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Food Network Announces Replacement Host for “Dinner: Impossible”

The replacement for departed TV chef Robert Irvine, who left last month following revelations that he’d exaggerated details in his resume, for Dinner: Impossible has been named.  On Monday, Food Network announced that Ohio chef Michael Symon will take over as host of the series. The press release follows after the jump.

The press release follows below.

Food Network’s Michael Symon Takes On a New Set of Challenges in Dinner: Impossible Iron Chef To Take Over As Host Of Primetime Series

NEW YORK, April 22 — Food Network’s newest Iron Chef, Michael Symon, is ready for his next challenge — becoming the host of popular primetime series Dinner: Impossible. Production begins this week with Symon at the helm of 10 new episodes, putting both his culinary and time management skills to the test. New episodes of the series, which airs Wednesdays at 10pm ET/PT, will begin airing this summer. The show will also adopt a new hour-long format.

On Dinner: Impossible, Symon will be challenged to overcome culinary obstacles and deliver a delicious meal before his time runs out. Each week, Symon (with the help of his sous-chefs) will be thrown a new culinary curveball and the team must figure out a way to solve their challenge before time runs out. With all new challenges, and a fresh perspective from this motorcycle riding, fun-loving chef, viewers will see if Symon can make dinner possible!

Renowned in the culinary world and adored in his hometown of Cleveland, Michael Symon is the chef and owner at the critically acclaimed Lola and Lolita restaurants in Cleveland. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Michael was named as one of the Ten Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine (1998). In 2007, he competed on The Next Iron Chef and won, securing his place as a permanent Iron Chef on Food Network’s hit series Iron Chef America. Symon likes to unwind from his frenetic schedule with a zip on either of his dual vintage Harleys along the back streets of Cleveland.

Dinner: Impossible is produced by Marc Summers Productions Inc and Shooters Post & Transfer.

FOOD NETWORK (http://www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network and Web site that strives to be way more than cooking. The network is committed to exploring new and different ways to approach food — through pop culture, competition, adventure, and travel — while also expanding its repertoire of technique-based information. Food Network is distributed to more than 96 million U.S. households and averages more than seven million Web site users monthly. With headquarters in New York City and offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and Knoxville, Food Network can be seen internationally in Canada, Australia, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Monaco, Andorra, Africa, France, and the French-speaking territories in the Caribbean and Polynesia. The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP), which also owns and operates HGTV (http://www.hgtv.com), DIY Network (http://www.diynetwork.com), Great American Country (http://www.gactv.com) and FINE LIVING (http://www.fineliving.com), is the manager and general partner.

Source: Food Network

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  • Joe

    ROFL!

    Symon is not cut out for DInner Impossible and obviously wasn’t even good as an Iron Chef.

    Food Network should’ve kept Robert and made him do some charity challenges and the like.

    Sad to see a top rated show go down the tubes, but that’s exactly what’s about to happen.

  • Joe

    ROFL!

    Symon is not cut out for DInner Impossible and obviously wasn’t even good as an Iron Chef.

    Food Network should’ve kept Robert and made him do some charity challenges and the like.

    Sad to see a top rated show go down the tubes, but that’s exactly what’s about to happen.

  • Joe2

    agreed. so he lied. make him pick up trash on the highway and then make him cook the road kill he finds and them have him eat it!

  • Joe2

    agreed. so he lied. make him pick up trash on the highway and then make him cook the road kill he finds and them have him eat it!

  • http://entertainmentnow.wordpress.com/ Russ T.C.

    I don’t know what to think of this. I love Dinner Impossible so I wouldn’t want to see it go off the air, but Robert was great. And it’s not like what he did was the worst thing ever.

    I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how Symon does.

  • http://entertainmentnow.wordpress.com Russ T.C.

    I don’t know what to think of this. I love Dinner Impossible so I wouldn’t want to see it go off the air, but Robert was great. And it’s not like what he did was the worst thing ever.

    I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how Symon does.

  • Robin

    I think everyone needs to give Michael a chance. He’s very personable and will probably be fun to watch in a show where his personality has a bit more chance to shine!

  • Robin

    I think everyone needs to give Michael a chance. He’s very personable and will probably be fun to watch in a show where his personality has a bit more chance to shine!

  • Joanne

    Just read that Robert will no longer be doing Dinner Inpossible. I do not see what the fuss is all about, a good percent lie on there resume. The ones that made the decison, can you live in a glass house??? Robert made the show and he was very good as a chef, found out what he had to work with and made out a list of what was being made and always on top of what was done and what had to be finished. Robert contributed a lot to that show. I watched the series for who would become the new Iron Chef, if i was on the panel i would not have voted for Simon. There were a couple of the Chefs that were better than Simon. I’ll watch the first, I have a feeling that Simon isn’t going to make the show that interesting to watch. Also i saw him 2 times on Iron Chef and he wasn’t impressed. I watch at least 95 percent of your shows.

