Dinner: Impossible

Food Network (ended 2010)




  • Season 1 Episode 1: Here Comes the Chef: Wedd...

  • Dishes Featured:

    Hors d'Oeuvres
    Tuna Tartare with Caviar
    Brie and Strawberries
    Scallops and Guacamole
    Sesame Chicken Satay
    Duck and White Bean Confit
    Beef and Red Onion Marmalade
    Goat Cheese Tartlets
    Shrimp and Crab Cakes

    Apple Flan and Candied Walnuts

    Blue Cheese Crusted Filet Mignon
    Mahi-Mahi with Saffron Risotto
    Chicken Roulade with Prosciutto
    Smoked Vegetable Crêpes

    Side Dish
    Roasted Corn Potato Hash

    Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brûlée

  • Season 1 Episode 2: Beg, Borrow and Steal: Ta...

  • Reception Dishes:

    Rosewood Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork
    Hot Balsamic Chicken Wings
    Beer Can Roasted Herbed Chicken
    Manila Clams with Garlic Beer Sauce
    Pork Chops with Long Hots and Yellow Peppers
    Sirloin Steak
    Blackened Shrimp & Pepper Kabobs
    Sweet & Savory Italian Sausage with Peppers
    Mussels with Mock Marinara
    Dry Pack Scallops with Bacon
    Roquefort Stuffed Burgers (lost, not served)
    Spicy BBQ Chicken
    Ginger Marinated Roasted Root Vegetables
    Bratwurst (burned, not served)

    Strawberry Shortcake
    Fresh Fruit Salad
    Chocolate Pies (not shown)
    Plain Cheese Cake (not shown)
    Brownies/Cookies (not shown)

  • Ingredients and Equipment Acquired:
    (for $150 & 3 Eagles' Team Jackets)

    4 Grills, Skewers
    Hamburger Patties
    Scallops, Shrimp, Clams, Mussels
    Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms, Garlic
    Chicken Wings, Whole Chickens
    Pork Chops
    Balsamic Vinegar, Hot Sauce, Ketchup, Mustard
    Eggplant, Tomatoes
    Pound Cake

  • Season 1 Episode 3: Miles Off the Coast: Fund...

  • Graphics had a rough time this episode:

    Hanger Steak was spelled Hangaer and Hangar
    Haricots Verts was spelled Hericots
    Melon Apple was spelled Mellon

  • Supper Dishes:

    Indian Spiced Corn Salad
    Watermelon & Tomato (not shown)
    Three Bean Salad
    Haricots Verts Salad
    Three Cabbage Cole Slaw
    Tossed Garden Salad (not shown)
    Roasted Beets & Bermuda Onions Salad
    Red Bliss & Mustard Potato Salad

    Jerk Seasoned Chicken
    Cranberry-Orange Glazed Kansas City Baby Back Ribs
    Prime Hanger Steak with Mushroom Demi-glace
    Manila Clam Chowder
    Steamed Middle Neck Clams with Mint Broth
    Herb-Crusted Broiled Salmon (30 pieces lost to floor)
    Maine Mussels with White Wine & Tomato Stew
    Pan Seared Chicken Breast with Crab & Artichoke Soufflé
    Herb-Crusted Seared Haddock (emergency substitution)

    Side Dishes
    Maine Lobster Macaroni & Cheese with White Truffle Drizzle
    Autumn Vegetable & Barley Risotto
    Maple Mashed Sweet & White Potato Purée
    Sauteed Asparagus (not shown)
    Cauliflower & Broccoli Polonaise

    Apple Melon & Berry Crumble with Vanilla Anglaise

  • Season 1 Episode 4: Back in Time: Ye Ol' Dinn...

  • 18th Century Hurdles:

    Cook using fire.
    Light fire with flint and steel.
    Milk a cow.
    Use Clock-jack to turn spit.
    Cheese from milk and rennet (intestinal lining of a cow, used to curdle the milk).
    Birchwood whisk.

