Friday, May 22, 2015

American Diner Revival Starts Tonight - Robert Irvine Not Happy About The Show

American Diner Revival starts tonight at 10:30pm ET on the Food Network.  The show had a pilot in January 2015, and a six episode season was picked up.  Amanda Freitag and Ty Pennington help struggling diners across America with the help of local residents.  Amanda and Ty get the diner owner away from the restaurant for 24 to 36 hours and do the makeover while the owner is away.  The first episode is at The Diner in Norman, Oklahoma, and the restaurant has already been on Food Network's Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.

A few weeks ago, Robert Irvine tweeted out sarcastically, "Let's try to remake restaurant impossible and call it diner revival"


A fan told Robert to be nice, to which he responded, "No annoys me"



A fan also called Robert out by saying Restaurant Impossible was pretty much taken from Kitchen Nightmares, and Robert denied that.

Robert also claimed an 80% success rate, which we know isn't true (below 50%), but that number is always inflated by him.


It doesn't seem like American Diner Revival has anything to do with struggling restaurants, but is more about the makeover.  I guess there is a time constraint which is similar, but do you think Robert has anything to be annoyed about?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tootie's Texas BBQ From Restaurant Impossible Has Closed

Tootie's Texas BBQ in Cathedral City, California, which was featured on season 8 of Restaurant Impossible has closed.  The restaurant is marked as 'Closed' on Yelp and their Facebook page has been taken down.  One review on Yelp said they closed on February 10, 2015.

You may remember that the Tootie's owner Eileen passed away in May of 2014.  Despite Eileen's passing the restaurant stayed open, however the most recent Yelp reviews had a lot of complaints.  A lot of people complained about the restaurant running out of food, the food being bad, and that the restaurant was always closed at random times.

Tootie's Texas BBQ is the fifth restaurant from season 8 (2014) of Restaurant Impossible to close and the Restaurant Impossible Update Page has been updated with this information.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Abudanza From Restaurant Impossible Has Closed

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Abudanza in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, which was featured on season 9 of Restaurant Impossible has closed.

The restaurant had a small fire at the end of March, where there was minimal damage.  They were supposed to open again a few days later, and may have, but they confirmed in April on Facebook that they were closing.  It appears the fire was not the reason for the closure.  Abudanza's commercial kitchen and restaurant equipment is now going up for auction on May 28th.

It appears that their Abudanza Express location is still operating as their Facebook page still advertises specials.  The Express location was opened after the Restaurant Impossible makeover.


You may remember this episode due to their son LJ having an incurable disease called ROHHAD.  This will be the third restaurant from season nine (2014) of Restaurant Impossible to close and the Restaurant Impossible Update Page has been updated with this information.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Cutthroat Kitchen: Evilicious Winner Crowned Tonight

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Tonight at 10pm ET on the Food Network is the Cutthroat Kitchen: Evilicious finale where the winner will take home up to $50,000 in cash.  Matthew Grunwald was the winner of Heat 1, Sammy Monsour was the winner of Heat 2, Jenard Wells was the winner of Heat 3, and Yaku Moton-Spruill was the winner of Heat 4.  They will now face off against each other for the grand prize and will have to face challenges such as making meatballs in a ball pit, dinner on a seesaw, and harvesting coconuts from a tree to make macaroons.

Whether you like Matthew Grunwald or not, be prepared to see more of him as he will be competing on the upcoming season of Food Network Star that premieres in June.

This post will be updated when the episode airs with the order of elimination and the winner of Cutthroat Kitchen: Evilicious.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Restaurant Impossible - The JuJu Bag Cafe Update

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Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in New Orleans, Louisiana to makeover The JuJu Bag Cafe.  In following with this seasons odd-themed places, the location is actually half cafe and half barber salon.  The cafe looks like a cluttered living room and has no commercial kitchen equipment, and the Restaurant Impossible team has to renovate both a restaurant and a barber salon.

As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about The JuJu Bag Cafe 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, May 12, 2015

Sandra Lee Reveals She Has Breast Cancer

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This morning in a tearful interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, Sandra Lee revealed that she is battling breast cancer.  She found out on March 27th just after completing a photo shoot with People for their Most Beautiful issue.

Sandra Lee said that the doctors found the cancer early and that her treatment plan has already included a lumpectomy and she is gearing up for a second surgery.  She will also have radiology for six to eight weeks and the doctors have recommended a mastectomy.

Sandra did the interview as she wanted to bring attention to the importance of getting screened no matter what age you are.

This diagnosis comes at a time when Sandra was already in the spotlight.  She has recently launched a margarita line called Cocktail Time, was named in People's Most Beautiful issue, rescued a baby seal (really), and has supposedly reached a deal with ABC to start a new lifestyle show on the network.

