You may have listened to several motivational talks with punchlines like, “if you believe it, you can achieve it.” How about being told, “cook your way to the top.” If that sounded strange, well, that’s exactly what Robert Irvine did. The guy literally cooked his way through the hotels and the high seas of the Caribbean, South America, the Far East and of course, Europe.
Robert Irvine is an English celebrity chef and talk show host who has hosted and been featured in several Food Network programs including widely-watched shows such as Worst Cooks in America, A Hero’s Welcome, Dinner: Impossible, Restaurant: Impossible, Restaurant Express, Operation Restaurant, All-Star Academy, Guy’s Grocery Games, and Chopped: Impossible.
He owns and operates the popular, uptown restaurant, Robert Irvine’s Public House, situated at the Tropicana resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. He also runs a daytime talk show. The Robert Irvine Show aired on weekdays between September 2016 and May 2018, on The CW. More than that, Irvine is a husband and a father of two. Join us, let’s tell you more about the celebrity Chef and his incredible career.
Robert Irvine’s Bio, Age
Robert Irvine was born—Robert Paul Irvine—in Wiltshire, England, on September 24, 1965, to middle-class parents. He spent the most part of his formative years in Wiltshire, United Kingdom. We’re not privy to details about his childhood, early education, parents or what they did for a living. We, however, know that Irvine began his culinary career way early. At age fifteen, he was enlisted into the UK’s Royal Navy. But not as a sailor. Irvine positioned himself at perhaps the most strategic spot in the naval chain; food.
After completing culinary training, Irvine went on to serve aboard the Queen’s Royal Yacht Britannia. At the end of his compulsory ten-year tour of duty, Irvine moved to Jakarta Indonesia where he worked as a consultant in the town Bali, and then in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. After which he become Executive Chef aboard several cruise ships and organizations including Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal, and the five-star MS Crystal Harmony.
Irvine began his TV career on Food Network’s show Fit for a King (later re-titled to Dinner: Impossible). The visibility he enjoyed from the show later led to the even more success with his own TV show, Restaurant: Impossible. Irvine was on the team of celebrity chefs who worked in the fundraising dinner for the 77th Academy Awards back in 2005. The following year, he served as Head Chef at their 78th Academy Awards dinner. In 2015, Irvine founded the Robert Irvine Foods; and through that, has introduced an Irvine-branded line of spices, oils, and foods. Part of the profits from the business goes to his foundation, which supports the US military. Philanthropy there!
Asides that, Irvine is a celebrated author. In 2007, his first cookbook, Mission: Cook!, which he co-wrote with Brian O’Reilly, was published by HarperCollins Publishers. In December of that year, he appeared in one episode of Iron Chef America alongside Tyler Florence in a dessert contest against Paula Deen and Cat Cora in which both men lost.
As of this writing, Robert Irvine is a member of the Council of Chefs and also Cora’s charity. An establishment that helps hungry children across the United States. As a fitness junkie, Irvine once made it to the list of the “25 Fittest Guys in America” by Men’s Fitness magazine back in 2007. If he was ever described to you, the description would go like, “look for the guy in a black T-shirt or chef’s jacket having the Irvine clan badge with the slogan: “sub sole, sub umbra, virens.” To mean; flourishing in both sunshine and shade.
Robert Irvine’s over 30-year culinary career has seen him host or been featured in several shows including Worst Cooks in America, A Hero’s Welcome, Dinner: Impossible, Restaurant: Impossible, Restaurant Express, Operation Restaurant, All-Star Academy, Guy’s Grocery Games, and Chopped: Impossible. He has built a reputation of revamping several struggling restaurants and improving their profitability. He has been the recipient of several awards including the prestigious Honorary Chief Petty Officer by the U.S. Navy, and the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment and Support of our Service Members.
In the fall of 2016, he became the first celebrity chef to open a restaurant eponymously named Chef Robert Irvine’s Fresh Kitchen, based in the Pentagon. In 2018, he received the ASYMCA Angel of Honor Award.
Is Robert Irvine Gay?
Robert Irvine is married to Gail Kim since 2012. However, he was once married to Karen Irvine. Together they had two daughters. The records don’t show Irvine being gay, neither has he come out plain to state so.
With thousands of cooking and on-air hours under his belt, Robert Irvine has not only earned a name for himself but some much fortune too. As of 2019, sources reveal his net worth to be over $8 million. Although it’s not known how much he earns annually.
Height and Body Measurement
Now over fifty, Robert Irvine still maintains his sturdy, muscular looks. He stands 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 meters) and weighs 82 kg. He has light brown hair and blue eyes. However, we have no tabs on his shoe size or body measurement. When we get the specifics, we’re sure to put them all out for you.