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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (January 31, 2012) – When celebrity chef Robert Irvine of the Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible” visited Del’s in Bloomfield to save the failing 62-year-old icon, La Roche College interior design students participated on the set.

According to La Roche College Interior Design student Jacqueline Sipos, “Once I arrived on set at Del’s I could tell I was in for a hectic, chaotic day. It wasn’t even 9 a.m. and people were already running around like crazy. Once I met with the HGTV designer, Cheryl Torrenueva, who was in charge of leading the design assistants, I had a little more direction of what needed to be done for the restaurant to reopen by 6:30 that evening. I helped assemble ceiling fans, painted anything you could imagine needing a coat of paint, from light fixtures to cubbies and tables to shutters. Chef Irvine was screaming at everyone and anyone in hopes that it would make us work a little faster in order to open at the scheduled time.”

Kelsey Landis, who is a senior at La Roche College said, “Helping out on the set of ‘Restaurant Impossible’ earlier this month as a design assistant was an amazing experience. It was really interesting to see a designer’s role in a major television show such as ‘Restaurant Impossible.’ We spent the day painting and helping out the designer where ever needed. Since we volunteered for the last day of renovation, we had the opportunity to partake in the insanity of putting the restaurant back together in time for the reopening that evening.”

This episode of “Restaurant Impossible” airs Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 10 p.m. on the Food Network.

For more information contact Dr. Nicole Bieak Kreidler, assistant professor and chair, Interior Design department, La Roche College at 412-536-1081 or

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

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