the world’s best chefs basing their landmark restaurants in this region and a wealth of locally grown produce and ingredients, the Bay Area is a foodie’s paradise. San Francisco and the surrounding areas offer a diverse selection of ethnic epicurean delights, as well as California cuisine, invented here by pioneers of organic cooking. Check, Please! Bay Area continues to explore this fantastic world of food through local diners ready to dish about their favorite neighborhood places.

Support for Check, Please! Bay Area is provided by the Members of KQED.

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