Robert deems the barbecue bland and the management inefficient when he arrives at the Mill Creek BBQ in Redlands, Cal., in the Season 8 premiere, which also finds him helping to repair the owner's relationship with her 21-year-old daughter.
Bland food, poor service and no lunch crowd are among the problems identified by Robert when he arrives at Tootie's Texas Barbecue in Cathedral City, Cal., which is owned by a woman who recently battled cancer.
A couple who have spent two years trying to make Pasión Latin Fusion Restaurant in Albuquerque a success ask for help from Robert Irvine, who determines that tension between the owner's wife and brother is bad for business, as is a menu that leaves costumers confused and frustrated.
Robert tries to help Urban Roots, a restaurant and entertainment venue in Oklahoma City, become a success, but first he has to reignite the owner/chef's passion for cooking and light a fire under the lackadaisical staff.
Robert offers advice to a seemingly passionless businesswoman who's finding it difficult to keep Bryant's Seafood World in Hueytown, Ala., afloat after taking over the hometown favorite four years ago, during which time she has neglected the menu, decor and grime.
Chef Robert Irvine celebrates the show's 100th episode by offering a glimpse at what goes on behind the scenes. Included: interviews with the people who make the makeovers possible; and a look back at the dirtiest kitchens, most stubborn owners and memorable reveals.
A BBQ restaurant with a caveman/dinosaur theme needs to be saved from extinction in Winter Garden, Fla. On Robert's to-do list is an overhaul of the decor, which consists of inflatables and foam rocks. He also offers tips to control the kitchen chaos created by the owner's brother.
Robert helps the owner and operator of a successful sawmill turn Big Jim's Bama Q in Hammondville, Ala., into a barbecue destination, but first he has to teach him a thing or two about what it takes to thrive in the food business.
A business and marriage are in trouble when Robert arrives at Grace's Place Bagels and Deli in Palm Coast, Fla., which is owned by a couple who are $320,000 in debt and are failing because of a lack of communication and teamwork.