Dinner: Impossible

Food Network (ended 2010)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 8 : Ep 13

    Spring Training Tangle

    Aired 7/7/10

  • S 8 : Ep 12

    Mission in the Mud

    Aired 6/30/10

  • S 8 : Ep 11

    Caffeine Crash

    Aired 6/23/10

  • S 8 : Ep 10

    Judgment Day

    Aired 6/16/10

  • S 8 : Ep 9

    Speed Dating Downfall

    Aired 6/9/10

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Irvine


  • Michael Symon


  • George Galati

    Sous Chef

  • George Kralle

    Sous Chef

  • David Britton (II)

    Sous Chef

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  • With extraordinary skill and delicious results, Chef Robert Irvine delivers remarkable menus for either small groups or big crowds every week in spite of tremendous obstacles. In each mission, Chef Irvine is faced with culinary challenges that are unique to Dinner: Impossible in which he must overcome time restrictions, weather, personnel shortages, and interesting hurdles characteristic to the show, and creates a real risk that he may not complete his challenge. Broadcast History: Seasons 1-4 Master Chef Robert Irvine is presented with an unusual culinary challenge each week. Will he be able to come up with an authentic 18th century meal? Will he be able to create a rich culinary experience for 150 passengers on a luxury train? Watch one of the most respected and talented chefs in the world works with his two sous chefs, George and George, as he overcomes obstacles and delivers a culinary masterpiece. Broadcast Time: 10 p.m. Wednesdays E/P (Seasons 1-3 half-hour, Season 4 one hour) Season 5 Iron Chef and Restaurateur Michael Symon (Lola and Lolita in Cleveland, Ohio) takes on brand new challenges in season five, along with his sous chefs, Tim and Greg. Watch as this Culinary Institute of America graduate is challenged with missions most chefs would run from screaming, and enjoy the new rebel attitude as Michael and his Harley ride into each impossible dinner challenge. Broadcast Time: 10 p.m. Wednesdays E/P (half-hour) Seasons 6-8 Chef Robert Irvine returns to the show and is met with harder challenges and even more difficult venues for his trouble. These seasons included trips to the X Games, a roulette wheel that determined the number of diners, cooking for television casts and football teams, a fundraiser, and many more. Through it all, Irvine tried to maintain his cool and give everyone the culinary event of their lives. Broadcast Time: 10 p.m. Wednesdays E/P (one hour) Program Notes Robert Irvine was released after resumé discrepancies were exposed by Florida's St. Petersburg Times on February 17, 2008. He had taped three of the 13 one-hour episodes that had been ordered, which were burned off during the summer of 2008. The Food Network hired a new host, Michael Symon, and ordered 10 half-hour episodes that aired near the end of the summer 2008, although early press claimed these episodes would be one hour in length. Dinner: Impossible with Chef Symon at the helm took a slightly different tone, which illustrated the differences between a restaurateur caterer and an event chef. Fewer dishes were produced in each episode, and Michael's laid-back attitude was poles apart from Robert's highly charged delivery. On November 20, 2008, 15 days after Symon's fifth episode, The Food Network quietly released a written statement that Robert Irvine would return the following March with six one-hour episodes, although the date was pushed to April 2009. In a Cleveland.com interview on November 21, 2008, Simon indicated he knew when he accepted the job that it was almost certain that it would be for one season, but his contract prevented him from discussing it until after the announcement.moreless

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  • Quotes (78)

    • Fred: (of the Filet Mignon) As you know, I eat a lot. And this, I'm not kidding, is probably the best steak I've ever had by far. It's simply amazing.

    • Irvine: The chef's jacket is like a coat of arms; it makes you who you are. It turns me into this very prim and proper English guy who has no nonsense.

    • Irvine: Filet. It's the tenderest piece of meat there is, and it always amazes me that people marinate it – and you don't need to – you spoil a perfectly good piece of meat.

    • Irvine: George is a little slow today, but we'll hurry him up in a minute. George: (chuckling) I love you too, chef.

    • Irvine: (after cutting himself while peeling mangoes) People think that professionals don't cut their fingers and burn their hands; let me tell you, they do, you just don't see it.

    • Cheerleaders: F-A-S-T-E-R… Cook faster!

