Winner of Food Network's reality show The Next Iron Chef, Michael Symon will begin hosting Dinner Impossible tonight, kicking off with two back-to-back episodes: one on Alcatraz Island, the other on the New Jersey boardwalk. Symon replaced Robert Irvine after "embellishments and inaccuracies" were made on Irvine's resume in February.
According to this video interview (Warning: autoplay video), Symon wasn't allowed to cook on the historic prison island so he prepared everything at an off-site facility then shipped in the food. But as Iron Chef proved, Symon loves a good adrenaline rush. "I'm always pretty jacked up for a good competition," he said in the video.
One episode to get excited for: a visit to the Crayola Crayon factory, where Symon had to spin a wheel with 64 crayons in a box—whatever color came up, that's the hue his cooked food had to be. The hardest? Symon says purple because as he pointed out, eggplant, when cooked, is no longer purple. Get all caught up on his blog, Symon Says. And after the jump, watch this preview episode of Symon making chocolate-covered bacon.