Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Restaurant Impossible - Green Beret Club (Smoke Bomb Grille) Update

Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Fort Bragg, North Carolina to makeover the Green Beret Club.   Fort Bragg is a major United States Army installation, and the Green Beret Club is the only full service restaurant there.  Robert is on a special mission to update the restaurant while also keeping the tradition of the restaurant alive.  As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about the Green Beret Club to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):


Monday, September 15, 2014

Food Network Related News and Links

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Here is some recent news relating to Food Network shows and chefs/personalities:

  • Bobby Flay recently sold two horses for over a million dollars each at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in Kentucky. (Link)
  • Worst Cooks in America is still casting for the upcoming season, and they are not only looking for bad cooks, but people with a crush on Anne Burrell or Bobby Flay. (Link)
  • Country music star Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn is filming a pilot for the Food Network called Steakout.  It is a traveling show that visits steakhouses across the country. (Link)
  • Scott Conant is no longer involved with Scarpetta in New York City, but may be opening a second restaurant in Miami. (Link)
  • Here is an article that tries to rank and grade many food competition shows over the years, and there is a lot of discussion in the comments regarding the rankings. (Link)
  • Top Chef alum Richard Blais will host a new show on the Food Network called Hungry Games.  The show begins on October 20th and Richard "will investigate the psychology and science behind our decisions and cravings when it comes to food." (Link)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Restaurant Impossible - Spicy Bar and Grill Update

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Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Falls Church, Virginia to makeover Spicy Bar and Grill.  The restaurant is a Vietnamese restaurant and the owners are supposedly $300,000 in debt.  One owner has no culinary experience, while the other lets the staff, who are supposedly 'scantily-clad,' do whatever they want.  During the makeover, Robert needs to find a new chef and figure out a way to change the unprofessional staff.  As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about the Spicy Bar and Grill to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Damaris Phillips - 'Southern At Heart' Renewed For Third Season

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Damaris Phillips' show Southern at Heart was renewed of a third season and the new season will premiere on the Food Network Sunday, October 26th at 12pm.  Damaris was the season nine winner of Food Network Star and appears to be the most successful winner of the past three seasons. Damaris won Food Network Star in August of 2013, and her first season premiered in October of 2013, while her second season premiered in March of 2014.  So pretty much one year after winning Food Network Star, Damaris is already in her third season of Southern at Heart.

Season eight winner Justin Warner won Food Network Star in July of 2012, and his show didn't premiere until March of 2013.  The show was a one-episode special that aired on a Saturday night at 10pm.  Justin blogs about Food Network Star and has appeared on random shows such as Beat Bobby Flay and Cutthroat Kitchen, but there have been no indications that another show will be produced with him.

The most recent Food Network Star winner Lenny McNab was crowned in August 2014, but there have been no mentions of a show for him, and we probably know the reason why.  The winner of Food Network Star usually appears at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, which is October 16th - 19th, so it will be interesting to see if he is in attendance for that.  So far, there is nothing on the NYCWFF website that mentions an appearance by Lenny.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage To Premiere October 8th

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The Food Network continues to quickly produce new episodes of Cutthroat Kitchen, and the show will have its first tournament, which will start on Wednesday, October 8th at 9pm.  The tournament will feature 16 chefs and there will be five episodes, similar to Chopped tournaments.  The chefs are competing for charity, and the prize is up to $75,000 depending on how much money they spend on sabotages.

Below are the chefs competing and which episode they will be on:

  • October 8th episode -  Susan Feniger, Jeff Mauro, Michael Psilakis and Aarti Sequeira
  • October 15th episode - Nadia G, Brian Malarkey, Marcel Vigneron and Justin Warner
  • October 22nd episode - Anne Burrell, Eric Greenspan, Johnny Iuzzini and Damaris Phillips
  • October 29th episode - Melissa d’Arabian, Elizabeth Falkner, Alex Guarnaschelli and Fabio Viviani
The winners of each of the four episodes will face off in the finale with the winner taking home prize money for their charity.  As you know with Cutthroat Kitchen, the best chef doesn't always win, so this competition could be won by anybody.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Restaurant Impossible - El Bistro (Renae's Corner) Update