  • Joanne

    Just read that Robert will no longer be doing Dinner Inpossible. I do not see what the fuss is all about, a good percent lie on there resume. The ones that made the decison, can you live in a glass house??? Robert made the show and he was very good as a chef, found out what he had to work with and made out a list of what was being made and always on top of what was done and what had to be finished. Robert contributed a lot to that show. I watched the series for who would become the new Iron Chef, if i was on the panel i would not have voted for Simon. There were a couple of the Chefs that were better than Simon. I’ll watch the first, I have a feeling that Simon isn’t going to make the show that interesting to watch. Also i saw him 2 times on Iron Chef and he wasn’t impressed. I watch at least 95 percent of your shows.

  • Tammy

    I was suprised to see a replacement on tonights show, Dinner Impossible. This has been one of my favorite Food Network shows and I have enjoyed watching Robert Irvine complete his impossible tasks. I was very disappointed that he will no longer be the chef for this show. My opinion is HGTV has made a mistake removing Robert Irvine. It wouldn’t matter who you chose, it’s not the same. Robert Irvine made this show.

  • Tammy

    I was suprised to see a replacement on tonights show, Dinner Impossible. This has been one of my favorite Food Network shows and I have enjoyed watching Robert Irvine complete his impossible tasks. I was very disappointed that he will no longer be the chef for this show. My opinion is HGTV has made a mistake removing Robert Irvine. It wouldn’t matter who you chose, it’s not the same. Robert Irvine made this show.

  • Tammy

    I was suprised to see a replacement on tonights show, Dinner Impossible. This has been one of my favorite Food Network shows and I have enjoyed watching Robert Irvine complete his impossible tasks. I was very disappointed that he will no longer be the chef for this show. My opinion is the Food Network has made a mistake removing Robert Irvine. It wouldn’t matter who you chose, it’s not the same. Robert Irvine made this show.

  • Tammy

    I was suprised to see a replacement on tonights show, Dinner Impossible. This has been one of my favorite Food Network shows and I have enjoyed watching Robert Irvine complete his impossible tasks. I was very disappointed that he will no longer be the chef for this show. My opinion is the Food Network has made a mistake removing Robert Irvine. It wouldn’t matter who you chose, it’s not the same. Robert Irvine made this show.

  • Christian

    I agree. I just saw Dinner Impossible with Symon and he’s TERRIBLE. I will no longer watch this show as Symon has no personality.

  • Christian

    I agree. I just saw Dinner Impossible with Symon and he’s TERRIBLE. I will no longer watch this show as Symon has no personality.

  • Dano

    I agree with all..Bring Back ROBERT….maybe cut off one of his pinkies as punishment. Simon just does not do it for me on IC and really not on tonights show either. I am going to kill the DVR fir DI and watch something else that is more entertaining….like paint drying.

  • Dano

    I agree with all..Bring Back ROBERT….maybe cut off one of his pinkies as punishment. Simon just does not do it for me on IC and really not on tonights show either. I am going to kill the DVR fir DI and watch something else that is more entertaining….like paint drying.

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  • Lei

    yes do bring back back Robert! He’s a nutball and a goof and is very entertaining to watch. Symon makes me yawn and it isn’t the same.

    We don’t care about the scandal we just want to be entertained and Robert did that very well.

  • Lei

    yes do bring back back Robert! He’s a nutball and a goof and is very entertaining to watch. Symon makes me yawn and it isn’t the same.

    We don’t care about the scandal we just want to be entertained and Robert did that very well.

  • Anita

    Though I agree Chef Irvine should have been punished for the lying, people take lying as NO BIG DEAL when IT IS! It’s WRONG AND IT HURTS PEOPLE! But on that note I also wish the Foodnetwork could have figured out some other punishment at the time.It really did hurt when they took him off DI infact I only watch it a couple times to give the other guy a chance but it wasnt the same, it didnt have Chef Irvines paizazz or flair so I am thrilled to hear he’s back, Im glad Chef and the Foodnetwork could work something out!! Welcome back Chef Irvine!!!!

  • Anita

    Though I agree Chef Irvine should have been punished for the lying, people take lying as NO BIG DEAL when IT IS! It’s WRONG AND IT HURTS PEOPLE! But on that note I also wish the Foodnetwork could have figured out some other punishment at the time.It really did hurt when they took him off DI infact I only watch it a couple times to give the other guy a chance but it wasnt the same, it didnt have Chef Irvines paizazz or flair so I am thrilled to hear he’s back, Im glad Chef and the Foodnetwork could work something out!! Welcome back Chef Irvine!!!!