The Worst of the Worst
The Worst of the Worst

Robert looked back at the furthest-gone eateries he's ever encountered in nine seasons of missions.

Restaurant Revisited
Restaurant Revisited

Hear from owners to find out how their businesses are faring since Robert left.

Drastic Diner Overhauls
Drastic Diner Overhauls

See before-and-after photos of the radical transformations at America's diners.

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Mr. Irvine Goes to Washington

In a special episode, first lady Michelle Obama challenged Robert to transform a local children's community center and build them a garden.

American Grown
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Cook Like Robert

Get Robert's best recipes for juicy pulled pork, simple pasta salad and more favorites.

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Full Episode Guide
  • Over the course of nine seasons on Restaurant: Impossible, Chef Robert Irvine has encountered some of the grossest restaurants in the country. From the dirty and smelly, to the calls to exterminators and professional cleaners to even the need for hazmat suits, Robert counts down the grossest places he and his team have transformed into clean, beautiful hot spots.

  • Papa C's Eastside Cafe in Fairport, N.Y., might have the most explosive family that Chef Robert Irvine has ever faced. Working in close quarters, Sal and his three sons spend more time pointing fingers than doing their jobs, resulting in inches of grease and grime throughout the restaurant and a screaming match so bad, it ended in a fistfight! Before Robert can address the problems that led to the business faltering, he must first keep this family from completely imploding.

  • This special episode dishes out real time trivia about Chef Robert Irvine and behind the scenes stories at the Coach Lamp Restaurant & Pub in Louisville, Ky. When Chef Robert arrives at the restaurant, he's baffled; the restaurant looks nice, the food tastes good and the owners are smart and knowledgeable. Robert has to sift through the puzzle pieces to discover why this restaurant is failing, and (over the owners' protests) come up with a completely outside-the-box plan to make the Coach Lamp shine.

  • Papa C's Eastside Cafe in Fairport, N.Y., might have the most explosive family that Chef Robert Irvine has ever faced. Working in close quarters, Sal and his three sons spend more time pointing fingers than doing their jobs, resulting in inches of grease and grime throughout the restaurant and a screaming match so bad, it ended in a fistfight! Before Robert can address the problems that led to the business faltering, he must first keep this family from completely imploding.

  • This special episode dishes out real time trivia about Chef Robert Irvine and behind the scenes stories at the Coach Lamp Restaurant & Pub in Louisville, Ky. When Chef Robert arrives at the restaurant, he's baffled; the restaurant looks nice, the food tastes good and the owners are smart and knowledgeable. Robert has to sift through the puzzle pieces to discover why this restaurant is failing, and (over the owners' protests) come up with a completely outside-the-box plan to make the Coach Lamp shine.

  • Join Chef Robert Irvine as he counts down his top ten worst of the worst from nine seasons of Restaurant: Impossible including; going head-to-head with the worst owner, trying to clean-up the worst clutter, fixing the most difficult family issues and attempting to eat the worst food. With surprises around every corner and restaurants you wish you could've forgotten about — which will Robert deem the absolute worst of the worst?

  • Chef Robert Irvine is in Oklahoma City to help Chaya and Michael, the owners of Urban Roots, a failing restaurant and entertainment venue. While there's a lot of potential in the space, the food is thrown together, the staff isn't pulling their weight and Chaya's passion for cooking has gone out the window. Robert's best hope for turning the business around is to get someone to help Chaya with the day-to-day operations and get her heart back in the kitchen.

     

    FN Dish Update: See How Urban Roots Is Doing

  • Gail, a successful businesswoman, purchased Bryant's Seafood World in Hueytown, Ala., expecting to seamlessly continue its 30 year tradition: But now, four years later, she desperately needs Chef Robert Irvine to intervene. Robert quickly realizes that she hasn't done anything to make the restaurant her own — the menu, decor and the grime all pre-date her ownership. Two days may not be enough time for Robert to turn this neglected restaurant and passionless owner around.

     

    FN Dish Update: See How Bryant's Seafood World Is Doing

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  • Chef Robert Irvine is in Oklahoma City to help Chaya and Michael, the owners of Urban Roots, a failing restaurant and entertainment venue. While there's a lot of potential in the space, the food is thrown together, the staff isn't pulling their weight and Chaya's passion for cooking has gone out the window. Robert's best hope for turning the business around is to get someone to help Chaya with the day-to-day operations and get her heart back in the kitchen.

     

    FN Dish Update: See How Urban Roots Is Doing

  • Join Chef Robert Irvine as he counts down his top ten worst of the worst from nine seasons of Restaurant: Impossible including; going head-to-head with the worst owner, trying to clean-up the worst clutter, fixing the most difficult family issues and attempting to eat the worst food. With surprises around every corner and restaurants you wish you could've forgotten about — which will Robert deem the absolute worst of the worst?

  • Chef Robert Irvine is in Oklahoma City to help Chaya and Michael, the owners of Urban Roots, a failing restaurant and entertainment venue. While there's a lot of potential in the space, the food is thrown together, the staff isn't pulling their weight and Chaya's passion for cooking has gone out the window. Robert's best hope for turning the business around is to get someone to help Chaya with the day-to-day operations and get her heart back in the kitchen.

     

    FN Dish Update: See How Urban Roots Is Doing

  • Join Chef Robert Irvine as he counts down his top ten worst of the worst from nine seasons of Restaurant: Impossible including; going head-to-head with the worst owner, trying to clean-up the worst clutter, fixing the most difficult family issues and attempting to eat the worst food. With surprises around every corner and restaurants you wish you could've forgotten about — which will Robert deem the absolute worst of the worst?

  • Chef Robert visits Abudanza Ristorante in Wilbraham, Mass., and meets owner Lou, a proud man with years of restaurant and executive chef experience who is burned out from the job and the demands of caring for a sick child. Chef Robert works to address management issues and the restaurant makeover, but is so moved by Lou and his family that he leaves them with another much needed surprise.

     

    FN Dish Update: See How Abudanza Ristorante Is Doing

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About the Host

Robert is ready for any challenge on his shows, Restaurant Express, Restaurant: Impossible and Dinner: Impossible.

About the Show

Turning around a failing restaurant is a daunting challenge under the best of circumstances. Attempting to do it in just two days with only $10,000 may be impossible. But Chef Robert Irvine is ready to take on the challenge. He'll channel MacGyver and use a lot of muscle to rescue these desperate places from complete collapse. Can one man, in two days, with just $10,000, turn the tide of a failing restaurant and pave the road to a successful future? Find out as Robert Irvine takes on Restaurant: Impossible.

More About Restaurant: Impossible

Turning around a failing restaurant is a daunting challenge under the best of circumstances. Attempting to do it in just two days with only $10,000 may be impossible. But Chef Robert Irvine is ready to take on the challenge. He'll channel MacGyver and use a lot of muscle to rescue these desperate places from complete collapse. Can one man, in two days, with just $10,000, turn the tide of a failing restaurant and pave the road to a successful future? Find out as Robert Irvine takes on Restaurant: Impossible.

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