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Tonight on Restaurant Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Titusville, Pennsylvania to makeover El Bistro.  The restaurant is owned by a single mother named Renae, who after three years is behind on taxes, has a depleted savings, and has lost her passion for the restaurant.  The restaurant is filthy when Robert walks in, and Robert can sense she has lost her passion.  Renae threatens to sell the restaurant, and Robert Irvine calls her bluff by telling her he would give her cash for the restaurant.  As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about El Bistro to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant Impossible):


Monday, September 1, 2014

Food Network's September 2014 Programming Highlights

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Here are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in September:

  • The second season premiere of Rewrapped on September 8th at 8pm.
  • The season finale of The Great Food Truck Race on September 28th at 9pm.
  • The season finale of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off on September 21st at 8pm.
  • The Chopped Ultimate Champions finale on Tuesday, September 23rd with the winner taking home $50,000 and a new car.
  • A Guy's Grocery Games episode featuring chefs who have appeared on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on September 28th.
  • New primetime episodes of Beat Bobby Flay, Eating America with Anthony Anderson, Restaurant Impossible, Guy's Grocery Games, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, and Restaurant Stakeout.
  • An Iron Chef battle where Alex Guarnaschelli and Marc Forgione are paired with bartenders on Saturday, September 6th at 11pm.
  • A new season of Nancy Fuller's Farmhouse Rules on Sunday, September 14th.
  • New daytime episodes of Bobby Flay's Barbeque Addiction, Trisha's Southern Kitchen, Giada at Home, Pioneer Woman, and The Kitchen.
The press release with episode descriptions and air dates is below: 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bumbino's From Restaurant Impossible Has Closed

Bumbino's Italian Ristorante in Orange City, Florida, which was featured on season eight of Restaurant Impossible has closed.  The restaurant posted the following message on their Facebook page:
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To all our friends, Acquaintances,and Loyal Customers

It is time to say goodbye to all our customers. It is with much regret with the show Restaurant Impossible back firing on us the economy not getting any better for mom and pop businesses and with personal health problems it is very clear we are making the right decision. It has been a pleasure getting to know some of you personally!!!!! All we ask is that you be happy for us to be able to move on without such a heavy load on our backs.

Sincerely

Terry, Willie,Cappy, Bumbino(Talyor) and Laken

The message is kind of hard to understand, but it seems like they are saying the Restaurant Impossible visit backfired on them.  On their Facebook page a few months back, they were letting people know when their rerun was airing and congratulated Restaurant Impossible on their 100th episode, so it didn't appear they were upset with anything.

The Bumbino's episode aired at the end of April, so this closure is just four months after appearing on the Food Network.  Bumbino's is the first restaurant from season eight (2014) of Restaurant Impossible to close and the Restaurant Impossible Update page has been updated with this information.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Restaurant Impossible - Uncle Andy's Diner Update

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Tonight on Restaurant Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in South Portland, Maine to makeover Uncle Andy's Diner.  The owner Dave happens to be a stand-up comedian, and one of his problems is that he is more worried about telling jokes than the quality of food coming out of his kitchen.  His side gig as a stand-up comedian is also straining his relationship with his family.  As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Uncle Andy's Diner to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant Impossible):

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chopped Ultimate Champions Tournament Preview

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Tonight at 10pm ET/PT on the Food Network is the start of the Chopped Ultimate Champions Tournament.  The tournament has four groups of four competitors in the categories of Pros, Amateur Champs, Heroes, and Celebrities, and all of the competitors have won a previous episode of Chopped.  Each of the winners in these categories will face off against each other in the finals for a prize of $50,000 and a new car.

  • The chefs in the Pro category are: Fatima Ali, Giorgio Rapicavoli, Lauren Kyles, and Tom Mckenna
  • The competitors in the Amateur Champs category are: Dinah Surh, Elda Bielanski, Keith Young, and Marisa Biaggi
  • The competitors in the Heroes category are: Diana Sabater, Paul Rut, Richard Fields, and Robbie Myers
  • The celebrities competing are: Brandi Chastain, Carnie Wilson, Gillian Vigman, and Laila Ali

Usually the celebrities compete for a charity on Chopped, but I am not sure if that is the case for Chopped Ultimate Champions.  Most people will probably be rooting for the amateurs or heroes to win the prize for a feel good story, but it may be hard to beat the pros.

If you want to see the photos of all of the competitors to see if you recognize them, here is a slideshow with each of their pictures.