Dinner: Impossible

Season 1 Episode 5

Race on the Rails: Dinner Train: Impossible

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 14, 2007 on Food Network
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Episode Summary

Race on the Rails: Dinner Train: Impossible
Chef Irvine has eight hours to prepare a five-course meal for 160 customers on a dinner train in the tiniest kitchen he's ever used. And to make things even more stressful, he's only allowed one George.

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  • Dinner Impossible recipe for success includes the following: 1 Superchef 1-2 SuperSouschefs 2-5 drafted helpers with various degrees of skill 4-8 hours to prepare everything compressed into 23 minutes on air. Willing eatmoreless

    Dinner Impossible with Robert Irvine and the two Georges gives us an interesting cooking reality show that is probably more show than reality. The setup is by definition contrived so what you see is not necessarily "Impossible" but more a matter of Irving and the group responding to the producers “gotchas”. What you don’t see is much cooking or an explanation of how something was prepared. The viewer has the option of going to the Food Network website and viewing the recipe but those were written way after the fact. Those recipes are embellished approximations of what you see on the tube, but not the actual recipe. There are usually several dishes that never get an explanation at all but simply appear through the magical hands of George or George. All that being said, it still an interesting show and much more in the fashion of Iron Chef America crossed with Survivor than yet another Rachel Ray or Sandra Lee puff piece. The one criticism I have is I wish it were an hour which would give the producers more time to focus on the actual cooking and less on the logistics of acquiring food or serving the meal.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Time constraints based on four hour, 32 mile journey:

      • 1st Course – Available as guests board train.
      • 2nd Course – Mile marker two.
      • 3rd Course – Mile marker nine.
      • 4th Course – Mile marker 16.
      • 5th Course – Mile marker 24.

    • Dinner Dishes:

      1st Course – Appetizer
      Tossed Mesclun Greens with Dried Cranberries, Goat Cheese and Champagne Vinaigrette

      2nd Course – Hors d'Oeuvres
      Stuffed Mushroom Caps with Bleu Cheese Soufflé

      3rd Course – Soup
      Roasted Corn Chowder with Lime Cured Shrimp

      4th Course – Entrées
      Vegetable Napoleon with Mushrooms, Sweet Peppers, Fresh Mozzarella with Tomato Sauce
      New Zealand Rack of Lamb with Sweet Potato Mash and Three Bean Ragu
      Tenderloin Pork Hongroise with Blue Crab Risotto
      Sun Dried Tomato Pesto-Crusted Chicken with Herb Polenta
      Flat Iron Steak Topped with Red Onion Marmalade

      5th Course – Dessert
      Apple Betty with Granola and Banana Crème

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Robert: Cathy!
      Cathy: Yes?
      Robert: What's black and hides in the oven?
      Cathy: Are you rescuing my pies?
      Robert: (to George as he opens oven door) Oh, this! I'm gonna shoot her. … She puts stuff in there, and just walks away!

    • Robert: (of the conductor) Man, I told ya, every time this guy comes in, he's like the prophet of doom.
      Cathy: That's his happy mood!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Sierra Railroad Sunset Dinner Train is one of a few runs provided on the Sierra Railroad, the third oldest railroad in North America. The tickets range from $54-79, but unlike this episode, there are only three courses provided for the dinner.

    • Also Featured:

      Chris Hart – President, Sierra Railroad Dinner Train
      Randy – Conductor
      Cathy – Executive Chef for Sierra Railroad
      Gerald – Sous Chef, Sierra Railroad