January 10, 2007 12:06 AM by Joe Reality
Food Network’s newest addition, Chef Robert Irvine, has a mission,should he choose to accept it. His challenge? Overcome culinary obstacles and deliver a delicious meal before his time runs out in Dinner: Impossible. This new half-hour primetime series, which tests the skills of one the world’s most experienced and respected chefs with a new culinary feat each week, kicks-off with a special two episode, back-to-back premiere on Wednesday, January 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, it was announced by Bob Tuschman, Senior Vice President, Programming, Food Network. The series will then settle into its permanent timeslot on Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
“Robert’s steely focus and culinary chops may be all that save him from disaster in each episode,” said Tuschman. “We’ve thrown impossible challenges at him that no chef should ever have to experience. But luckily for us, Robert can never say no."
A culinary James Bond, Irvine performs miracles on a grand scale in Dinner: Impossible. Each week, Robert (with the help of his two sous-chefs, George and George) is thrown a new culinary curveball and the team must figure out a way to solve their challenge before time runs out. This season, one of the challenges asks Robert to make dinner for 150 passengers aboard a luxury locomotive. The catch? He and his team have only four hours to devise a menu, shop for ingredients, prepare 600 hors d’oeuvres, soup and salads, and get most of the prep work done on the entrees. If he falls behind, he and his team will be left behind when the train leaves the station! Once the train is rolling, Robert and his team must maneuver around the unfamiliar confines of two very tight train cars to pull off a precision dining experience that includes a strictly regulated start time and requires he deliver the entrees exactly at the halfway point in the trip. Is Robert “more powerful than a speeding locomotive" or is this dinner destined to be derailed? Whether he’s preparing a first-class dinner for passengers on a moving train, cooking an elegant wedding reception for 200 people in less than eight hours with an inexperienced staff or recreating an 18th century meal using only fire pits and authentic cooking tools, Robert will have to rise to the challenge and prove that yes, dinner is possible!
Born in England, Robert Irvine has been cooking since he joined the Royal Navy at the age of 15. His wide-ranging culinary and entertaining experience has taken him all over the world, from cooking for dignitaries aboard the Royal Yacht, Britannia, to traveling across Asia as a consultant. He has prepared meals for The Royal Family, as well as four United States Presidents. Irvine is regularly invited to cook for heads of state, high ranking dignitaries, and celebrities in the sports and entertainment fields. He currently serves as Director of Food Services/Executive Chef at Resorts Atlantic in Atlantic City and also owns his own multi-faceted company, The Irvine Group. Dinner: Impossible is produced by Marc Summers Productions Inc.