Friday, November 24, 2017
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Video: A short visit with 'Restaurant Impossible' chef Robert Irvine

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They don't tell you this in journalism school: Photographing reality TV celebrities can be a little intimidating when they show up with a sledgehammer.

But all ended well for Tampa Bay Times photographer Brendan Fitterer when chef Robert Irvine agreed to a quick interview Thursday afternoon as the show Restaurant Impossible was filming at Hudson's Portu-Greek Café.

Fitterer had been standing across the street from the restaurant when an assistant producer tried to get him to leave. But he persisted politely and before he knew it, Irvine was granting a quick interview, which you can see in the video above.

Irvine's Food Network show has been in the area taping Wednesday and Thursday.

The premise of the show is to save one of America's most desperate restaurants from impending failure in just two days with a budget of only $10,000.

The general public was invited to a grand re-opening Thursday night to weigh in on whether Restaurant: Impossible has effectively reinvented this Pasco County father-and-son Greek seafooder.

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