Restaurant: Impossible

Restaurant: Impossible is an American reality television series, featuring chef and restaurateur Robert Irvine, that originally aired on Food Network from 2011 to 2016. After a three-year hiatus, the show returned on April 20, 2019.[1] It was announced that the show was canceled after 22 seasons in 2023.[2]

Restaurant: Impossible
Presented byRobert Irvine
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons22
No. of episodes191 (not counting specials, revisits, or back in Business) (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Marc Summers
  • Robert Irvine
  • Brian Lando
  • Francesco Giuseppe Pace
  • Cyndi Butz
  • Paul Perrymore
  • Jodi Goren-Rode
  • John Gerbec
  • Bryan Monzella
  • Scott Markowitz
  • Mark Wawrzenski
  • Chip Schofield
Running time42 minutes
Production companies
  • Marc Summers Productions (Seasons 1—13)
  • Shooters TV (Seasons 1—9)
  • Alkemy X, Inc. (Seasons 10—13)
  • Lando Entertainment (Seasons 14—22)
Original release
NetworkFood Network
ReleaseJanuary 19, 2011 (2011-01-19) –
April 6, 2023 (2023-04-06)

Show structure


The premise of the series is that within two days and on a materials budget of $10,000, Irvine renovates a failing American restaurant with the goal of helping to restore it to profitability and prominence. Irvine is assisted by an HGTV designer (usually Taniya Nayak, Cheryl Torrenueva, or Lynn Kegan, but sometimes Vanessa DeLeon, Krista Watterworth, Yvette Irene, or Nicole Faccuito), along with general contractor Tom Bury, who sometimes does double duty as both general contractor and designer. After assessing the problems with the restaurant, Irvine typically creates a plan for the new decor, oversees the refurbishment of the restaurant, calculates profitable food costs, reduces the number of items on the menu and improves the quality of the entrees, develops a promotional activity, educates or resolves conflicts for the restaurant's owners, or trains the staff, as needed for each restaurant.[3] As of its final episode in April 2023, the show had completed missions in 42 states and the District of Columbia, excepting states of Alaska, Hawai'i, Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Vermont.[2]



The Food Network has tracked performance of the series in turning restaurants around. By 2015, all seven of the restaurants featured in the 2011 premiere season had closed. By 2018, 100 of the first 140 restaurants renovated had closed. Only one of the 29 restaurants visited in the 2022-2023 final season has closed, and one has been sold. [4]



On January 4, 2021, the show planned to move to Discovery+, with new episodes airing every Thursday.[5] The move to the streaming platform was reversed in March 2021 due to negative viewer feedback, and now episodes will continue to premiere on Food Network for the near future.[6]



See also



  1. ^ "Restaurant: Impossible". Food Network. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Tinoco, Armando (July 9, 2023). "Robert Irvine On 'Restaurant: Impossible' Cancellation At Food Network: "They Have A Different Idea Of What Viewers Want"". Deadline. Retrieved July 10, 2023.
  3. ^ "Robert Irvine: Chefs: Food Network". Food Network. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  4. ^ "Food Network Gossip: Restaurant Impossible Updates". Food Network. Retrieved March 15, 2024.
  5. ^ "Shows A-Z - Restaurant: Impossible on discovery plus |". Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  6. ^ Andy Dehnart (March 11, 2021). "Restaurant Impossible back on Food Network after its move to Discovery+ is reversed". Reality Blurred. Retrieved March 12, 2021.