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Thursday, September 01, 2005 

Who Wants to Be a Food Critic?

It's lights, camera, action for aspiring restaurant critics

Every week, "Check, Please!" will ask three Bay Area food lovers (is that redundant?) to go on air and chew over their opinions of their favorite restaurant -- whether it's an elite spot like Michael Mina in San Francisco's Union Square or a down-home roadhouse like Uncle Frank's House of Bar-B-Que in Mountain View.

The show also will show whether the food-crazed of the Bay Area can be as spectacularly entertaining as their counterparts in Chicago, where the concept originated in 2001. About to enter its fifth season there, "Check, Please!" has a cult following and is hands-down the most popular local program in the history of WTTW, Chicago's public TV station.

In the Bay Area, KQED executives think "Check, Please!", which premieres Nov. 3, will be a monster hit.