Dinner: Impossible

Season 5 Episode 1


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 20, 2008 on Food Network
out of 10
User Rating
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Episode Summary

Michael Symon takes over chef duties tonight, and his first task involves the New Jersey Boardwalk. He has to put a gourmet spin on its traditional summer fare without access to a grocery store, meaning he has to make nice with all the vendors so he can create a dinner for their 300 employees.moreless

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  • Dinner Impossible goes to Wildwood, New Jersey! The challenge was to use only boardwalk food to create a gourmet meal and feed 300 boardwalk employees and thier families.

    This episode was especially fun for me to watch since I used to vacation every summer as a child in Wildwood, New Jersey. I haven't been back there for awhile so it was great to see Morey's Pier, the tram car, Laura's Fudge and the many other aspects of the boardwalk and beach. The crew had to run, pedal or ride the tram all over the boardwalk stopping at different eateries to see what they could dig up to create this meal in only a few hours. I found many of the dishes unusual, (like the chocolate and nut covered bacon), but I found it all very creative! It seemed there was no end to the budget they had for this meal! They used the finest seafood for the guests and enormous quantities of food. For awhile it seemed as though they wouldn't get it all completed in time, but they pulled it off! I personally would have loved to try some of these dishes. The looked delicious! It was great to see the locals cooperating and enjoying all of the work and chaos. They seemed to be enjoying their moment in the lime light. Great Fun Episode! I wish I'd been there***moreless
  • Dinner Impossible takes a HUGE leap forward with its new host, newly ordained Iron Chef Michael Symon. Symon brings a freshness to the series that Robert Irvine could never bring to the table. Expect great things for the future of this show!moreless

    The biggest problem Dinner Impossible had was it's host. Robert Irvine is just not approachable. I always felt like he talked down to his helpers, to the people giving him the assignments, and to the viewers. The Food Network elected not to renew his contract after the fourth season due to lies on his resume, and nothing could have been better for this show. The new host, Michael Symon, is so nice, so approachable, and just plain fun to watch. His laugh is contagious and he always treats his helpers with the respect they deserve for taking time out of their day to help him accomplish his mission.

    In this premiere episode of the new and improved Dinner Impossible, Symon must provide dinner for boardwalk employees using only the food he can find on the boardwalk (corn dogs, pizza, and cotton candy are abundant). Michael comes up with a great menu including a clam bake, gazpacho made in a margarita machine, and your traditional french fries served with your not so traditional toppings. Symon's not a pastry chef and he's not afraid to let you know that, stating his knowledge is sometimes limited to food involving pork, but he comes up with a great and innovative dessert, chocolate covered bacon! The crowds eat it up and you can bet that the candy store who covered that bacon is going to start serving it ASAP.

    Michael Symon proves he is not only the right choice to replace Robert Irvine as host of Dinner Impossible, but possibly one of the smartest decisions Food Network ever made. If you missed this episode during the new season sneak peek in July, be sure to check out the actual premiere in late August. You're in for a treat.moreless
  • I heard they are going to rename the show after this episode to Dinner Unwatchable. It was painful to see Michael try to be Robert, he does not have the personality. They also gave him a lot more help than Robert ever had.moreless

    I can only hope that someone at the Food Network will read the reviews that will come about this show. Send Michael back to his restaurant and the other show Iron Chef America, he does not do this show justice, as a matter of fact The Food Network insulted it's viewers with this abomination.

    Chocolate and bacon interesting, blueberry on ribs sounds revolting.

    Please either cancel this show or bring Chef Robert back. I do not care if he padded his resume, we have a Commander in Chief who got credit for Reserve time he did not serve, but this is a cooking show and entertainment, and this show was neither.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Dishes Served:

      Soups & Salads
      Frozen Gazpacho with Lobster
      Blueberry Cole Slaw

      Lobster Goat Cheese Pizza
      Barbeque Ribs with Blueberry Sauce
      Shrimp Corn Dogs
      Crabmeat Gyro
      Souvlaki (not shown)

      Side Dish
      Brisket Chili & Crab Aïoli Boardwalk Fries

      Dessert Chocolate-Covered Bacon

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Tim: It's cornbread mix, I've never seen such a thing. It means I gotta get my glasses out, unless you're reading it.
      Michael: Put you glasses on; I'm not your reader.
      (shot of Tim wearing bifocals)
      Greg: Can I have some cornbread on Golden Pond tonight?
      Tim: (annoyed) Shut up.

    • Michael: I gave a Greek girl souvlaki. I mean, that's like, you know, that was a slam dunk.
      Haroula Papazoglou: Holy pressure, my God!

    • Boyd Lafferty: You're crazy to be doing this, you know that?
      Michael: No one's ever called me a bright man.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Also Featured:

      Jack Morey – Owner, Morey's Piers
      Joe Cook – Jumbo's Seafood Grill
      Haroula Papazoglou – The Original Hot Spot
      Boyd Lafferty – Boyd's Texas Style Barbeque
      David Roach – Laura's Fudge
      Jon Paul Paxton – Juan Pablo's Margarita Bar

    • This episode was billed as a "New Season Sneak Peek" in advertisements. It aired on a Sunday night at 11 pm following the semifinal of the Next Food Network Star, which was preceded by a brand new Iron Chef America, continuing Food Network's programming decision to sandwich TNFS between new episodes of established or highly-buzzed new shows.