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Restaurant Brokers Interview Mega Food Network Star Alton Brown

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Are you looking to franchise your company overseas? How do you know when you are ready? What are the challenges of international expansion versus domestic expansion and where can you get help? This week, the restaurant brokers along with CEO of Buffalo's Cafe and CEO of YoBlendz and JuiceBlendz tackle international franchising.

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Alton Brown
Alton Brown
Alton Brown is an American television personality, celebrity chef, author, actor, and cinematographer. He is the creator and host of the Food Network television show Good Eats, the mini-series Feasting on Asphalt and Feasting on Waves, and host and main commentator on Iron Chef America. Brown is also the author of several books on cookery. He brings a knowledge and enthusiasm for the science of cooking and food and a humorous approach to his shows.[ Bon Appetit magazine named him "Cooking Teacher of the Year" in 2004. He was named "Best Food Guru" by Atlanta magazine in 2005. In 2011, he won the James Beard Award for Best TV Food Personality. In October 2013, Alton launched "Alton Brown Live: The Edible Inevitable Tour," his first national tour visiting 45 cities through March 2014. The show includes stand-up comedy, talk show antics, a multimedia lecture, live music and "extreme" food experimentation.
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Patricia Katopes
Patricia Katopes
In 2011, Patricia Katopes began a new chapter in her life. After 15 years of marriage, she found herself a single mother of two children. Inspired by her love of all things creative and her passion for baking, she decided to pick up the whisk and start her own business, Patty Cakes Cupcakes. She held fast to the belief that if you "Do what you love, do what you're good at, and allow the rest to fall into place," things would turn out for the best. At an early age, Katopes had the curiosity for learning how to bake. She took classes as a child and decided that cake decorating was her favorite. After graduating with a degree in journalism, Katopes studied two years towards a masters in fine art from Georgia State University. Her educational foundation gave her a strong creative base with which to pursue her passions. Now, she continues to explore her creativity through her business, providing top-quality cupcakes and a sense of community to sweet-toothed customers all over Atlanta. On a whim, Katopes wanted to test her skills against the best in the business. She auditioned for Cupcake Wars in January of 2012 and was accepted for Season 6. After battling against more experienced bakers, all of which were judged by a panel of experts, Katopes was declared the winner of The Food Network Cupcake Wars episode 8. Her show aired on August 5th, 2012 at 8pm. As the victor, Katopes received $10,000 along with showcasing her winning creations at Wildaid black-tie gala held in San Francisco, May 2012. Katopes is also hoping to compete in the upcoming season of Cupcake Champions, which pits sixteen Cupcake Wars winners against each other for a chance to be named the Ultimate Cupcake Champion. The single winner will receive $50,000 and showcase his or her creations at a high-profile event. Her success serves as an ideal catalyst for her continued growth as a baker and business owner. She has recently added actress and spokesperson to her resume, booking an AT & T commercial on her third audition! Currently, she lives in Marietta, Georgia with her daughter, Katherine (16), and her son, Michael (11). A talented artist with a discerning eye, Katopes continues to explore her passions for interior design and canvas painting.
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