Recently, I got the awesome opportunity to experience the last day of taping for a recent episode of Restaurant Impossible. They were in town to do a show on the Pelican Grill in Seabrook(a suburb of Houston). If you are a fan of the show, you know the premise. Robert Irvine the well known Chef goes to a restaurant in need of help and works a miracle. He makes over the Menu and gives the restaurant a make over. But believe me there is a lot that goes into the making of a 1hr tv show.
Normally the show is filmed over a 3 day period. And per the production team, it is usually a long 12 to 15hr days. The production team was at least made up of 20+ people, between the director, camera man, contractors, etc. And for every episode Robert makes up a new menu and gets to work with his team of a designer and contractor to make over the restaurant. I was there only for the final day, but I promise there is very little down time for the production team. Since it is reality TV, you only have one chance to really get the moment.
Robert Irvine and his team were really great to my family and I. It was an awesome experience. It was also very cool to listen to Robert talk about the restaurants he had helped and how they were doing now. Many are succeeding. To him it is not just a show, it is his passion. And if you watch the show you can tell. Stay tune for clips of the show that was filmed here in Houston. I am guessing you will see my cute 4yr old daughter in a scene or two.