Friday, March 14, 2014

Season 3 of RESTAURANT: IMPOSSIBLE Now Available on DVD (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Featured on the increasingly popular Food Network, RESTAURANT: IMPOSSIBLE follows Chef Robert Irvine as he transforms restaurants of disaster into up-and-coming attractions!


"Turning around a failing restaurant is a daunting challenge under the best of circumstances. Attempting to do it in just two days with only $10,000 may be impossible, but Chef Robert Irvine takes on the challenge. With a little ingenuity and a lot of muscle to rescue these desperate places from complete collapse, one man, in two days, with just $10,000, turns the tide of a failing restaurant and paves the road to a successful future.  Find out as Robert Irvine takes on RESTAURANT: IMPOSSIBLE."

My Thoughts:

If I was only allowed one television channel to watch from here on out, I would choose the Food Network?  How about you?  I love to cook and bake, and always find myself tuning into the Food Network to watch some of my favorite chefs prepare tasting dishes.  And, when I am not watching cooking shows, I can help but watch some of the reality type shows found on this channel, including my personal favorite, "RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE." 

Have you seen "RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE" before? If you haven't, the premise is simple, Chef Robert Irvine steps in to help struggling restaurants turn things around.  I know what you are saying, "Aren't there other shows like this on television?  What makes this show so different?"  Well, unlike other shows, this show has a $10,000 budget and 2 days to turn each restaurant around.  And, unlike others chefs, Chef Robert Irvine tells it like is.  Either you like Robert or you don't.  He doesn't candy coat things and definitely doesn't listen to restaurant owner and their workers blame each other for the restaurant's failure. 

I love watching as Robert's crew works their magic to turn drab, outdated restaurant decor into updated and eye appealing ones.  I am always amazed at what his crew can do with a budget of $10,000 and just 2 days.  More times than not, they come in well under budget, which is just mind blowing.  

As for restaurants turning things around, Robert takes the time to work with both the owners and their staff to improve bad attitudes and behaviors, simplify or reinvent menus, and get everyone on the same page and working together to be successful.  

When it comes time for the restaurant reveal and the grand-reopening, which is always packed, it is up to the owners and their staff to implement what Robert has taught them in order to turn things around and become a successful restaurant.

While I love to cook and bake for my family, I would never open a resturant or bake shop.  Not only is it too expensive, but it also takes a lot of your time, is stressful and sometimes strains personal relationships -- not something I want to put myself or my family through.  So, instead, I will tune in weekly and watch "RESTAURANT: IMPOSSIBLE" and hope that the restaurants being featured will be able to turn things around.  And, now with "RESTAURANT: IMPOSSIBLE" Season 3 available on DVD, I can watch this hit television series whenever I want.

Features of this new release include the special "White House Edition" episode, which features First Lady Michelle Obama as she challenges Robert to upgrade a children's community center garden, Horton's Kids.  I had seen this special episode on television when it originally aired and loved how Robert's garden taught the kids some valuable lessons. A community garden creates a sense of community ownership, develop healthy eating habits and brings people of all ages together.

In addition to the "White House Edition" episode, this DVD also features the following struggling restaurants, looking for help from Chef Robert and his crew: Del's, Woody's Tupelo Steakhouse, Pelican Grill, Ristorante Barolo, Pollard's Bar-B-Que and University Grill. 

If you are a fan of the show, or love shows that try to turn around failing restaurants, you will definitely want to pick up a copy of  the complete season 3 of RESTAURANT: IMPOSSIBLE, now available on DVD from Cinedigm.

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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