Looking for 15 minutes of fame and a good meal?
If you’re free next Friday, Sept. 28, and if you feel like treating yourself to a steak dinner, you might just find yourself on an upcoming episode of the Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible“.
That’s right, celebrity Chef Robert Irvine is coming to Kitsap. He and a film crew will be in Keyport next week making over Whiskey Creek Steakhouse for an upcoming show. The work will happen in a 24-hour period and when it’s all done the restaurant will reopen to patrons. That’s where you come in — the producers want to film people eating at the restaurant for its “Grand Re-opening” and are asking people to make reservations starting at 7 p.m. that Friday.
For those unfamiliar with “Restaurant: Impossible”, here’s how the show works: Chef Irvine and a film crew, along with a small army ready to employ a lot of elbow grease, arrive to a failing restaurant and assess its weaknesses. In 24 hours, and with the assistance of $10,000, Irvine and his crew get to work, updating menus, retraining staff and often revamping the restaurant’s interior — sometimes undertaking a complete overhaul to improve aesthetics. With the work complete people are then asked to dine at the establishment and offer feedback (on camera) about the changes.
The show is in its fifth season and has aired roughly 50 episodes. Thousands of people apply, so for Whiskey Creek to make a cut is a pretty big deal. The show’s arrival in Keyport next week will be its first time in Washington.
If you haven’t seen the show, you might recognize the British host from other culinary reality television shows, including “Dinner: Impossible”, “Worst Cooks in America” and “The Next Iron Chef”. (He’s the tall guy with bulging biceps and a British accent).
So, here’s your chance to (possibly) be seen on television. All you have to do is call Whiskey Creek and make reservations for Sept. 28. There’s room for 175 reservations, which will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. The number is: (360) 779-3481.
I can’t promise you’ll meet Mr. Irvine, and I can’t guarantee you’ll make the footage that airs when the show appears on the Food Network, but if nothing else you’ll get a good meal — right?