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Why Robert Irvine does TV's best restaurant makeovers

14 May 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For 11 seasons now, Robert Irvine has hosted Food Network's "Restaurant Impossible." From its inception, the show followed a familiar format: a chef goes in to a failing restaurant, criticizes things, yells a lot, makes over the place, and leaves. That format was first popularized by Gordon Ramsay in "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares," and then destroyed by Fox with its Americanized version. Since then, it seems every cable network needs to have their own version, sometimes with a twist ("Bar Rescue," "Tabatha's Salon Takeover"). While those shows can be light, predictable, formulaic fun, "Restaurant: Impossible" rises to the top of that heap. Here's why Robert rules. Robert Irvine asks simple questions that people can't answer. Robert Irvine is the best at calmly asking questions that get right to the core of the problem and tell us everything we need to know about why a restaurant is failing. For example, almost every episode, »

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