  • Dinner Dishes

    First Course
    Chicken Vermicelli Soup
    Duck with Berry Sauce
    Green Salad with White Wine Citrus Dressing
    Mutton Casserole
    Salted Cod Ceviche

    Second Course
    Prime Rib with Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus
    Rump Steaks with Mushrooms and Onions
    Oyster Stuffed Turkey Breast
    Pork Medallions with Apple Cinnamon Compote
    Stuffed Sweetbreads
    Rockfish with Lemon Beurre Blanc
    Hog's Trotters and Ears
    Chicken Fricassee with Morels

    Roasted Sweet Potatoes (burned, not served)

  • Season 1 Episode 5: Race on the Rails: Dinner...

  • 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

  • Season 1 Episode 6: The British Cowboy: Cattl...

  • 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

  • Season 1 Episode 7: Stranded: Deserted Island...

  • Dinner Dishes:

    Smiling Pat's "Fire In the Hole"

    Tropical Fruit Platter
    Mango & Roasted Coconut Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

    Caribbean Rice and Beans
    Creamy Grits with Bahamian Rock Lobster (combination of two partially failed dishes)
    Roast Wild Boar
    Goat Stew with Homemade Tomato Paste

    Side Dish
    Fried Plantains

  • Season 1 Episode 8: Infiltrating the CIA

  • 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).

  • Season 1 Episode 9: Secret Service: Inaugurat...

  • Dishes Served:

    Brie and Asparagus in Phyllo
    Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Chicken Apple Salad
    Cran-Raspberry Phyllo Pastries
    Deviled Eggs with Apple Compote
    Duck and Apple Wontons
    English Peas Cheese Tartlets
    Lobster Brie Phyllo Packets
    Mini-Venison Burgers
    Mushroom Pizza with Quail Egg
    Mussels Gazpacho
    Prosciutto Truffle Butter Breadsticks
    Smoked Salmon Mousse in Cucumber Boats
    Venison and White Bean Crostini with Black Olive Tapenade
    Venison Curry Meatballs in Sun-Dried Tomato Phyllo Cups
    Venison Oscar
    Venison Potatoes Brandade
    Venison "Sausage" Rolls
    Venison Stuffed Shrimp in Bacon Wrap

  • Season 1 Episode 10: A Hollywood Ambush: Premi...

  • Dishes Served:

    Chicken with Boursin Wrapped in Prosciutto
    Garlic and Herb Crusted Lamb Chops
    Italian Sausage and Polenta Bites
    Phyllo Wrapped Asparagus and Boursin
    Pork Tenderloin with Bell Pepper Marmalade
    Seafood Ceviche on Cucumber Round Topped with Green Caviar
    Seafood Spheres on Crostini
    Shrimp Cocktail with Guacamole
    California Tri-Tip Oscar
    Cornish Pasties
    Crab and Sushi Rice Fritters
    Smoked Salmon Pizza
    Tuna Quesadilla
    Vegetarian Tempura Fried Peppers
    Welsh Rarebit
    Seared Tuna with Hummus on Crostini
    Sea Urchin Bruschetta

  • Season 1 Episode 11: The Frozen Chef: Ice Hote...

  • Dishes Served:

    Leek and Potato Soup
    Baby Greens with Quail Egg (not shown)

    Caribou Stew
    Chicken Fricassee over Tomato Pilaf
    Creamy Shrimp and Scallops
    Pineapple & Artichoke "Primavera"
    Pasta with Duck Confit & Sun-Dried Tomato
    Seared Salmon with Potato and Corn Risotto
    Tourtière (Québec Meat Pie)

    Side Dish
    Winter Vegetable Medley

    Apple Banana Tart with Maple Topping
    Maple Citrus Granité

  • Season 1 Episode 12: Rush Dinner: Frat House: ...

  • Dishes Served:

    Colossal Crab Asparagus Bisque
    Cajun Snapper and Shrimp over Bacon Cheddar Cheese Grits with Red Pepper Coulis
    Chicken Stuffed with Smoked Mozzarella, Roasted Tomatoes and Broccoli Rabe over Potatoes with Marsala Sauce
    Chocolate Mousse with Whipped Cream and Strawberries
    Clams Casino
    Filet Mignon over Lobster Boursin Mashed Potatoes with a Merlot Reduction
    Portobello Tart with Spring Greens and Lime Balsamic Vinaigrette
    Prosciutto and Spinach Pinwheels
    Tarragon Potato Pie with Haricots Verts

  • This is the first episode in which a fire alarm had to be sounded.

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