Dinner: Impossible

Season 1 Episode 8

Infiltrating the CIA

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 07, 2007 on Food Network
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Episode Summary

Infiltrating the CIA
Chef Robert has seven hours to make seven original dishes and to recreate seven dishes for the master chefs who created them and 70 students from the Culinary Institute of America, using only his palate and five students for sous chefs.
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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Dinner Dishes:

      Couscous Salad (Tunisia/Original) – Not prepared due to lack of time.

      Chicken with Noodles in Cream Sauce (France/Re-creation)
      Water Boiled Beef (China/Re-creation)
      Salt Crusted Sea Bream (Italy/Re-creation)
      Cauliflower in Spicy Meatball (Tunisia/Re-creation)
      Goat with Yogurt Sauce, Mango Chutney & Naan (India/Re-creation)
      Saigon Crèpes (Vietnam/Re-creation) – Not prepared due to lack of time.
      Lamb Curry (India/Original)
      Vegetable Pad Thai (Vietnam/Original)
      Veal Blanquette (France/Original)
      Sauerbraten wiht Julienne Vegetables (Germany/Original)
      Veal Saltimbocca (Italy/Original)
      Sweet & Sour Chicken (China/Original) – Not prepared due to lack of time.

      Black Forest Cake (Germany/Re-creation)

    • This is the first challenge that Chef Irvine exceeds the time limit (over by a half hour), and fails to complete more than one dish (three).

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Robert: Jeffrey, how we doing on the boiled beef?
      Jeff: …Chop, and I'm gonna get the chili paste done.
      Robert: So nothing's done then. How about the meatballs?
      Cecilia: I'm cutting the meat now.
      Robert: So nothing's done. Patrick, how we doing?
      Patrick: Cake's gonna go in the oven in the next ten minutes.
      Robert: Nothing's done, then.
      Patrick: Nothing's done, though.
      Robert: Alex?
      Alex: Breaking down the chicken right now, need to make the sauce.
      Robert: But nothing's done. What about the salt crusted bream? Nothing done.
      Alex: Nothing, chef.
      Robert: The goat?
      Chenge: The goat is braising chef, but nothing's done.

    • Steven: It smells good in here. I'm not sure what I'm smelling just yet, but–
      Robert: It's my deodorant… 'cause we haven't cooked anything yet.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Also Featured:

      Steven Hanks – Senior Communications Manager, Culinary Institute of America
      Dr. Tim Ryan – President, Culinary Institute of America
      Chef Hinnerk von Bargen – Master Chef, Vietnamese Cuisine
      Patrick – CIA Student, Guest Sous Chef
      Chenge – CIA Student, Guest Sous Chef
      Jeff – CIA Student, Guest Sous Chef
      Cecilia – CIA Student, Guest Sous Chef
      Alex – CIA Student, Guest Sous Chef

    • Although listed as "Infiltrating the CIA" at Food Network, this episode was titled "Infiltrating the CIA: Internationally: Impossible" by TV Guide and most satellite and cable providers.