Robert Irvine has to save more than a restaurant at J's in Waveland, Miss. Owners Louis and Jeff are months from losing everything, including their friendship of 40 years. Robert has to teach them how to run a restaurant and help mend their relationship if they're going to have any chance of saving their business and their lifelong friendship.
Katie has bitten off more than she can chew at Grille No. 13 in Waldorf, Md. She's $350,000 in debt and has no time to spend with her infant daughter. Robert Irvine must teach Katie to work smarter if he's going to save this Irish pub and help her reclaim her time with her baby.
Air Force veteran Robert has been struggling to keep his restaurant, The Anchor in Louisville, Tenn., afloat after a disagreement with his daughter. Chef Robert Irvine steps in to help the owner manage his anger and fix his relationship with his daughter in order to keep The Anchor from sinking.
In Orland Park, Ill., brothers Yaser and Nader are close to losing their French bistro, Gaston's. They blame the competition for their restaurant's failures, and Robert Irvine must convince these delusional owners to transform their business and accept reality or their fantasy will end in bankruptcy.
Chef Robert Irvine heads to Smith's Soul Food Bistro in Gastonia, N.C., where the owner, Cheryl, is an ex-basketball coach on a mission to help kids in her community find their purpose through working at her restaurant. Unfortunately, Cheryl has no idea how to run the place. She's hemorrhaging money, and Smith's is on the verge of closing. Robert must teach Cheryl to run her restaurant with the discipline she learned on the court or risk leaving a lot of kids out in the cold.
Robert Irvine heads to Ash Fork, Ariz., where owner Felicia's failing restaurant has forced her to sacrifice her time with her children. Overwhelmed by guilt, she is ignoring her mountain of debt and her deteriorating business. Robert must help Felicia turn her attitude and strategy around to save the restaurant and her family.
In Stone Mountain, Ga., the failing Sweet Potato Cafe is destroying its owners' finances and their 25-year marriage. Karen feels burnout from carrying most of the responsibilities for the business while Darrell takes a back seat. Robert Irvine must convince Darrell to pull his weight in the cafe and help rekindle Karen's passion in the kitchen or else their business and their relationship may not survive.
Robert Irvine heads to Williamston, Mich., to resurrect the Sunnyside Café, a little breakfast joint with big problems. Owner Jeanette is an intense micromanager who alienates her staff and refuses to make any changes to the restaurant inside or out. Robert wastes no time addressing the problems and finding solutions to keep this restaurant from going under.
In Memphis, a father's passion project has turned into a nightmare. Owner Tyrone has lost his way, and his family is suffering because of it. Robert Irvine must teach him about more than just the ins and outs of running a restaurant before this family loses their livelihood and their bond.