TV's 'The Food Network' opens first restaurant in Florida

TV's 'The Food Network' opens first restaurant in Florida

Debuting at the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport last week, The Food Network Kitchen is described as a fast-casual restaurant and gourmet market inspired by the real test kitchens at the specialty channel.

Menu items are made with sustainable and organic ingredients and feature snacks, drinks and baked goods from South Florida’s leading food artisans.

Made-to order options include a Cuban breakfast burrito, steel-cut oatmeal with dried tropical fruit, a Florida shrimp Po’Boy (traditional submarine sandwich), black beans and rice burger with ‘mojo’ mayo, and a citrus Cobb salad.

Their takeaway selection, meanwhile, includes a goat cheese, watercress and fennel sandwichand baby kale salad.

Laid out like a test kitchen, the restaurant features stainless steel surfaces, a butcher block bar counter, and TV monitors which broadcast Food Network shows.

With a reach of 100 million US households and an average of 9.9 million monthly unique visitors to their website, The Food Network is credited with nearly singlehandedly launching the food TV phenomenon, making celebrities out of chefs and birthing the popularity of reality, cooking competition throwdowns.

Chefs and recognizable brands have increasingly been eying the international scope of airports to expand their presence.

British chef Jamie Oliver, for instance – who has been a Food Network fixture – opened his first restaurant at Gatwick Airport in London this year, vintage-style eatery Union Jacks.

Gordon Ramsay, another British culinary heavyweight, also has an airport eatery called Gordon Ramsay Plane Food in Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport.