Robert Irvine is an English celebrity chef and talk show host who has anchored and has been featured in notable Food Network programs, 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. More so, he owns and operates the popular, uptown restaurant, Robert Irvine’s Public House, situated at the Tropicana resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. He also ran a daytime talk show, The Robert Irvine Show, which aired on weekdays between September 2016 and May 2018, on The CW.
Robert Irvine Initial Job As A Chef Was To Serve On Her Majesty’s Royal Yacht Britannica
The celebrity chef was born Robert Paul Irvine in Wiltshire, England, on September 24, 1965, to middle-class parents. He spent most of his formative years in Wiltshire, United Kingdom. We’re not privy to details about his childhood, early education, parents, or what they do for a living. We, however, know that Irvine began his culinary career at a very young age. When he was fifteen, he was enlisted in the UK Royal Navy, not as a sailor but to hone his culinary skills.
After completing his culinary training, Irvine went on to serve aboard the Queen’s Royal Yacht Britannia and had to undergo a compulsory ten-year tour of duty. Armed with the knowledge from his duty tour, the chef, who was eager for more exposure, moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, where he worked as a consultant in the town Bali, after which he went to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He also grew to become Executive Chef aboard several cruise ships and organizations, including Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal, and the five-star MS Crystal Harmony.
He Leveraged On TV Shows To Enhance His Fame
Irvine began his TV career on Food Network’s show, Fit for a King, which later became known as Dinner: Impossible. The show ran from January 2007 to March 2010, and out of the 8 seasons it showcased, Robert Irvine served as the host of 7. The visibility he enjoyed from the show later led to the launch of Restaurant: Impossible in 2011. The show, which is still ongoing, still features Irvine as its host, and it has recorded tremendous success worldwide, especially in the United States.
Aside from the show, the talented chef has been featured in diverse programs, one of which was the fundraising dinner for the 77th Academy Awards held back in 2005. The following year, he served as Head Chef at their 78th Academy Awards dinner. He was also seen in December 2007 in an episode of Iron Chef America alongside Tyler Florence in a dessert contest against Paula Deen and Cat Cora in which both men lost.
The chef, who has garnered more than 30-year experience in his culinary career, has also been featured in several other shows, including Worst Cooks in America, A Hero’s Welcome, Restaurant Express, Operation Restaurant, All-Star Academy, Guy’s Grocery Games, and Chopped: Impossible.
He Owns A Chain of Restaurants and Other Businesses
Robert’s leap to become a restaurateur started sometime in 2015 when he founded the Robert Irvine Foods through which he developed an Irvine-branded line of spices, oils, and foods. The aspiring restaurateur would then go on in the fall of 2016 to collaborate with Tropicana Las Vegas to start Robert Irvine’s Public House in mid-2017.
Within that period, he also became a co-owner of the distillery, Boardroom Spirits, located in Lansdale Pennsylvania. The chef opened another restaurant, Fresh Kitchen by Robert Irvine, in September 2019, and it was located at Allentown, Pennsylvania. This also marked a second Fresh Kitchen restaurant to be opened after the 2016 outlet in The Pentagon, Washington DC.
Unfortunately, Robert’s restaurant faced a major set back during the COVID 19 pandemic, which led to it shutting down. That notwithstanding, Robert went on to partner with the tech firm, WorkMerk, shortly after that to launch the mobile app, VirusSAFE Pro, which was created to ensure that restaurants adapt to laid down health principles.
Robert Irvine Is Also An Author & Fitness Enthusiast
Aside from the fact that Irvine is notable as a chef, he is also a celebrated author. In 2007, his first cookbook, Mission: Cook!, which he co-wrote with Brian O’Reilly, was published by HarperCollins Publishers. Three years later, in 2010, he launched another cookbook, Impossible to Easy, and by the next year, he became a regular contributor to Muscle & Fitness Magazine, where he published his recipes till sometime in 2016.
In 2015, he authored another book titled, ‘Fit Fuel: A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well, Getting Fit, and Living Your Best Life,‘ which gave an insight into his life as a young boy, and how he admired the physique of Arnold Schwarzenegger up to the time he joined the UK Navy. It was followed by his fourth book, ‘Family Table’ in 2018.
Robert has also graced the cover of several magazines, including Train Magazine and many others. He founded a magazine called Robert Irvine Magazine sometime in 2016. The contents of the magazine are very similar to what he has in Fit Fuel as it features workout routines, healthy recipes, as well as success tips from celebrities, and health tips from doctors and athletes.
The Multifaceted Chef Enjoys High Financial Status
From his days of humble beginnings at the UK Navy, Irvine went on to build a reputation for revamping several struggling restaurants and improving their profitability. Beyond that, he has established several successful restaurants, as well as trying his hands on other things like writing, which also proved to be quite a success so far.
More so, Robert 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 Service Members. 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 2020, sources reveal his net worth to be over $15 million. Although it’s not known how much he earns annually, we do know that in July 2020, Irvine signed a 2-year contract worth $8 million with Food Network for his show, Restaurant: Impossible, along with creating contents for Food Network’s Kitchen app.
When it comes to spending his money, Robert is a well-known investor, and he has done a great job in starting off several restaurants in different parts of America. He also supports several charity causes through his foundation, Robert Irvine Foundation, which he founded in 2014. The foundation’s primary focus is on supporting the US military personnel, both active, retired, and veterans. They do so by providing food and financial support, as well as health and wellness programs.
Robert Irvine Is Married To Former WWE Star, Gail Kim
Robert Irvine is currently married to the professional wrestler, Gail Kim. Kim is a Korean-Canadian professional wrestler and a graduate of Ryerson University. According to reports, the celebrity couple first crossed paths on the set of the food show, Dinner: Impossible. Afterward, they began a relationship, which culminated in an exchange of marital vows in May 2012.
Robert is credited for the elegant wedding ceremony they had, as he planned the whole event, leaving Kim with the only opportunity of picking her wedding gown. The event was so colorful that Robert also invited several big names in the industry to help with the cooking. Some of them include Elizabeth Falkner, who made a variety of cupcakes, Masaharu Morimoto, who helped with the sushi, while Michael Chiarello prepared the fresh mozzarella.
Before his marriage to Gail, Robert was previously married to a lady identified as Karen, with whom he had two daughters, Annalise and Talia. Not much is known about their union, but from the information gathered, he still shares a strong bond with his girls. Both ladies, who are now young adults, are very proud of their dad and do not cease to express their admiration for him on their social media pages. Although they might like their father’s profession, neither of them has followed in his footsteps just yet.