Dinner: Impossible

Season 5 Episode 2

Escape to Alcatraz

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 20, 2008 on Food Network
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Escape to Alcatraz
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Chef Symon's newest challenge involves the prison that once housed America's most hardened criminals. He must cater an event at Alcatraz, but a kitchen a bay away, and juggling the tour schedule may cause him to miss the boat – in more ways than one.

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Dishes Served:

        Hors d'Oeuvres
        Seared Tuna
        Rillette of Duck Confit
        Blini with Caviar
        Stuffed Dates with Pancetta
        Asparagus Carpaccio
        Wild Mushroom Crostini
        Beef Tartar (not shown)
        Roasted Vegetable Salad (not shown)

        Entrées
        Risotto with Herb Salad
        Braised Short Ribs with Polenta
        Poached Wild Salmon with Fava Beans & Peas

        Dessert
        Strawberry Lemon Napoleon

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Trina Davis: What about some vegetable hors d'oeuvres?
        Michael Symon: I don't like people that like vegetables. (laughs) I'm just kidding. Well, actually, I'm not. (voiceover) Hey man, I am all about the pork. I just don't get why you'd want a vegetable, unless you wrap it in bacon. But I guess that's why they call this a challenge.

    • NOTES (4)

      • Photos Courtesy of Golden Gate National Recreation Area - Park Archives

      • Also Featured:

        > Rich Weideman – Ranger, National Park Service
        > Trina Davis – Party Host, Cooper Industries
        > Amy Brees – Ranger, National Park Service
        > Stephen Silva – Executive Chef, Melons Catering
        > Ann Lyons – President, Melons Catering

      • Parts of this episode were filmed on location at Alcatraz. Alcatraz Island is located in San Francisco Bay, California. Better known as "The Rock," Alcatraz was a maximum security federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963. Alcatraz was America's toughest prison, and during its 29 years of operation the penitentiary claimed that no prisoners ever successfully escaped. Today it is part of the United States National Park System.

      • This episode was the "official" premiere of season five. It was paired with a rerun of the "Boardwalk" episode that had aired as a sneak peek a month earlier on July 20, 2008. The network also suspended the regularly scheduled rerun of an Iron Chef America episode in the immediately preceding 6 pm timeslot to rerun the finale of the Next Iron Chef, "Attain Greatness," where Symon won the title.

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