Dinner: Impossible

Food Network (ended 2010)



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Dinner: Impossible

Show Summary

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.



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  • Wow what an intresting show.

    Great with Robert.
  • The original chef is always best!

    This show was certainly abyssal when that "other" chef took it over. Now there is reason to celebrate because Robert Irvine is back. Robert is awesome because he keeps his cool, always completing his mission. The other chef made the show too gruff and harsh. It's hard to explain, but fans of Chef Robert will understand what I mean. I was shocked when Robert was no longer on the show, I felt he was wrongly let go. Now it's great to see Food Network realize their mistake and reinstate the proper chef back on his show. Welcome back Chef Robert, we're thrilled that your back.moreless
  • "A complete waste of Time NOW"

    What a way to turn a great show with Chef Robert Irvine into a boring just run of the mill show. So Chef Irvine made up some white lies and he is not forgiven and given a second chance. That is pathetic! This is America isn't that what we are all about. I like Chef Symon on the Iron Chef but he can't hold a candle to Chef Irvine on this show. They need to think outside of the box a get Chef Symon his own show not taking over a show that is simply not made to show off his strengths. BRING IRVINE BACK!!!!moreless
  • What a waste of time to watch now. BRING BACK ROBERT!

    I am so not please with the choice to take Robert Irvine off the show. The new Chef stinks. I want Robert back. So what he padded his CV who hasnt. I have removed this show from my DVR and refuse to watch the new one. Its so depressing they the networks keep taking all the good shows and people off of our favorite shows. If they continue to do this no one will watch TV anymore was to go. Robert was great on Dinner Impossible and I would love to see him back. I really hope someone down the line on another network picks him up for a new show. I would love to see him and Paula Dean do something together. For now Food Network as lost me as a viewer.moreless
  • This is/was one of my favorite shows. I made a point of making sure I never missed an episode.

    I'm sorely disappointed to see Chef Irvine gone from the show.I know he told some white lies,but who of us doesn't? The network just lost another viewer.I guess it just frees up my time to watch another show on another network now. I like Symon on Iron chef but he just can't replace Robert.This show was made for Irvine and it fit him perfectly.I am becoming so disenchanted with t.v Every time I find a show I love the network replaces it with some poor substitute.I just pray another network sees Irvine for the gem he his and gives him his own show.moreless
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outrageous situations, extraordinary situations, Cooking, high stake situations, thrifty eating