The Restaurant opens its many doors for a third series, as world-renowned chef, Raymond Blanc, along with partners David Moore and Sarah Willingham, is on the hunt for a couple to back in a new venture. This time, all three are investing their own money in the winners' restaurant, so the stakes are high from the off. For the nine couples picked to take part, it is an opportunity to change their lives forever, and among the pairs ready to prove they have the recipe for success are best friends, husband-and-wife teams, a mother and son, and army colleagues. But with the restaurant industry going through tough times, it's going to be harder than ever for the couples to prove they can succeed. Called to Bristol to meet Blanc they are introduced to the world of the high street restaurant. They are given just one hour to cook a dish that sells their culinary skills as well as their vision for a restaurant.