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Bobby Flay is leaving the kitchen behind and hitting the road as a judge on NBC's new competition series, America's Next Great Restaurant.

Flay will serve as a judge, investor and mentor to contestants vying to open restaurants in three U.S. cities. Flay, who stars on Food Network's Iron Chef America, will help kick off open casting calls in New York on March 19. Flay and company will visit Raleigh, N.C., Nashville, Tenn., Columbus, Ohio, Kansas City, Kan., Denver, Colo., before closing out on April 5 in Los Angeles.

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The new series, from the producers of Top Chef, will premiere next season.

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