Even with his "Impossible" schedule, Chef Robert Irvine always finds time to focus on his passion for health and fitness. Now, Robert is taking on his next mission -- motivating America. Robert is tackling as many of his fans' health-related questions and concerns as he can before he needs to leave to save another failing restaurant.
Chef Robert Irvine has come across some really tough restaurant owners and staff but in this special episode, he will count down his top 10 biggest blowups ... from owners who just plain want him to leave to the biggest emotional meltdowns and most intense family drama -- you won't want to miss seeing all of your favorite explosive moments compiled in one place.
Over the course of 10 seasons of Restaurant: Impossible, Chef Robert Irvine has walked into some of the worst conditions imaginable and what he has been able to fix and transform over the course of two days and with $10,000 has been next to impossible. In this special, Chef Robert will count down the top 10 biggest transformations he has experienced -- from owners' attitudes to no-longer disgusting decor! Hold onto your hats while Chef Robert takes you on a journey that may even transform you!
For the holidays, Chef Robert Irvine is heading west to Jackson Hole, Wyo. to visit the City Kids Wilderness Project, a camp in the heart of the Grand Teton Mountains that welcomes at-risk teens from the inner city of Washington, D.C. Robert's giving back by redoing three of their spaces in just three days, updating their 25-year old facilities that are full of broken equipment, disorganization, and under-utilized space. As Robert get to know the campers, he is inspired to add more special surprises and a cook a huge barbecue with help from chef Stephanie Izard.
When Chef Robert Irvine surprises unsuspecting restaurant owners and announces he's there to save their failing business, anything can happen. With no time to prepare for his arrival, these owners often have very honest reactions, from shock to happiness to anger. Robert revisits some of these memorable ambushes, including Lake Arrowhead Sports Grill, Cape Horn Family Restaurant and La Casa Bianca. Plus, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how the surprise takeovers are set up and executed, and what went wrong along the way!
Chef Robert Irvine has tackled some of the most extreme kitchen disasters in the country. He's seen it all, from impossible owners to culinary catastrophes. Take a look back at some of his most extreme and outrageous moments.
In the top 10 most extreme makeovers ever accomplished on Restaurant: Impossible, Chef Robert Irvine helps an Air Force vet's restaurant soar to new heights and faces off with an owner in need of a major attitude adjustment. Robert gets to the root of restaurant tension that may cost the owners their marriage and more.
Robert Irvine revisits Dodge City Steakhouse in Harrisburg, Penn., to see if the owner is delegating responsibilities or trying to do everything on his own like he did when Robert came to his aid in 2011. The owner dedicated his life to the restaurant, and it was all he had. Robert hopes to find that, with more family involved in the business, he has been able to get out of $600,000 in debt and no longer carries all the weight on his shoulders.
Robert Irvine heads back to Campton, N.H., to check in on The Country Cow Restaurant and Bar. In 2014, he helped the two owners navigate through a chaotic situation that led to a shocking resolution. Now Robert wants to see if the current owner has been able to sink or swim on her own.
In 2012, Robert met the couple who owned Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant in Lebanon, N.H. They were deeply in debt after opening and closing several unsuccessful Mexican restaurants, and Robert helped them regain their confidence in the kitchen. Now he's back to see if his lessons are still making an impact.
Robert Irvine heads to San Diego to revisit The Trails Eatery, a family-owned cafe that he helped in 2011. With no obvious problems, Robert had to unravel the cafe's financial issues. Now he hopes to find that they made the long-term changes needed to be successful.
Robert Irvine heads back to Off Street Cafe in Cerritos, Calif. During his first visit in 2011, one of the restaurant's owners, Rose, was ready to retire, but her partner, Robin, wasn't stepping up as the leader the restaurant needed. With an unruly and unfriendly staff, Robin was in over her head, and Robert gave her a crash course in running the business. Now he hopes that she has continued to lead her staff to success.