    • Irvine: (of the tailgaters) And what if they don't give me anything? Anthony: That's not my problem, that's on you.

    • Guest: I was expecting chicken potpie, which is the classic dish… this is not your typical island meal, I do want to say that.

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    Notes (79)

    • Knowlton Mansion, the site for the event, is a nineteenth century estate designed in 1879 by the architect Frank Furness. The mansion has been restored and additions added by a catering company who uses it as one of their venues.

    • Also Featured: Paula and Fred – Bride and Groom Christina W. – Event Manager The Knowlton Boys – Kitchen Staff

    • Special Thanks to: Knowlton Mansion.

    • Also Featured: Anthony Dagrosa – Eagles Marketing Coordinator Michael Malo – Director of Marketing for The Philadelphia Eagles Peter Kleiner – General Manager & Vice President of WYSP Cecil Martin – Former Philadelphia Eagles Running Back Michael Barkann – Comcast SportsNet Anchor Tammy Reid – Wife of Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach

    • Special Thanks to: the National Football League and the Philadelphia Eagles.

    • This episode's venue, Little Cranberry Island, also known as Islesford, Maine, is an approximately 200 acre island three miles off the coast of Acadia National Park. The island has a long fishing and boating history and fishing is still a major source of income. The golf carts and bicycles seen throughout the episode are part of a community resolution to reduce waste and pollution to preserve both the island and the fishing waters.

    • Also Featured: Joy – Cranberry Island Post Mistress Erin – Islesford Market Owner

    • Also Featured: Barbara – 18th Century Food Historian Susan – Scullery Maid Chrissy – Scullery Maid

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    Trivia (50)

    • Dishes Featured: Hors d'Oeuvres Tuna Tartare with Caviar Brie and Strawberries Scallops and Guacamole Sesame Chicken Satay Duck and White Bean Confit Beef and Red Onion Marmalade Goat Cheese Tartlets Shrimp and Crab Cakes Salad Apple Flan and Candied Walnuts Entrées Blue Cheese Crusted Filet Mignon Mahi-Mahi with Saffron Risotto Chicken Roulade with Prosciutto Smoked Vegetable Crêpes Side Dish Roasted Corn Potato Hash Desserts Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brûlée

    • Reception Dishes: Entrées Rosewood Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork Hot Balsamic Chicken Wings Beer Can Roasted Herbed Chicken Manila Clams with Garlic Beer Sauce Pork Chops with Long Hots and Yellow Peppers Sirloin Steak Blackened Shrimp & Pepper Kabobs Sweet & Savory Italian Sausage with Peppers Mussels with Mock Marinara Dry Pack Scallops with Bacon Roquefort Stuffed Burgers (lost, not served) Spicy BBQ Chicken Ginger Marinated Roasted Root Vegetables Bratwurst (burned, not served) Desserts Strawberry Shortcake Fresh Fruit Salad Chocolate Pies (not shown) Plain Cheese Cake (not shown) Brownies/Cookies (not shown)

    • Ingredients and Equipment Acquired: (for $150 & 3 Eagles' Team Jackets) 4 Grills, Skewers Hamburger Patties Scallops, Shrimp, Clams, Mussels Bacon Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms, Garlic Chicken Wings, Whole Chickens Pork Chops Beer Balsamic Vinegar, Hot Sauce, Ketchup, Mustard Fruit Eggplant, Tomatoes Pound Cake Rolls

    • Graphics had a rough time this episode: Hanger Steak was spelled Hangaer and Hangar Haricots Verts was spelled Hericots Melon Apple was spelled Mellon

    • Supper Dishes: Salads Indian Spiced Corn Salad Watermelon & Tomato (not shown) Three Bean Salad Haricots Verts Salad Three Cabbage Cole Slaw Tossed Garden Salad (not shown) Roasted Beets & Bermuda Onions Salad Red Bliss & Mustard Potato Salad Entrées Jerk Seasoned Chicken Cranberry-Orange Glazed Kansas City Baby Back Ribs Prime Hanger Steak with Mushroom Demi-glace Manila Clam Chowder Steamed Middle Neck Clams with Mint Broth Herb-Crusted Broiled Salmon (30 pieces lost to floor) Maine Mussels with White Wine & Tomato Stew Pan Seared Chicken Breast with Crab & Artichoke Soufflé Herb-Crusted Seared Haddock (emergency substitution) Side Dishes Maine Lobster Macaroni & Cheese with White Truffle Drizzle Autumn Vegetable & Barley Risotto Maple Mashed Sweet & White Potato Purée Sauteed Asparagus (not shown) Cauliflower & Broccoli Polonaise Dessert Apple Melon & Berry Crumble with Vanilla Anglaise

