"Dinner: Impossible" (2007-2010) was a show broadcast by the Creator/FoodNetwork. Chef Robert Irvine is ready for any challenge. Robert must overcome culinary obstacles and deliver a delicious meal before his time runs out. For a time, [[{{Series/IronChef}} Iron Chef]] Michael Symon took part in the challenges instead of Irvine.
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!!This show provides examples of:
* BerserkButton: "Oui, chef!"
* ChefOfIron: Robert is a Royal Navy veteran. On top of it all, he's [[HeroicBuild buffed and cut enough to look like he could kick your ass with ease]].
* DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch: See: GettingCrapPastTheRadar below.
* FoodPorn: They always show beautifully plated glamour shots of the finished dishes at the end of each mission.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Robert is bleeped when he uses the curse words that are forbidden on US television, but not when using words like "bollocks", "tosser", "bugger", etc.. One assumes that Creator/FoodNetwork doesn't know what they mean, or [[TheyJustDidntCare they just don't care]].
** Considering they don't mean much to the American audience the show is targeted to, one would guess they just didn't care.
* GondorCallsForAid: Robert often recruits local help from whatever facility he's currently using for his mission.
* HeroicBuild: Robert brings the gun show every week! See also: MrFanservice.
* ImpossibleMission
* ImpossibleTask: The Disney episode, which required Robert to, amongst other things, used canned food in one item, run around Epcot to find three princess characters, and make 2500 mini desserts ''on top of everything else''.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: With ''{{Lost}}''. Robert's mission was to cook for the cast using only what he could find on the island. Though it was clear to everyone that ''{{Lost}}'' is only a television show, Nestor Carbonell did appear in character as Richard Alpert and Robert was given several Dharma food drops to work with, so it qualifies somewhat for this trope.
* MeanBrit: Robert at times, though justified considering the nature of the show.
* MissionBriefing: At the beginning of each episode, Robert meets the people for whom he'll be cooking and is given his mission.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The opening sequence, which is quite deliberately cheesy.
* OhCrap: Happens frequently whenever Robert realizes that some new disaster has occurred (i.e. food he needs has been ruined/won't be ready on time/isn't even available).
* ProductPlacement: Dinners have been done for {{Franchise/Barbie}} and {{Pixar}} ([[WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}} Linguini]] was Robert's assistant!). In addition, brand name items are often clearly shown.
* SadistShow: The show could be fairly accurately summarized as "Food Network tries to kill Robert Irvine."
* SpiritualSuccessor: The current ''Series/RestaurantImpossible'' is not a sequel per se but it has a similar open and the same producers (Mark Summers' company).
* SupremeChef: Considering some of the challenges and/or helpers he's given, it's a wonder he's able to complete them as well as he does.
* TemporarySubstitute: In 2008, Irvine was replaced by Michael Symon while the network investigated allegations about the accuracy of Irvine's resume[[note]] The work-related claims were technically true but perhaps inflated. For example, Irvine worked as a trainer in a White House kitchen that serves the resident servicemen; this made its way into the title sequence as "worked for three U.S. Presidents"[[/note]]. Irvine returned to the show after ten episodes, and both he and Symon continue to appear on the Network.
** Although Symon's episodes seem to be [[CanonDiscontinuity rarely if ever re-aired]].
* TimeKeepsOnTicking: Robert must beat the set deadline or he will fail the mission. And unfortunately, his clock begins while the mission is being explained to him!