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'Restaurant: Impossible' Gives a Mexican Sports Bar a Makeover (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 1st 2011 6:30PM
Robert Irvine remodels Scirmmages Mexican sports bar on 'Restaurant: Impossible'The restaurant business is tough, and as shows like 'Restaurant: Impossible' (Wednesdays, 10PM on the Food Network) remind us, a few bad decisions can spell disaster for a small business owner. That was just reinforced when chef Robert Irvine tried to help a Mexican sports bar called Scrimmages in Wilmington, Delaware.

In this clip, Irvine is already in day two of observing the restaurant, and there were already plenty of problems, starting with the food. "When food does arrive," he said, "it's certainly not worth the wait." The vegetables, he noted, had seen better days, and some people waited 45 minutes for their meal.

Irvine helped Scrimmages set a 30-minute meal guarantee, and gave them a chips and cheese dish called "chachos." He also got them to renovate the bar to look more classic and inviting. The result was a restaurant packed with happy customers, a considerable feat.

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Dinner: Impossible enlists a new chef

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 22nd 2008 10:01AM
Michael SymonFood Network has been smarting from the debacle involving Robert Irvine, the former host of Dinner: Impossible. Now, the other shoe has dropped in the kitchen. Food Network announced that Michael Symon will replace Chef Irvine on Dinner: Impossible. This should be a piece of cake -- ha, ha, food metaphor -- for Chef Symon. He has already competed for a major role at Food Network and won. He's one of the Iron Chefs, having defeated all challengers in last seasons on air contest.

Since that victory last summer, he has joined Mario Batali, Cat Cora, Bobby Flay and Masaharu Morimoto as a member of the home team on Iron Chef America. He's been cooking in Kitchen Stadium along with the rest of the gang.

Chef Symon owns the Lola and Lolita restaurants in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a graduate from The Culinary Institute of America. After the Food Network's experience with Chef Robert Irvine, it's safe to say that Michael Symon's resume has been fully vetted.

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Chef Irvine gets axed

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 4th 2008 8:03AM
Chef Robert IrvineRemember when you were young and your parents told you things like "cheaters never prosper"? Well, it's true. (All right, not all the time, but at least this time!) As TV Squad reported recently, Chef Robert Irvine, star of Food Network's Dinner: Impossible, has been hoist on his own petard. Now that the truth is out -- that he lied and padded his resume -- the network has dumped him. His fire has been extinguished. Dinner: Impossible will go on, but not with Chef Irvine as chief cook and chef extraordinaire.

Food Network president Brooke Johnson said in a statement, "We appreciate Robert's remorse about his actions, and we can revisit this decision at the end of the production cycle, but for now we will be looking for a replacement host."

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Truth: Impossible - Chef Robert Irvine caught in a web of lies

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 19th 2008 3:24PM
Robert IrvineYou'd think by now that people would know better. Embellishing a resume, adding credits that are the work of a vivid imagination rather than hard work... they're bound to be unearthed someday. Especially if you're a success. The latest prevaricator caught in a series of lies is Food Network's British chef Robert Irvine. In a scathing expose by the St. Petersburg Times, the star of Dinner: Impossible, has been caught with egg on his face. Make that more like egg salad. Multiple claims by Irvine, including creating Princess Diana's wedding cake, cooking for White House dinners, being knighted by the queen, and more, have turned out to be tall tales.

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