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When Will Restaurant Impossible Season 16 Premiere on Food Network?

Updated December 4, 2019
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‘Restaurant Impossible’ is a reality show that airs on Food Network. The series is presented by restaurateur and chef Robert Irvine who tries to renovate failing restaurants into thriving businesses with some money and a lot of creative ideas. Both Irvine and the show have received a lot of love from audiences since its inception, and this is the reason the series was rebooted after a hiatus of three years.

Food Network had carried out a survey to see the conditions of the restaurants which Irvine and his team had worked on earlier, but to their utter shock, the channel found out that among the 140 restaurants which Irvine had helped, only 37 were still operational and most of them have shut down. However, it has to be said that Irvine did try to help each and every one of them. Some did not stick to his new menus or follow the discipline which is required to succeed in the food business. Any slack in efforts can cause a business to fall flat on its face.

‘Restaurant Impossible’ has had a whopping 15 successful seasons so far. Now, will there be a ‘Restaurant Impossible’ season 16? Let’s find out.

Restaurant: Impossible Season 16 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘Restaurant: Impossible’ season 15 released on July 20, 2019, on Food Network and aired for eight episodes until September 7, 2019.

‘Restaurant: Impossible’ season 16 premieres on December 28, 2019. It is expected to wrap up with its finale sometime in February 2020.

Who’s the Host of Restaurant: Impossible?

Famous chef and restauranteur Robert Irvine has hosted the show since its inception in 2011. Besides his business, Irvine has been a television personality for a long time, appearing on numerous shows like ‘Dinner: Impossible’, ‘Worst Cooks in America‘, and ‘Restaurant Express’.

From 2016 to 2018, Irvine was the host of a morning talk show called the ‘Robert Irvine Show’ on the CW Channel. For his work in honoring the men and women of the US military, Irvine was honored with a Patriot Award from the Medal of Honor Society in September 2015

Besides Irvine, one production designer is also present on the show who helps to renovate and re-imagine the new look of the restaurants. Contractor Tom Bury helps with expenditure and designing.

Food Network releases a statement before every season explaining the exact type of restaurants the show is looking for. They typically want restaurants to have around 50 to 250 seats and ask the applicants to send in pictures of their restaurants, along with photographs of themselves and their signature dishes.

There is also a strict guideline which all participants have to agree to, where they “shall not make any statements to the press or any media service or distribute, publish or circulate any written statement, release, promotional literature, news story, advertising, publicity or communications of any kind to any other party regarding the subject matter of ‘Restaurant Impossible’, its casting process, application process, programming services, operations and activities, or producers.”

What is Restaurant: Impossible About?

In ‘Restaurant Impossible’, Robert Irvine tries to revamp a failing restaurant’s look and its menu in order for it to do better business. The only rule of the game: Irvine will not take more than two days and the expenditure will not be more than $10,000.

In each episode, Irvine enters the restaurant and tries to find its problem by talking to the owners, the chef, and all the other employees of the restaurant. Then he quickly looks at the menu and decides to bring in a change which will attract more customers, as well as become easier to manage. This usually means that Irvine cuts the menu short and focuses on items which will be a sure-shot hit. He assigns roles to people whom he believes to be more suitable for certain jobs.

Moreover, he gives all the staff useful suggestions he has procured through his years of experience in the business. At the end of the entire process, Irvine usually invites a group of people to try out the new menu. At times, samples from some of the food items on the menu are taken to the public to ask their opinion on the taste or whether they would like to have a meal at the said restaurant.

It is then time to address the elephant in the room. The series looks and sounds a lot like the one which came before it: ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ (2007-2014) which is presented by the English chef Gordon Ramsay. Ramsay follows almost an exact same format, just without the cost restriction policy. But we can surely say the nature of the show usually depends a lot on the presenter, and both Ramsay and Irvine bring in their own aesthetics and styles to their respective shows.

Restaurant: Impossible Trailer:

We do not have an official trailer for season 16 but you can check out clips and photos from the show on its official website.

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