Here is hoping to a speedy and full recovery for Sandra Lee.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Restaurant Impossible - Caffe Positano/Tornatore's Pizzeria Update

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Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Orlando, Florida to makeover Caffe Positano.  This is a unique episode as Robert ambushes the restaurant and the owners supposedly do not know that Restaurant Impossible is coming.  This is done to try to get a truer picture of why the restaurant is failing.  During the makeover the name of the restaurant is changed from Caffe Positano to Tornatore's Pizzeria.

As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Tornatore's Pizzeria 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):

Friday, May 1, 2015

Food Network's May 2015 Programming Highlights

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

  • The season finale of the Cutthroat Kitchen: Evilicious tournament on Sunday, May 17th where the winner can win up to $75,000.
  • The series premiere of American Diner Revival with Ty Pennington and Amanda Freitag on Friday, May 22nd at 10:30pm.  They makeover struggling diners with the help of locals.  It seems like they didn't get a very favorable time slot for this series.
  • The series premiere of Guilty Pleasures on Monday May 25th, where Food Network stars reveal their best kept food secrets and their locations.  It sounds very similar to Best Thing I Ever Ate.
  • The season finale of Chopped: All-Stars on Tuesday, May 26th with the winner getting $75,000 for their charity.
  • The season finale of Spring Baking Championship on Sunday, May 31st with the winner getting $50,000.
  • New Primetime episodes of Beat Bobby Flay, Cutthroat Kitchen, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy's Grocery Games, Mystery Diners, and Restaurant: Impossible
  • New Daytime episodes of Farmhouse Rules, Giada at Home, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Southern at Heart and Trisha's Southern Kitchen
  • Also, Food Network Star begins in June.


Press release with episode descriptions and air dates is below:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Food Network Star Season 11 Begins June 7th With Some Changes

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Season 11 of Food Network Star will begin on June 7th, and the format and contestants were announced today.

The contestants competing this year are:
Emilia Cirker (Reston, VA), Jay Ducote (Baton Rouge, LA),  Christina Fitzgerald (St. Louis), Rosa Graziano (Los Angeles), Matthew Grunwald (Scottsdale, AZ),  Eddie Jackson (Houston, Michelle Karam (Santa Barbara, CA), Sita Lewis (New York), Alex McCoy (Washington DC), Arnold Myint (Nashville), Rue Rusike (Brooklyn, NY) and Dominick Tesoriero (Staten Island, NY).

 
Some of the changes this season:
  • Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis are the only regular mentors/judges this year.  Alton Brown will not be on the show this year.  I reported this in February and guessed it had to do with his live tour happening at the same time as filming.
  • There will be guest judges helping out Bobby and Giada this year, such as: Sunny Anderson, Richard Blais, Anne Burrell, Melissa d'Arabian, Bobby Deen, Duff Goldman, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro, Damaris Phillips, Rachael Ray, Geoffrey Zakarian and comedian David Alan Grier.
  • The web series Star Salvation is back where a competitor who wins will get to rejoin the competition.  This year it is hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli and Jeff Mauro.
  • It appears that America will not get to vote for this years winner judging by the episode descriptions. The last two episodes are described as:
    • "The  winner  of Star  Salvation rejoins  the  competition,  while  the  final  four  choose  a sous  chef  from  the  eliminated contestants to help them cook the single best dish of their life.  They each have one take to present the dish on-camera, and Bobby, Giada, Bob and Susie choose the final three that will each film a pilot directed by special guest Rachael Ray"
    • "Season Finale - The nine eliminated finalists return to view the pilots along with Bobby, Giada, Susie and Bob.  Each pilot is screened and after the selection committee deliberates, Food Network President Brooke Johnson announces the winner – the next Food Network Star."
  • The press release says that the winner will receive their own Food Network show, but it also said that last year, and Lenny is no where to be seen.  We probably know the reason why, so hopefully the Food Network properly vetted the contestants this year.


Below is a player that has a plenty of information on the season such as a video preview, photos of the contestants, bios on the contestants, and episode descriptions.  I am sure some contestants have appeared on other shows and I may do a post on that in the future:

Restaurant Impossible - Gigi's Music Cafe Update

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Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Sunrise, Florida to makeover Gigi's Music Cafe.  The owner Gigi opened the business three years ago and her bad business decisions are taking down the business and bringing her daughter with it.  The books are a mess, the service is bad, and the kitchen relies on a microwave for cooking.  Robert needs to turn this place around for it to succeed and an unexpected boat trip with Gigi may be the start of the turnaround.

As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Gigi's Music Cafe to get an idea of how the restaurant/music cafe is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):