Dinner: Impossible

Season 2 Episode 1

Major League Ballpark Challenge

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 22, 2007 on Food Network
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Episode Summary

Major League Ballpark Challenge
Chef Irvine takes on America's national pastime when he has to serve a gourmet dinner for 200 White Sox fans before the seventh-inning stretch. He can only use ballpark food from the commissary for his menu, most of which is frozen, and his kitchen – a concession stand – isn't handy to an elevator, which means bringing all the supplies up the stairs by hand. Will this challenge be a swing and a miss?moreless

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  • This has got to be one of the best episodes.

    This is the first episode of Dinner: Impossible that I have ever seen and I was very impressed. I thought it was so cool how he had to make a gourmet meal using only ballpark food, It was so interesting. Now, I feel like this is the best installment of the show ever. It may be because I love baseball and going to ballgames and thought it was fun to see what he could do with the food or it may be because it was just one of the most interesting episodes. I mean, he sure didn't get to much time to make the gourmet meal, but he got it done, just like he does in every episode.moreless
  • Chef Irvine has to cook gourmet ballpark food for 200 people at a White Sox ballgame...but he only has 7 innings to cook!

    This was one of the best episodes of Dinner: Impossible I've watched...it really did feel "impossible!" First of all, he could only use the food provided in the stadium, take it up some flights of stairs, come up with the menu, and get it all finished by the seventh inning stretch--and that could be at any time! This was the first episode that I thought he wouldn't be able to make it in time. Usually he has several hours to cook the food, and this time he had no idea how long he had. It could be forty five minutes, or it could be two hours! I think that Chef Irvine was extremely creative with the bratwursts with cheese in tortillas and especially the margarita mix and dippin' dot dessert! This was definitely a great episode.moreless
  • This episode was made doubly tough without any concept of when dinner is to be served, in a really poorly thought out new stadium without any elevators for freight, and stadium food to start with.moreless

    The challenge was bad enough but having him throw out the first pitch before starting made it harder. He did a good job, he must have been a bowler in cricket at one time. The food he created from the stadium fare was incredible, and how about a stadium with brisket, wow. He made food that was incredible and he knocked it out of the park. I think some of the dishes were extremely creative and I am sure quite tasty. His talent from all the years in the kitchen shows, and if I was to have anyone from the cooking shows come to my place and cook for me it would be him as he does not go overboard with spices, but lets the food do the talking.moreless
  • Gourmet ballpark food?? Who could imagine such a thing!

    This was a great opener for the new season. Chef Robert Irvine was put to a challenge that seemed impossible to complete on time. I've come to realize that you can never give up on Irvine or his ability to rally the troops to get the job done. What a job it was, too. It was inspired to have him complete this task at the seventh inning stretch! The way baseball is played that could've been anywhere from about an hour and a half up to who knows when??? Baseball can be a leisurely game, but in this case....it was a pitcher's duel and Robert had to put everyone in high gear. The time kept ticking by and they were having every kind of difficulty from frozen food to no elevators! How can that ballpark not have an elevator to unload freight???

    The food that was presented was amazing. Each dish looked fantastic and utterly delicious. It certainly seemed the client and his guests were happy and well fed. I got a great deal of pleasure watching Robert throw out the first pitch. For an Englishman who'd never thrown a baseball before, he seemed to get it to the plate....and this was after he'd finished running up and down flights of steps with boxes of the food he intended to use for the meals. What a good sport he was.

    All in all, it was another great episode. This new season has started out with a real winner.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Dishes Served:

      Tortilla-Rolled Bratwurst with American Cheese
      Chicken Skewers with Espagnole Sauce
      Spiced BBQ Beef Sandwiches
      Swedish Meatballs
      Beef Chimichangas with Guacamole
      Chicken Wings in Lime Sweet & Sour Vinaigrette
      Pepper-Crusted Corned Beef with Honey Mustard
      Deep-Dish Pizza (not shown)
      Spicy Beef Tamales (not shown)

      Double Chocolate Brownies with Margarita Ice Cream

      Note: Graphics misspelled espagnole sauce as espangnole during the Mission Analysis breakdown, it was correct in the final list of dishes.

    • This episode departs from the normal structure of the show where Chef Irvine has a fixed amount of time to complete his challenge. Instead, Robert must complete his challenge by the 7th Inning Stretch of a Major League Baseball game, which can occur at variable amounts of time after the first pitch depending on the events of the game.

  • QUOTES (4)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Special Thanks to the Chicao White Sox, SportService (Delaware North Companies) and Levy Restaurants.

    • Also Featured:

      > Ann Wheat – Manager of Guest Services, Chicago White Sox
      > Ron Kittle – Guest Sous Chef, Former White Sox Player
      > Armas "Minnie" Minoso – Seven-Time American League All-Star, Former White Sox Player
      > Nichole Manning – Director of Game Operations, Chicago White Sox
      > John Danks – Pitcher, Chicago White Sox
      > John Williams – Party Host, Retired Chicago Police Officer

    • Working Title: MLB

    • This season premiere was given a special day, Sunday, and had the benefit of following the season three finale of The Next Food Network Star.


    • 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.

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