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Eric Powell from "America's Next Great Restaurant" is one of the contestants in the NBC reality competition series. He is a 28-year-old financial manager at Deloitte in Nashville, Tennessee. His restaurant concept is called Meltworks.

Eric Powell has been starting businesses and learning new things since he was a kid. His father is a judge, and his grandfather was a Republican congressman during the Nixon/Ford years. Powell's mother is still holding out hope that he will attend law school, but
Eric Powell in "America's Next Great Restaurant"
Eric Powell America's Next Great Restaurant
for now, he is directing his creative juices elsewhere. The restaurant business is appealing to Powell because it combines many of his passions—food, finance, design, music—and it allows him to create an experience that he can share. Though Powell is an outsider to the business, he's studied it inside and out, which allows him a unique perspective. Meltworks has been Powell's obsession for the past several years, and it would be crushing to him if it didn't exist beyond the pages of his business plan. Powell's plan of attack came during a drunken brainstorm with best friends, to liberate them from corporate misery. They decided on a concept based around the simple idea of the grown-up grilled cheese sandwich. Instead of wonder bread and Kraft singles, Meltworks features the use of top-notch ingredients like Gruyere, fresh veggies, all-natural meats and freshly baked breads.

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Where does Eric Powell live? Find out here.

Age: ∼33 years old
Current Residence: Nashville, TN

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