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Thursday, May 14

Robert Irvine Back for Another Season of Dinner: Impossible

It was announced this morning that professional resume embellisher Robert Irvine has begun production on a new season of Dinner: Impossible. The popular Food Network show originally premiered with Irvine, then swapped out Irvine for Michael Symon, and then swapped Irvine back in after ratings weren't so hot for the Iron Chef... or so I believe.

While it's never been my favorite show, Dinner: Impossible does have a big following, obviously. People apparently love Robert. It did always feel like it was Robert's show, even when Michael tried to come in and save the day.

It looks like Robert is pretty much back to his old self on the show. This funny video that Eat Me Daily has up kind of makes me want to watch the show again... but they I hear those awkward "I gotta figure this out!" voiceovers by Robert and I think otherwise.

Are you happy about the new DI eps?

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At 5/14/2009 2:46 PM , Blogger Greg said...

Dinner Impossible was from the start Irvine's show. Michael Simon in this show was a bit like if Bruce Willis was cast as the new James Bond. Simon might have been able to pull it off if they would have retooled the show to be a bit more like Die Hard, or at least like Underdog.

The embellished resume thing, in light of him establishing a track record on Dinner Impossible, actually makes him a bit less pretentious and more endearing in an American sense.

I've been following his return, and he looks noticeably beaten a bit, which is understandable, but has resulted in him losing some of his edge. Hopefully as his confidence returns he'll get back on top of his game. Considering the rest of Food Network’s programming, this show stands out and breaks up much of the redundancy among other shows. I wish his success and maybe Simon can find a home (or at least more people pick him on Iron Chef).

Michael Simon’s Die Hard would be more like throwing him all by himself somewhere and telling him to cook something. Kind of like a culinary Survivorman. Drop him off in Provence or the Pacific Northwest and he has to gather all the local ingredients and show us how to make something. The British have support systems, Americans are loners.

At 5/14/2009 2:52 PM , Anonymous Jeff said...

I think Chef Irvine essentially took himself out of the game when he "embellished" his credentials. If he's perceived as being a little rusty, it will take time for him to redeem himself. I won't take anything away from Chef Symon, however. To win the spot on the culinary Mt. Olympus that is the focus of ICA, you have to be somewhat special.

At 5/14/2009 5:15 PM , Anonymous katy said...

I can't figure out what about lying about your credentials is "endearing," Greg. Care to enlighten?

At 5/14/2009 5:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Irvine is a waste of space.

At 5/14/2009 5:34 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Irvine is licking his wounds and taking it like a man. If you read his blog, he doesn't hide much and is grateful Herr Tuschman brought him back to the show.

I think Tuschwipe quickly realized he screwed up and cut his losses quickly and made the switch. (smart move Bob). I really think Irvine saw all these other FN interlopers galavanting around like they were the "future of food" and decided he wanted some of that. And then the fibbing started. And they were just fibs .

He got caught, he got a Tuschwipe Timeout, they put him back in the game. No big deal.

Aside, Symon's Northern Great Lakes vowel displacment accent was so nasally distracting.

At 5/14/2009 8:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't agree. I'm not a fan of Irvine and the show. The only time I watched the show was when Michael was on it. I hope we see more of Michael, he is a real chef.


At 5/14/2009 8:23 PM , Anonymous Turtle said...

I never quite understood this show. A comment I read somewhere before Symon took over said the show ought to be called "Dinner: Irresponsible."

I don't see the drama in arbitrarily rushing to complete a huge dinner in 27 seconds. The show really isn't about how Irvine utilizes his skills as a cook to beat the clock, but instead a lot of bellowing. I'd hate to be one of those sous chefs.

Eh, Jacob's right, it's clearly popular. But just doesn't ring any bells for me.

At 5/14/2009 9:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as Irvine goes his countrymen say it best with the term wank. Irvine is a wank.

At 5/14/2009 9:52 PM , OpenID Foodie In Disguise said...

I actually liked the show when it first came out. The idea of being given an impossible mission and trying to beat that mission was intiguiging. Yes he brow beats hei sous chef, but what sous isn't already used to that?

The whole incident with this credentials got a bit messy so they pulled him from the show. But I think it's Irvine's brash style that makes the show what it is.

The same time Symon took over the show he also got his new title as ICA. I wasn't sure how FN was going to have him doing both shows and running his restaurants back home. The show definitely changed flavor when Michael was there. I like Symon alot, but this wasn't his kind of show.

When I found that they had new episdoes this season and Robert was back I was glad - if just from an entertainment point of view.

The format has gone back with the ticking time clocks and such (I think they did away with all the flair when Symon was on) and that energy is back. Irvine might be a schmuck in person, but for this "thing" that he does on Dinner Impossible, it works.

My 2 cents.

At 5/15/2009 5:32 AM , Anonymous Pat said...

I never got to see Symon perform his D:I duties, but it's amazing to me that he could do that show plus ICA and still recently be awarded a James Beard award as Best Chef in the Great Lakes region. That takes some talent.

At 5/15/2009 12:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Symon is a friend of mine, and yes, he is a talented and genuine guy. FN asked him to do one season as a favor to them. I was under the impression Irvine was always going to get DI back. When he embarrassed Food Network by embellishing his credentials they needed to distance themselves, so he was put in a "time out" so to speak. He is well suited for than show and it's environment, but his ego and arrogant antics were getting out of control. Hopefully he has been humbled by this experience.

