PRIMETIME PROGRAMMING PACKS A PUNCH WITH NEW SEASONS
OF ‘RESTAURANT: IMPOSSIBLE’ AND ‘CHOPPED CHAMPIONS’
NEW YORK – August 8th, 2011 –Food Network primetime gets a makeover with six new episodes of Restaurant: Impossible beginning Wednesday, August 24th at 10pm ET/PT. Robert Irvine returns with even more daunting challenges as he attempts to turn around failing restaurants in just two days with only $10,000. Chopped Champions also returns for a third season, bringing four previous Chopped winners in each episode back to the kitchen to battle it out in its most exciting season to date, premiering Tuesday, August 30th at 10pm ET/PT. With judges including Aarón Sanchez, Alex Guarnaschelli and Geoffrey Zakarian, and even more outrageous basket ingredients than ever before, sixteen ferocious finalists will compete, but only one can claim the $50,000 prize.
Premiering Wednesday, August 24th at 10pm ET/PT
Robert takes his skills and knowledge to Connecticut where he must save not only a restaurant on the verge of collapse, but a family in despair. Pastori’s has been owned by Bill and Georgia Savvidis for more than two decades, and after many successful years, the Italian restaurant has fallen on hard times and is now only four to six months from closing forever. Robert is also confronted with a design in need of a serious facelift. He has two days and $10,000 to save this restaurant and family.
Premiering Wednesday, September 7th at 10pm ET/PT
Robert travels to Scrimmages in Wilmington, Del. and quickly learns that the phrase ‘there is no I in team’ truly applies here. Scrimmages has been owned for five years by four equal partners: brothers Brian and Jerry, their childhood friend Mike and Brian’s former boss, Leon. As the revenues have disintegrated, so has the partnership. Robert has two-days and $10,000 to turn the restaurant around and mend the fences between battling partners.
Premiering Wednesday, September 14th at 10pm ET/PT
Robert travels to Mamma D’s in rural Pipersville, Penn. to find a place that is part restaurant, part vineyard and mostly petting zoo. Owners Luigi and Liz Desiato are all over the place with new ideas, and Robert is confused by what he sees and smells. In two days with $10,000 Robert must turn this disjointed establishment into a successful restaurant putting all the ideas the owners have into one cohesive unit.
Premiering Wednesday, September 21st at 10pm ET/PT
“Off Street Café”
This mission takes Robert to Cerritos, a small town in sunny Southern California. What he finds is the Off Street Café, a gloomy restaurant co-owned by Robin and Rose, an ex-mother and daughter-in-law team. Robert attempts to mend extended family fences and get the Off Street Café back on track.
Premiering Wednesday, September 28th at 10pm ET/PT
“The Trails “
Robert hits the road to San Diego, Calif., where he finds The Trails Eatery, an adorable café owned run by a young, energetic woman named Stacey. The surface looks great, but underneath the nicely painted exterior, is a business spiraling into bankruptcy. Robert uses two days and $10,000 to bring Stacey and her restaurant back to life.
Premiering Tuesday, August 30th at 10pm ET/PT
Four Chopped heroes return to the action to see who can go up against the best competition and win again. In the first round, time is the biggest challenge. Then, with the sting of the judges’ harsh criticisms fresh on their minds, the competitors face nettles and antelope in the entrée round. In the decisive last round, both chefs are craving a chance to move on, but only one will prevail after the judges taste the pie crust desserts.
Competitors: Heather Priest, Wayne Lyons, James Gillespie, Wade Burch
Judges: Alex Guarnaschelli, Geoffrey Zakarian, Marcus Samuelsson
Premiering Tuesday, September 6th at 10pm ET/PT
Four returning winners fight for a spot in the $50,000 grand finale competition. In the first round a pre-made breakfast food prevents some of the competitors from being as creative as they should, and presentation flaws plague the champs. The competitors try to figure out what to do with an expensive fish and an unusual snack food in the entrée round, and the two finalists have to do their best with a rare dough in the dessert round.
Competitors: Shehu Fitzgerald, Alejandra Padilla, Michael Vignola, Danielle Saunders
Judges: Aarón Sanchez, Geoffrey Zakarian, Maneet Chauhan
Premiering Tuesday, September 13th at 10pm ET/PT
With only two spots remaining in the competition, four champs attempt to elbow their way to victory. In the appetizer round, the chefs struggle with a pretty fruit and a succulent seafood product. Then, they try to balance out the flavors of a large fish and a little cookie in the entrée round. With two champs left chomping at the bit to cook dessert, the judges decide which one can turn duck fat and guava paste into sweet perfection.
Competitors: Miguel Aguilar, Lauren Gerrie, Jamie Bisonnette, Laura Henry – Zoubir
Judges: Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Susan Feniger
Premiering Tuesday, September 20th at 10pm ET/PT
Four returning winners fight for the last remaining spot, and the heat is on when the chefs discover hot cross buns and a shocking meat in the appetizer basket. Then in the entrée round, the finalists try not to create a wreck with the wreck fish in the basket. The last two chefs must make delectable desserts using a box of something familiar plus a can of something sweet.
Competitors: Eric Levine, Marie-Claude Mendy, Justin Burdett, Alan Harding
Judges: Alex Guarnaschelli, Geoffrey Zakarian, Maneet Chauhan
Premiering Tuesday, September 27th at 10pm ET/PT
Only one two-time champ can claim the grand prize in the Chopped Champions finale. The chefs think they’ve caught a break when they find catfish in the first basket, but will the cherry soda sink them? Then in the entrée round, the chefs face a little pig, as they fight for the big money. The ingredients in the dessert basket seem surprisingly simple, but as the two remaining champs push themselves to make a dish to clinch the win they take some risky chances.
Judges: Aaron Sanchez, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy