Mama Lee's Soul Food Restaurant in San Antonio, Texas is starving for attention and is the project for Food Network Star Chef Robert Irvine's show, Restaurant Impossible. Chef Irvine is shocked by the horrendous state of the kitchen and calls in the only guys for the job -- the Kitchen Cousins. John and Anthony saddle up and head to Texas to save a kitchen that is in serious need of some love: the bare sewage pipe runs right over the food prep station and 4 years of piled on grease oozes over the appliances and the floor, making the restaurant a comfortable home for the infestation of roaches and rats. The kicker? The guys only have 24 hours to demolish, gut, install, streamline and transform this kitchen before the restaurant reopens for business. Can the guys handle the pressure and deliver a kitchen that is ready for some country cooking? Or will this kitchen be impossible?
Dori is a shoe designer who has been slowly remodeling her LA bungalow to fit her funky tastes. But when it comes time to redo her kitchen, she doesn't even know where to begin. Luckily, the Kitchen Cousins are in LA filming Design Star and decide to pop in for a visit. The Cousins have a ton of ideas, including a 3D-looking backsplash, an island inspired by a dining room table, and opening up the adjoining rooms to create more space. But they want to keep a few things as surprises - including a totally wild pink countertop. Will Dori put on her dancing shoes, or will the guys get the boot?
Jarred and Leah have a wonderful two-story row home in New Jersey. The home has a great classic charm with original hardwood floors, crown molding, and amazing turn of the century features throughout. The kitchen is another story - it's tiny, poorly laid out, and totally uninviting. The Cousins come up with some creative ways to make the space feel bigger and function better, including a custom window over the sink, a mirrored backsplash, and a breakfast bar that folds away against the wall.
A home renovation project ends in disaster, leaving Lynn kitchen-less for over 8 months. Trying to maintain a sense of home for her 11 year old son, Lynn manages to prepare three meals a day and a complete Christmas dinner in a bare room with exposed studs, holes in the floor and only a microwave and toaster oven for appliances. As Lynn's patience wears thin, Anthony and John step in and vow to complete the renovation in just one weekend. But with french doors that lead from Lynn's kitchen to a several foot drop, John and Anthony feel the need to add on to the project - building a massive deck from which Lynn can relax and watch her son play. Lynn is a supermom struggling in a construction-site kitchen and the Cousins transform her life in 48 hours.
Michael has a big surprise in store for his wife Kimberly and is enlisting the help of Mom Cave's Beth Stern and the Kitchen Cousins to make it happen. Kimberly has sweet childhood memories of cooking authentic Italian dishes with her father in their Tuscan kitchen. And now that her father is in a nursing home, Michael wants to bring Kimberly back to her childhood by resurrecting that kitchen in their Long Island home. Kitchen Cousins John and Anthony are the perfect guys for the job. They love the idea of recreating the Tuscan kitchen from Kimberly's youth while adding new elements to make it even more unique. Built-in wine barrels with flowing taps fit Kimberly's adult side while the must-have terra cotta floors bring back all the memories of cooking with her dad. The cousins have a big job ahead of them. Will the kitchen live up to Kimberly's dreams and properly commemorate her father?
Sometimes it's what's behind the walls that makes all the difference. When John and Anthony take a look at Joel and Maria's kitchen, the first thing that stands out is an unusually thick wall. After a little exploratory demolition they discover an incredible hidden fireplace which completely changes their original design. But as construction progresses, the fireplace they fell in love with becomes their biggest nightmare. Will this hearth be the centerpiece of the home, or will the whole job go down in flames?
Sean thought he was saving the day when he snaked the tub in his upstairs bathroom. Unfortunately, his heroic efforts ended in disaster when he broke a pipe and caused the ceiling above his kitchen to literally come crashing down. His wife, Dewanna, seized the opportunity to get the kitchen of her dreams. Enter the Kitchen Cousins. The guys open up the walls and rearrange the rooms to create a unique open floor plan and a design that incorporates Sean and Dewanna's classic and chic style.
With a little one on the way, Mike and Danielle have a kitchen with some BIG design problems. The layout is anything but functional - there are doors that lead to nothing, strange cabinet configurations, and a useless standalone dishwasher. And hidden inside the cabinets is a radiator that makes the countertops hot to the touch and has the homeowners steaming. John and Anthony come up with a beautiful design that opens up the first floor and ties the overall design of the home together. Rustic black cabinets with a weathered look show off the home's colonial style. But the real design feature is the use of copper... everywhere. A copper tile backsplash and a beautiful copper range hood in the center of the room add a warm feeling to the space. And a custom wrapped copper countertop for the bar area is a one-of-a-kind showpiece. This is a home built for a growing family that they'll be enjoying for years to come!
Ellen Degeneres has a big surprise for one of her viewers, and she calls in the Kitchen Cousins to help her accomplish it! During a taping of her show, she surprises Julie and her family with much needed vacation in Miami. But there's another part of the suprise they don't know about! Ellen has sent the John and Anthony to their home in Pittsburgh to redo their kitchen while they're gone! But once John and Anthony learn more about how the family's recent job struggles, they decide that a kitchen is not enough for the young family. So while John and Julie play in the ocean with their two little girls, John and Anthony demolish the interior of their old home and start over. They demo the walls in the kitchen, living and dining areas, creating an open floor plan that's perfect for spending time together as a family. Then they set about designing a kitchen that will no doubt exceed the family's dreams! They completely redecorate the whole living space, and also create a playroom where the girls can literally write on the walls. And they still wanted to do more, so they gave them two brand new beautiful bathrooms. You don't want to miss the look on their faces, or Ellen's, when the cousins reveal their new home to them.
After her 30th birthday, Seida decided to bite the bullet and buy her first house, a fixer upper in the neighborhood she grew up in, with or without Prince Charming. But her fairy tale dream home turned into a renovation nightmare when a wicked contractor walked out on the job, leaving Seida kitchen-less and lost. Jersey's Knights in Shinning Armor come to her rescue and promise to give Seida the open floor plan of her dreams with a long run of countertop space and an island to match. Seida is also visited by Fairy Godmother Kathie Lee who waves her magic wine glass and completely redesigns Seida's living room, giving it a girly yet mature feel. As for the kitchen, John and Anthony design a space that embodies the new homeowner - a North African backsplash gives the kitchen an old-world feel that reminds Seida of her childhood while light beech wood cabinets and a custom shelving unit with a high-gloss finish give the kitchen that modern touch she craves. It's a construction fairy tale that will make you believe in happily ever afters.
This week the Cousins create a rustic luxe kitchen for fashionista Jeannie Mai of the Style Network and Freddy Harteis, Sportsman Channel's Hollywood Hunter. This husband and wife want to marry their opposite and unique styles. Jeannie takes Anthony and John to one of her favorite restaurants on the Sunset Strip for inspiration and the guys get back to nature with Freddy on an archery range to get those design juices flowing. John and Anthony mix up some crazy ideas to combine rustic and luxury including a modern quartz countertop with a crocodile pattern and an ancient take on wood paneling. They bring in some raw California redwood to top a one-of-a-kind bar and even put their own twist on taxidermy. The finished product feels like a cozy cabin in the woods with sexy Hollywood style.
Although the 1980's was a good decade for Alfonso Ribeiro who played Carlton on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, he and his girlfriend Angela are tired of taking a blast to the past every time they walk into their kitchen. They asked Anthony and John to gut and update the space with a contemporary and warm design. But when Angela hesitates about the grey shades in the cabinets, the guys have to find creative ways to incorporate tones to brighten the kitchen and please their client. Will Alfonso and Angela be dancing at the reveal? Or will the greys in the kitchen leave them feeling flat?
This week is all about surprises. Vanessa Williams wants to surprise her brother Chris with a new kitchen in his beautiful LA home. While he's away, the Cousins sneak in to transform the outdated kitchen. Their plan is to add space by removing what may be the world's tinniest bathroom and opening up a wall. But a structural surprise during demolition proves to be a major headache for Anthony and John. To utilize Chris' courtyard and make the kitchen an indoor and outdoor entertaining space, the Cousins get creative and install a feature we promise you've never seen in a kitchen before. Will the guys complete the kitchen to Vanessa's standards before her brother comes home?