Chef Robert Irvine Loses Show over padded resume

Chef Robert Irvine of Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible

Chef Robert Irvine, Host of the food Network series “Dinner: Impossible” has lost his contract for padding his resume.

According to WFSB, Hartford Connecticut:

“Irvine had claimed that he helped design Princess Diana’s wedding cake, worked at the White House and graduated from the University of Leeds. But an article was published in the St. Petersburg Times last week that cast doubt on his claims.”

The Food Network released this statement on Friday:

“We looked into the situation and found that, as Robert has already admitted, there were some embellishments and inaccuracies in his resume. The few and minor incidents of the inclusion of these embellishments into ‘Dinner Impossible’ have been removed.

The show is, and has always been, completely accurate in the depiction of the cooking challenges faced by Robert. We will continue airing both old shows and the new season of programs currently in production. We have not renewed Robert’s contract for future seasons but will fulfill our contractual obligations. We rely on the trust that our viewers have in the accuracy of the information we present, and Robert challenged that trust.We appreciate Robert’s remorse about his actions, and we can revisit this decision at the end of the production cycle, but for now we will be looking for a replacement host.”

Chef Irvine at Sheppard AFB for the Air force 60th Anniversary Ball.
Chef Robert Irvine at Sheppard Air Force Base
for the Air Force’s 60th Anniversary Ball.

Chef Irvine also released a statement to his viewers expressing his remorse:

”I was wrong to exaggerate in statements related to my experiences in the White House and the Royal Family. I am proud of my work as part of the Guest Chef program in the White House, the opportunities I had on the Royal Yacht Britannia and my culinary accomplishments, and I should have stood on those alone, without embellishment.I remain committed and enthusiastic about my work with Food Network and other future endeavors. I am truly sorry for misleading people and misstating the facts.To all my family, friends and loyal fans, I will work tirelessly to regain your trust and continue to use my show and life to benefit the less fortunate.”

My thoughts on the matter:

This is the second time Food Network has let a cast member go for falsifying their resume. The first person to be let go over this situation was the favored winner of last year’s “Who Wants to be the Next Food Network Star”, Jason Adam Garcia. JAG had allowed producers and staff to believe that he was both a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom that had served in Afghanistan and a Graduate of a Culinary Institute, neither of which was true. These admissions cost him his chance at winning the contest, which was almost a given. (JAG was a veteran of Enduring Freedom, but never served in the Afghan Theater during the conflict.)

In Chef Irvine’s case the padding issues are at this point less clear. The original article that doubts his claims was posted in the St, Petersburg Times and can be found here (Article no longer exists).

The fact that he padded his resume a bit does not surprise me. What does surprise me is that the things he used to pad his resume with are such verifiable and high-profile omissions. the simple fact of the matter is that this man was qualified to do everything that he has been doing without any additions to his resume at all. The skill he brings to a kitchen are obvious. All you have to do is watch the man work. He’s a pro. I wish I could move half that fast with a knife, or had a quarter of his culinary knowledge.

But the fact remains that he lied.

Do I want to see “Dinner: Impossible” continue without Robert at the helm? No. Unfortunately Food Network really does not have another option at this point, since they have already set a precedence for terminating contracts with any member of their staff that lies on their resume. JAG was the first, but the rest of their cast must be held to the same levels of punishment, and in this case I can’t disagree with their choice,they are just doing what they have to do.

The thing that really yanks my chain about this is that both people that have had to be let go for this type of “embellishment” were former military members. This kind of behavior reflects badly on the armed forces as a whole and leaves a very bad taste in my mouth. Honestly I’m angry. I was taught in the military to be honest, to defend freedom and to be honorable in my actions. I was told that I was to fight the good fight and uphold traditions. Neither of these men has lived up to that standard and this disappoints me more than I can adequately express.

To chef Irvine I give my best wishes and hopes for the future. Unless there is a massive uprising from his fans I cannot see a way that the Food Network will renew his contract or even renegotiate it. I also feel that a public apology on air is in order. It’s only right.

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