Photo Credit: Sesame Street & Food Network
I’m a big fan of Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible—it brings together my three favorite reality TV elements: making food, jeopardy, and people yelling at each other. Tonight at 10 p.m., and in rerun perpetuity, that muscle-head/nerd hybrid Chef Robert Irvine will have eight hours to cook a special meal for 250 parents and kids to celebrate Sesame Street’s 40th anniversary. The catch: Everything on the menu must start with the letter "B."
Irvine’s assistants will include Maria (Sonia Manzano), Elmo, and Cookie Monster. Not invited was their muppet cousin The Swedish Chef, who may be busy pitching himself to Bravo.
Don’t expect Irvine to be dressing down Elmo a la Gordon Ramsay. Nobody wants to see Elmo cry (or for that matter, cut his fingers on a mandolin slicer). But I’ll bet my allowance that an entire plate of cookies will be demolished into a fuzzy blue mouth at some point before the show ends. How can they resist?
Dishes prepared on the show (according to Food Network):
Barley and Asparagus Pilaf
Berry Banana Smoothie
Brie Stuffed Blackened Chicken with Heirloom Tomato Salad
Elmo's Nightmare: Brussels Sprouts with Onions and Bacon