Everything You Should Know About Chef Robert Irvine

Despite being a famous figure on the Food Network, many fans don’t know much about Robert Irvine’s life. His backstory is very interesting.

When Restaurant: Impossible Chef Robert Irvine, who premiered on January 11, 2011, turned failed restaurants into successful restaurants in two days. We’ve gathered information about the celebrity chef’s background. While he is best known for his appearances on the Food Network (the network hosts the Kids Baking Championship and other popular shows), fans want to know more about the British chef. He’s been at the helm of Restaurant: Impossible for ten years.

Robert was born on September 24, 1965 in Salisbury, England. He didn’t start his culinary career until he joined the British Royal Navy at age 15. After completing his culinary training, he served on Her Majesty’s Royal Yacht Britannia. He also worked as a consultant in Bali, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City. Then he changed gears to become a chef for cruise lines and restaurants.

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While in the culinary industry, he didn’t get his first Food Network show until 2007, when his show Dinner: Impossible premiered. The show was on the air for three years before it was canceled. It was later brought back for four episodes in the spring of 2021. According to his Food Network profile, Robert has also hosted (or guest-starred) some of the best cooking competition shows like the All-Star Academy, Worst Chefs in America, Guy’s Grocery Games, and many more. Check out a recent Instagram post from Robert promoting a Bootcamps & Bites event below:

Although Robert is perceived as a tough guy at Restaurant Impossible, he also has a soft side. This is because he has two beloved daughters, Annalize and Talia, from his first marriage to Karen Irvine. Ultimately, that marriage didn’t work out and he has been married to pro-wrestler Gail Kim since 2012. The couple met on the set of Dinner: Impossible. The couple has lived in Tampa, Florida since 2013.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, viewers weren’t sure if the show would go back on the air, but it looks like things have returned to normal on the show with the appropriate security measures. The production team made sure the cast and crew were as safe as possible. The show briefly switched to Discovery + (as did the Spring Baking Championship) but returned to Food Network thanks to fans. It looks like Restaurant: Impossible is now here to stay.

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Restaurant impossible will air Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST on the Food Network.

Source: Food Network

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