'The Kitchen Job' Tuesdays, 7:30pm TV3 [New Zealand's answer to Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares without the cussing!]
The Kitchen Job, the new local series which sees restaurateur extraordinaire, John Palino saving restaurant and café owners from the brink of ruin!
The restaurant business is no place for dreamers or the inexperienced - every year in New Zealand hundreds of new restaurants and cafes open, and half of them fail within the first year.
Restaurateur extraordinaire Palino has the golden touch when it comes to turning around struggling establishments and educating the restaurant industry. He knows the industry inside and out. It's Palino’s passion for the restaurant business coupled with his talent and ability to jump in at the deep end and problem solve where desperate owners have failed, that will encapsulate The Kitchen Job!
The Kitchen Job Season 1 Episode 4 ( 02/Dec/08 ) – Vinnie's (Raglan)
"Located on New Zealand's rugged west coast, Raglan is an idyllic town known for its famous left hand surf break attracting surfers from all over the world, and home of 14 years to Vinnies, a restaurant suffering from a major identity crisis! Despite the seemingly Italian theme, there is nothing Italian about Vinnies except the white, red and green styling, the name and of course the odd slice of pizza, but that hasn't stop current owners Vito and Gina from dreaming big. 14 months ago they decided to adopt the New Zealand lifestyle and moved their family from New York to Raglan and take over Vinnies, but it hasn't gone at all to plan."