    • 18th Century Hurdles: Cook using fire. Light fire with flint and steel. Milk a cow. Use Clock-jack to turn spit. Cheese from milk and rennet (intestinal lining of a cow, used to curdle the milk). Birchwood whisk.

    • Dinner Dishes First Course Chicken Vermicelli Soup Duck with Berry Sauce Green Salad with White Wine Citrus Dressing Mutton Casserole Salted Cod Ceviche Second Course Prime Rib with Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus Rump Steaks with Mushrooms and Onions Oyster Stuffed Turkey Breast Pork Medallions with Apple Cinnamon Compote Stuffed Sweetbreads Rockfish with Lemon Beurre Blanc Hog's Trotters and Ears Chicken Fricassee with Morels Roasted Sweet Potatoes (burned, not served)

    • Time constraints based on four hour, 32 mile journey: • 1st Course – Available as guests board train. • 2nd Course – Mile marker two. • 3rd Course – Mile marker nine. • 4th Course – Mile marker 16. • 5th Course – Mile marker 24.

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    Allusions (8)

    • Irvine: George and I were doing a Supermarket Sweepstakes, filling our carts as fast as we could. This is probably a reference to the game show Supermarket Sweep, with versions in both America and the UK, where contestants race up and down aisles in a staged supermarket collecting groceries to win prizes.

    • The 7th Inning Stretch The 7th Inning Stretch is a baseball tradition that takes place between halves of the 7th inning. It may have started as a way for fans to stretch their legs and move around, or to encourage the fans to get something to eat from the concession stands. Later, the singing of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" was introduced during this interval.

    • Robert: "And he went to the cupboard, and the cupboard was bare!" This is a slightly misquoted line from the nursery rhyme, "Old Mother Hubbard": Old Mother Hubbard Went to the cupboard To get her poor doggie a bone, When she got there The cupboard was bare So the poor little doggie had none.

    • Robert: I accomplished my last mission, and now, I'm goin' to Disney World! This references a popular advertising campaign by Disney wherein a team captain or wildly popular player on a winning team uttered the line above, substituting Disneyland where appropriate, after a Super Bowl or World Series win.

    • The title may be a play on the popular time-management videogame franchise Diner Dash, where Stacy must serve customers to complete levels and save her diners.

    • Robert: Here comes the rain again. David: That's a song. This is a reference to the Eurythmics' 1984 top ten song, "Here Comes the Rain Again" from their album Touch.

    • Michael: I say "koo-gill", they say "kuh-gill". Let's call the whole thing off. This is a play on the George and Ira Gershwin song, "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off." The song includes the lyrics, "You say po-tay-to, and I say po-tah-to … po-tay-to, po-tah-to, to-may-to, to-mah-to, let's call the whole thing off." The song was made famous in the Frad Astaire/Ginger Rogers film Shall We Dance?. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong did a version, and the film When Harry Met Sally brought it to fame again 32 years after the original.

    • (While trying to light the charcoal.) Tim: How about a little fire, Scarecrow? This is the Wicked Witch of the West's line from the classic 1939 Victor Fleming film, The Wizard of Oz, uttered as she uses her burning broomstick to set the Scarecrow on fire.

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  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Wow what an intresting show.

    By gracielove, Nov 09, 2012

  • The original chef is always best!

    By izzyeddy, May 04, 2009

  • "A complete waste of Time NOW"

    By sioxpilot, Aug 23, 2008

  • What a waste of time to watch now. BRING BACK ROBERT!

    By Mattswifie, Aug 11, 2008

  • This is/was one of my favorite shows. I made a point of making sure I never missed an episode.

    By lazlo1258, Jul 21, 2008

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