At 5/15/2009 1:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have made a point of not watching the show since the swtich back and won't. He's entitled to a second chance, but that doesn't mean I have to make myself ill from watching his now revealed hypocritical full of s self. I've actually gone from watching FN almost constantly to barely tuning to it at all...although I still like Ina and Ace of Cakes.

At 5/15/2009 4:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 9:05 - it's wanker, not wank.

At 5/15/2009 4:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:15 No he's a bit of a wank. Either one works.

At 5/15/2009 5:21 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Symon's "friend" said : " but his ego and arrogant antics were getting out of control."

This could apply to so many FN personalities. You've got people calling themselves chefs, you've got neophytes acting like dicks when they "judge" any particular show, where exactly does Irvine's antics begin to outdo his FN peers behaviours ?

Jesus, at least Irvine is chef with papers and didn't lie about that. Half of these FN twits couldn't peel potatoes on Dinner Impossible.

Maybe he will be humbled by the experience and rebound nicely. His show was one of only a few that was worthwhile watching.

At 5/15/2009 9:36 PM , Blogger ibcheft said...

Jacob your like most reporters now, why do you keep dragging Robert's addition to his resume up, do you just like to bring up crap ? This could have been wrote about the new shows and left at that, I have never figured out why people need to bring up the past, we can not change it no matter how much we discuss it, and all it does is tell us how cheap the writer actually is trying to make something out of nothing, that is all ready over and done with. As far a Robert goes, he already proved he is a Good CHEF ! and can run a kitchen so enough is enough get of the horse and write something people will enjoy reading.

At 5/16/2009 6:22 AM , Anonymous Ellen said...

Liar or not, the man is just nasty to everyone around him, and I won't tune in to watch his temper tantrums any more.

I just somehow don't believe his taste in flowers should outweigh that of the bride. Or of anyone else who is paying for the affair he is supposed to be catering. How arrogant!!!

I enjoyed Mike Symon's turn on DI... he got the job done without browbeating everyone, and without behaving like a three year old on camera.

At 5/16/2009 9:26 AM , Blogger Brian Flaherty said...

I am so glad Irvine is back. I watched Michael Symon a bit but didn't get into it at all, it wasn't the same. DI is one of the only shows I watch on the network, in addition to Throwdown and Ina.

At 5/16/2009 2:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ibcheft he lost his show because HE LIED. He is getting a show back because he lost it the first time for LYING The story is about him LYING. that is why people mention it. Why is that so difficult for you to grasp?

Do you work for the guy?

What makes him a good chef because YOU say so? You should find a better person to idolize that a lying ego maniac.

At 5/16/2009 4:39 PM , Blogger ibcheft said...

anon 2:36, he got his show back because people liked him better than Symon for the show, if you can not tell he a good chef, you don't pay attention when you watch the show, and what make you think I idolize him ? because I write I happen to like his show, and no the story was not about his lying, which I know he did, but than who hasn't lied at one time or another, the story was about his 13 new shows he is doing. but than I guess I ain't perfect like you.

At 5/16/2009 11:05 PM , Blogger Alison Maltz said...

The show sucked with Michael Simon. They made the challenges sooooo much easier for him. I'm so glad Robert is back.

At 5/18/2009 9:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ibcheft What's your point? You were whining about why people keep talking about his lying. Sweeping it under the rug won't make the fact that he did it go away. He lied and got removed from his show. Then when the dust settled FN gave him his show back. That's the story. It has nothing to with 'who hasn't lied at one time or another'. That's a copout argument and you know it.

Irvine is a navy catering cook nothing more.

No one is telling you to take down the posters you have of him just be a little realistic to what he really is an out of control egomaniac.

At 5/18/2009 11:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 5-18 926 what is it with you ? if you do not like Robert Irvine thats okay, like I could really give a chit, take your better than thou attitude and stuff it would you. your opinion means nothing to me or as matter a fact anybody else because your just anonyomous and that is nothing. THE STORY SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABOUT HIS NEW SHOWS, his lying is old news period. IF you do not like the fact that he got his show back, well tough cookies.

At 5/18/2009 12:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANONYMOUS 9:26 it is interesting that you mention posters on a wall, are you still that naive that you hang posters on your wall, most of us quit doing that when we reached puberty, are you still that young or just mentally at that stage in life ?

At 5/18/2009 1:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

80% of all job applicants lie or embellish their resumes when applying for jobs. So all you self righteous posters who condemn Irvine for lying are freakin hypocrites.

At 5/20/2009 12:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paula Dean really likes to hug Robert Irvine. Legs around his legs hug.

At 6/21/2009 5:10 PM , Anonymous Swissmiss said...

I wish they would drop that ticking clock on the show. I find it extremely distracting.

I find it easier to listen to Irvine's accent vs. Simon's.

At 1/01/2011 5:55 PM , Blogger Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Just discovered your blog. On the subject of Robert Irvine: Why is Food Network shoving him down our throats? His manner and personality is not appealing to me at all. I love Food Network and Food Channel, but I'm liking FN much less with so much R.I. A little of him goes a very long way, and putting him front and center in several shows in the same season will keep me from tuning in. He needs to go!!

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