Review – Restaurant: Impossible

Restaurant Impossible

I know what everyone thought when they first heard that Food Network was spinning off Dinner: Impossible with a new show called Restaurant: Impossible.  I thought the same thing, “Oh, they’re ripping of Kitchen Nightmares.”

Think about it, an intimidating English chef goes into struggling restaurants in an attempt to turn them around.  That’s Kitchen Nightmares – the Fox reality show starring super chef Gordon Ramsay.  It’s also the tag-line for Restaurant: Impossible. The only real difference I have seen between the two is that Restaurant: Impossible host Robert Irvine has a support team to help him out and a noticeable lack of bleeps.

Robert IrvineI don’t have a problem with Ramsay or any other chef dropping any words they want in the heat of a rush.  Goodness knows I do it.  I do have a problem with Fox telling Ramsay to do it just for shock value.  That’s bush league.  That’s why I have always preferred Ramsay’s BBC shows to his American ones.

Well there is no issue with that from Robert Irvine.  He brings the same intensity and passion to the task as Ramsay but without all of the pretend anger.  The formula for Restaurant: Impossible is simple – Robert takes a look at the operation and fixes it.  These fixes include retooling menus, retraining or releasing employees and overhauling the decor.  In the end Irvine has given the owners the best possible chance to succeed.

My opinion:  I like it.  I like it a lot.  My only complaint is that I can’t remember when it comes on so I end up stumbling on it half way through each time.  That’s not Food Network’s fault; it’s mine.  So I think I’ll make myself a reminder. . .

Don’t forget!
Restaurant: Impossible
Wednesdays at 10pm/9c on Food Network.

2 Responses to Review – Restaurant: Impossible

  • Lyn F. says:

    When I first saw it, it reminded me of Restaurant Makeover, which is a show on Food Network Canada. I think Irvine's version is a bit more severe than FN Canada, but the idea is the same or similar.

    • I'd like to see Restaurant Makeover. I like shows that are uplifting and teach people how to be successful. That's why I dig Restaurant Impossible and 24 Hour Restaurant Battle here in the States and the original Kitchen Nightmares from the UK. The American KN is too much about Gordon cussing and yelling.

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