Robert Irvine

With more than 25 years in the culinary profession, Chef Robert Irvine has cooked his way through Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean and the Americas, in hotels and on the high seas. As the host of one of the Food Network’s highest rated shows, Restaurant: Impossible, Irvine saves struggling restaurants across America by assessing and overhauling the restaurant’s weakest spots. Irvine was previously the host of Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible and Worst Cooks in America, has authored two cookbooks, Mission: Cook! and Impossible to Easy, and one healthy living book, Fit Fuel: A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well and Living Your Best Life. Irvine is currently on tour with his new, interactive live show Robert Irvine Live, and appears regularly as an expert guest on national morning and daytime talk shows. In 2015, Irvine launched Robert Irvine Foods, a company that features a nutritionally improved line of food products without compromising great taste. Irvine recently established the eponymously named non-profit organization, The Robert Irvine Foundation, in an effort to support military personnel and their families. Now in operation for a few years, the foundation continues to grow and assist those in need. In recent years he was honored with two very distinguished recognitions for his dedication to the armed services and our country’s heroes. He was first designated Honorary Chief Petty Officer by the U.S. Navy, and later that year awarded the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment and Support of our Service Members – a distinguished Patriot Award
bestowed upon him by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Continuing his support of the military, Irvine will soon become the first celebrity chef to open a restaurant, aptly named Chef Robert Irvine’s Fresh Kitchen, at the Pentagon in the summer of 2016. Also, Irvine announced the launch of the Robert Irvine Magazine in May 2016, a new daytime talk show that will premiere on the CW Network on September 12, 2016 and the opening of a new restaurant in Las Vegas at the Tropicana in 2017. For more information on Chef Robert Irvine, visit www.ChefIrvine.com.

More about Robert Irvine
What is your earliest memory involving food or wine? I used to help my mom prepare Sunday roasts as a kid, but my first real interest in cooking came when I took a home economics class in high school. I still remember the first dish I had to make in that class. It was a Quiche Lorraine. While not an overly complex dish, it is a great example of a simple food that is incredibly delicious when prepared to perfection. This is what fuels my passion for cooking... it's the challenge of achieving perfection with no more than a few quality ingredients, and watching how those foods can bring people together to enjoy its simple pleasures. My favorite SOBEWFF® memory is: Each year brings dozens of new and lasting memories at SOBEWFF. My favorite memory was at Party: Impossible hanging upside down in the middle of a parking garage trying to build dozens of sandwiches. What a great party that was! Another charity/non-profit cause important to me is: A few years back I created The Robert Irvine Foundation. The Robert Irvine Foundation is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization that honors the men and women defending our country, first responders and the many other heroes in our lives. The Foundation's mission is to support individuals and organizations committed to enriching the lives of our heroes and their families. The Robert Irvine Foundation's primary focus is on giving-back and servicing our military personnel (active, retired, and veterans); striving to create awareness throughout the community of the sacrifices made by our military personnel and their families; and, inspiring community support for the men and women defending our freedom. If I could collaborate with anyone in the world on a project, it would be: This one is easy Bob Hope! Talk about a guy who lived a full life of giving back. I would love for the opportunity to learn from him and go on one last USO tour with him! I never leave home without my: Cell Phone! I couldn't keep in touch to run my businesses without it.