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New Jersey Restaurant Owner to Appear on New Food Network Competition Series

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    A New Jersey restaurant owner is taking on some heavy competition on Guy Fieri’s new Food Network show.

    Dariany Santana of Kenilworth has been selected to compete on Fieri’s “Guy’s Big Project,” a new reality competition series that is bringing on contestants to pitch ideas for food travel shows, according to NJ.com. The winner will have their pitch made into a series for Food Network.

    Santana and her father opened Cha Cha Cha Cuban Café last year leading her to her pitch on the new show. She was chosen ahead of thousands of other entries, NJ.com reports. She wanted to travel around the country to visit family-owned restaurants and inspire others to open family-owned businesses.

    "I would love to be like a female Anthony Bourdain-Guy Fieri meets Ellen DeGeneres," Santana told NJ Advance Media.

    Countdown begins...#GuysBigProject airs in less than two weeks on @foodnetwork

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    The show is a six-episode journey that documents the development of each hopeful’s initial pitch, the Food Network says on its website. “Guy’s Big Project” airs Nov. 5, according to a post from Fieri’s verified Instagram account.