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How is Dirty Dining made? Watch an exclusive behind the scenes

Learn how the restaurants are selected
Posted at 11:56 AM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-31 14:56:06-04

From emails to our news desk to comments on Facebook, one of the most frequent questions we get at KTNV is "How does Darcy Spears choose the restaurants shown on Dirty Dining?"

Here's a step-by-step look at the process of how the restaurants are selected and a behind the scenes look at the Dirty Dining production process.

  • Each week we make a request for public records to get the restaurant health inspection reports from the Southern Nevada Health District. We ask for a list of all restaurants that were inspected the previous week.
  • We read the report and select the restaurants with the highest number of demerits and restaurants with closures.
  • For those specific restaurants, we make a second public records report for those individual inspection reports and photos. Nevada state law requires us to give any entity 5 working days to respond or process a public records request.
  • We review the photos and inspection reports and plan to shoot the Dirty Dining segment on Mondays. Due to our time frame, you won't see restaurants listed on the current week's inspection reports because the information we have is from the previous week.
  • Darcy Spears writes the story and the footage is edited to air on 13 Action News on Wednesday nights.

The health district reports determine which restaurants are featured on Dirty Dining based on the number of demerits and closures. Watch the video below to learn more about the process.