Robert Irvine goes back to Sapori D'Italia in Fountain Hills, Ariz. In 2012, Robert saved the restaurant's owners, the Manno family, from being ripped apart by crushing debt and a dysfunctional staff. Now he wants to know if they've been able to run the restaurant together or if the pressure has become too much.
In 2015, Robert Irvine made a man's dream come true by remodeling his failing Italian restaurant and retooling his menu. Now Robert heads back to Tornatore's Pizzeria in Orlando, Fla., to see if the owner has managed to keep his restaurant afloat.
Robert Irvine returns to Fishkill, N.Y., and Joe Willy's Seafood House, a family-owned seafood restaurant from 2013. Faced with a hot-tempered owner pushing his wife to the brink, Robert had to renovate both a rundown restaurant and a strained marriage. Now he's back to find out if they were able to recommit to being equal partners in business and in life.
It was no joke in 2014 when Robert Irvine first visited Uncle Andy's Diner in Portland, Maine, and learned that owners Dennis and Tina couldn't even pay themselves. Their four children also worked at the restaurant, and the couple had to take a second jobs to make ends meet. With Dennis, a comic, seemingly enjoying comedy more than the restaurant business, Robert wondered not only if the restaurant would succeed but also who would run it. Now, Robert is back to see who stepped up to manage the diner, whether it's making money and if customers are finally smiling because of the food and not Dennis' hijinks.
Robert Irvine returns to Bradenton, Fla., to follow up on Theresa's Restaurant. Four years ago, he ambushed the restaurant's controlling owner, Jodi. He helped pull Theresa's out of a longtime rut and taught Jodi some management techniques that allowed her to step back and trust her family and her employees to take the reins. Now Robert is stopping in to see whether Jodi has returned to her controlling ways or Theresa's is still on the right track.
In 2012, Robert Irvine met his match in one of the owners of Woody's Tupelo Steakhouse in Mississippi. She didn't like what he had to say about her business, which once catered to celebrities like Elvis Presley. With $500,000 of debt and everything they owned on the line, however, Robert forced the mother-daughter owners to take a hard look in the mirror before starting over. Now, Robert is back to see if they were able to keep the business going and their staff in line.
Robert Irvine heads back to Padre Rita Grill on South Padre Island, Texas, where he met owners Michael and Cathy in 2014. He wants to see if the kitchen finally has strong management and if leadership has been restored. He also braces himself to reconnect with one of the feistiest owners in Restaurant: Impossible history.
Robert Irvine returns to De Rican Chef in Virginia Beach, Va., where three years ago he found a family in crisis following a tragic death. Owner Raquel had lost her passion for cooking, her son Ruben was lashing out at the employees, and her daughter Tamara was reaching out for Robert's intervention. As Robert returns, he explores whether the family has managed to pull together or if they and their restaurant collapsed under the stress.
Robert Irvine returns to Sunrise, Fla., to check on the unique challenge of Gigi's Music Cafe, a combined restaurant and music venue. The inexperienced owner couldn't see the burden she was putting on her daughter, who managed the day-to-day business, and Robert had to show them that their business was sinking -- literally -- before they were willing to accept any changes. When he returns, Robert finds out if his lessons sunk in or if the business went under.
Robert Irvine revisits So Natural Organic Restaurant and Market in Harker Heights, Texas, where he met a family of seven all working nonstop to keep things afloat in 2016. It was so important for the owners to leave the legacy of the business for their kids that they didn't notice their family was slipping away. Robert reminded them what really matters in life, and now he heads back to check on the family's priorities and the state of their personal and work lives.
Robert Irvine travels to Murphys, Calif., to check up on breakfast-and-lunch diner Hillbillies Restaurant. On his last visit, Robert found a tacky, messy restaurant, a defiant and lazy staff and owner Jamie at her wits' end. After pouring her life savings -- and her mother's -- into the place, it was losing money fast. Robert pays the restaurant another visit to find out whether Jamie is running things successfully.