On last night’s episode of Food Network “Mystery Diners” was titled, “Surprise Twists.” Charles Stiles gave the top ten in descending order of the “Mystery Diners” episodes that he was called in for that had surprise twists that nobody saw coming.
10. Victory in New Orleans, Louisiana. Owner Daniel Victory called in Charles when he found out that his signature cocktail, the Gas Mask was being served in neighboring bars. But Daniel found out that a stranger was using his restaurant’s VIP room during the night. It was his manager and server who were fired on the spot when their scheme was discovered.
9. Cheeseburger Baby in Miami, Florida. Stephanie & Danielle called in Charles because of a problem with a server who served time in prison. What they learned was he was being framed by another coworker.
8. Geppino’s Sicilian Kitchen in Moorpark, California. Owners Joe and Fran believed their daughter’s boyfriend Mac was stealing from customers. The reason he was disliked by Joe was because he was dating their daughter. However, the real thief was a kindly old man named Hal, who worked part-time in the restaurant.
7. Toast & Tartine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Owner Cara Benson believed her French restaurant, and American restaurant were sabotaging each other. She was shocked to know that she has unwillingly hired one of the “Mystery Diners” most infamous of criminals caught in another sting in New Orleans a while back. However, upon further investigation, she was not doing anything wrong and has been a good employee. Another server named Tiffany was placing to go orders that were not real orders.
6. Pelons Tex-Mex Restaurant in Austin, Texas. Doug Guller was shocked to see that his employees were soliciting for an unauthorized charity. So Charles sent in a “Mystery Diner” to donate $100 if someone shaved their head. The twist was that it was a real charity, but the servers went about it in the wrong way.
5. Sergio’s Italian Gardens Ristorante in Las Vegas, Nevada. Owner Rosalie Napoli and her fiancé needed help from Charles because of the pianist who played in their restaurant and argued with the magician. Charles helped them get to the bottom of their problem when a waiter was playing one against the other. When the twist was discovered, the waiter was fired.
4. Zippy’s Giant Burgers in Seattle, Washington. Owner Blaine Cook reached out to “Mystery Diners” when he received complaints that his mascot, Zippy the Yum-Yum Burger Boy was being rude to customers. Aaron was letting his obnoxious friend sub for him while he took care of his sick mother. Aaron got another chance, but his friend was banned from the restaurant.
3. The Russican in Los Angeles, California. Joey Shea was opening his Russian-Mexican fusion eatery but needed help doing background checks on his two Russian business partners. Nothing they told him panned out, so he needed Charles to help. After the sting, he found out that they were buying food from two other restaurants, and neither was Russian.
2. Taverni Mazi in Seattle, Washington. Owner Dmitri contacted Charles because he believed the restaurant was haunted. However, the real ghost was two employees, Andrew and Edgar. The two used the restaurant to lure women to the fake ghost over the restaurant. When customers heard the bloodcurdling screams coming from upstairs as the young women were scared, the restaurant was no longer a place they wanted to eat. Both pranksters were fired.
1. Riemma Kitchen Warehouse in Los Angeles, California. Luca Riemma sought help from Charles because his prized kitchen equipment was reported to be used, when it was supposed to be brand new. His security guard Robert is supposed to be a pit-bull, and the security cameras have facial-recognizing software. If anyone who the camera does not recognize walks past the cameras, Luca gets a phone call. The reason why Luca never heard a thing was because Luca was a triplet, and his two brothers were using the appliances to operate their own bakery. When Luca and Charles came into the warehouse, the three brothers were caught. These unusual twists were nipped in the bud and solved thanks to Charles and his staff of “Mystery Diners.”