Dinner: Impossible

Season 1 Episode 6

The British Cowboy: Cattle Drive: Impossible

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 21, 2007 on Food Network
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Episode Summary

The British Cowboy: Cattle Drive: Impossible
Chef Irvine rustles grub for 450 cow hunters, trail riders and wagon drivers, but he has only seven hours to concoct at least eight dishes and 900 pieces of cornbread using only traditional chuck wagon cooking methods from the Old West… and just to make things really interesting, he cannot serve any dish that has been served already on this cattle drive.moreless

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  • What's a British chef doing in a place like this??

    I really enjoyed this episode. All these challenges take Robert out of his comfort zone (or does he have a comfort zone?) However, this one was just amazing. He had to cook for some hungry cowboys (and girls), and make them a gourmet meal using nothing but what would've been available during a cattle drive. He was able to shop a little, but that was miles away and it all just took a lot of time. Plus, one of the requirements was that he make cornbread. When his helper went to make the cornbread he found they hadn't bought any, plus they just had a small amount with the original supplies. Anyone who's made cornbread will tell you...you need baking powder or it'll turn into a corn flavored hockey puck! They tried with what they had, but as it wasn't up to Robert's standards, it was quickly abandoned. That part of the challenge wasn't completed, obviously.

    Time was running out, and there on the horizon were dozens of people on horseback. Robert and crew kicked into even higher gear and by the time the tired, hungry cowboys (and girls) got off their horses.....a sumptuous meal was waiting for them. I'm familiar with a lot of what was on the menu, and it looked fabulous. Those riders were in for a treat and were very appreciative to Robert and his crew for the delicious and original dishes he served.

    Then, when the job was done.....what was a British cowboy to do??? Ride off into the sunset, of course.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Although listed as side dishes throughout the episode, the Black Beans and Rice and the Santa Fe Hot and Spicy Chili were labeled appetizers in the final titles.

    • List of Dishes that Can't be Used:

      New York Strip Steak
      BBQ Ribs
      Shredded Pork
      Baked Potato
      Mashed Potato
      Baked Beans
      Black-eyed Peas
      Wild Rice
      Corn on the Cob
      Green Peas
      Acorn Squash
      Sugar Snap Peas
      Pecan Pie
      Cream Pie
      Peach Cobbler

    • Dishes Served:

      Florida Citrus Garden Salad

      Santa Fe Hot and Spicy Chili
      Black Beans and Rice
      Poached Cajun Shrimp

      Southwestern BBQ Chicken Breast
      Pork Loin with Apple Cranberry Stuffing
      Seared Frogs Legs Casserole
      Blackened Rib Eye Steak with Vegetable Medley
      Florida Catfish Stew
      Cowboy Stew

      Side Dishes
      Idaho Potato and Smoked Corn Hash
      Collard Greens
      Cornbread (not served due to quality)

      Rice Pudding with Raisins

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Charlie: (with three hours to go and no dish complete) Well… I don't want to be a darkness in the light, but I don't think you're gonna make it either.

    • Charlie: (of Frank and Jerry) He's been doing it a little bit longer than I have, this is the new kid. He's been around about five or six years doing this.
      Robert: A new kid, five or six years. So what do you call us, then? We've been here five minutes.
      Charlie: Greenhorn rookie.

    • Robert: And… you have food, and all that sort of stuff for me?
      Doyle: That's kinda your end of the deal.

  • NOTES (1)

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