"Mystery Diners"™an American television program airing on The Food Network
cable channel. It is a "reality" show based on "Charles Stiles" and his
so-called investigative team; they are hired by restaurants to conduct
surveillance and investigate "problem" employees.
The purpose of this web site is to expose this show as the fakery and sham that it is.
UPDATE for 2016: Yes, Mystery Diners still appears to be fake!
We received a "tip" from a source close to the show that Charles Stiles has made about "two million dollars" from the show, and laughs behind the scenes about the people who think it is real. A few lawsuits have been filed but Stiles has "very good lawyers" and seems "untouchable".
"The scam just continues," said our source close to the show. Sadly, people don't realize it and believe it's real. The restaurants involved should be ashamed of themselves! See the list below of restaurants that have partaken in the scam.
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Mystery Diners is marketed and sold to the public as a legitimate, straightforward production. Nowhere is there any disclaimer that the events being portrayed as "reality" are in fact utterly fraudulent and faked. However, a great deal of evidence (see below) suggests the show is entirely faked -- so much so, it is an inescapable conclusion that the show is a farce and a deception.
Our purpose is not to malign The Food Network or the show itself -- they are free to produce whatever they wish and market it was they wish, and viewers will decide whether to watch it or not. Rather, we wish to expose the restaurants who participate in this fraud and profit from it.
Charles Stiles and his dubious "team"
It should be noted the managers and owners of these restaurants usually appear in each show and appear to be acting and going along with the faked events. We believe they are either paid to go along with the show, or they forgo their scruples and integrity for the free publicity.
We do not believe any restaurants who have participated in the "Mystery Diners" show deserve any business. They need to be exposed and made known to the public. If this kind of sleazy business practice continues, you may find yourself eating in a restaurant soon that uses fake marketing techniques to boost their image and rankings on review sites like Yelp.
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Based on numerous industry sources who have contacted us, the following are FACTS:
Methods used to stage and fake the show
Willing managers and owners
Every main "character" is wearing a microphone
The so-called "hidden" cameras are props
The SF Weekly exposed the fraud in a columnpublished December, 20th, 2011. At the time, they assumed the show would be cancelled; instead, it's been renewed for multiple seasons and appears as a rerun throughout the week on Food Network and is available on On Demand services.
The Phoenix New Times featured an article on June 29th, 2012, detailing how the show is doing harm to communities, outraging locals, staging shows and hiring actors. Businesses gained a clear advantage over competitors through fraud.
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