Food Network chef and host Robert Irvine has returned to two of the station’s most popular programs, including what he described as “the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
“Restaurant Impossible”, in which Irvine and his crew try to save struggling restaurants, is back on Thursdays at 9:00 pm with new episodes
At 10 p.m. Irvine can be seen in the first new episodes of “Dinner Impossible” in more than a decade. Irvine says the show is “raw and real” as he is expected to cook against the clock in unusual locations and with almost no supplies.
The programs can be seen on the Food Network and on the Discovery Plus streaming platform.
Irvine said “Dinner Impossible” posed the greatest challenges of his life.
“When you are forced to forage by land or sea, and you face the challenges of the weather and producers trying to mess you up, you face real deterioration in real time,” Irvine said.
The UK-born celebrity chef and restaurateur admits he’s a little irritable on Dinner Impossible as he tries to cook the kind of food he expects from Restaurant Impossible restaurants that he has virtually nothing to do with Has.
“It can get frustrating and I admit it gets a little intense,” said Irvine. “They (the producers) want me to fail and I try everything within the rules to beat them. I have failed in the past, these are difficult challenges and I do everything I can not to lose. “
The opening episode of a limited episode of four episodes for “Dinner Impossible” last week dropped Irvine at the Kualoa Ranch on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
“I had to fish, fish for shrimp, and look for food wherever I could find it,” said Irvine of the challenge. “It’s hard enough putting together a festival for a large group with no supplies, but it’s very difficult to create a festival that will pass the taste test, I can assure you.”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Irvine has been traveling the country to help in difficult restaurants, especially mom and pop restaurants.
“In some cases, it means repainting or doing a complete overhaul of the business,” he said of Restaurant Impossible, the show in which he visits restaurants on the verge of doom on a budget of $ 10,000, a renovation crew in case required and only two days to turn the business around.
Irvine says he was forced to quit briefly when he was hospitalized with Covid-19 for six days last July.
“I came out and started fighting with the Food Network on two buses for every small business owner in the country,” he said. “We visited 39 restaurants by Christmas and started again on January 6th.”
Irvine said he got up late the night before that interview and wrapped an episode of Restaurant Impossible. He took his crew into his home before they wanted to help another restaurant in need the next day.
Irvine urges viewers to continue to support any small business that follows safety protocols, including restaurants. He said he believes we will get back to “something normal” by the end of the year at the latest.
“It’s coming back and I beg everyone, listen to me, you have to believe, trust and be comfortable when you go to these restaurants,” he said.
Irvine urges guests to continue to support restaurants that do everything they can to stay safe and hygienic.
“And not just restaurants, but also hairdressers and other small businesses that offer things that we need in our lives,” he said.
“My job and that of the Food Network and our team is to touch as many mom and pop operations as possible to get them going again.”